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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia / Barber of Seville

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  • Performer: Tito Gobbi, Maria Callas, Luigi Alva, Fritz Ollendorff
  • Orchestra: Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra
  • Conductor: Alceo Galliera
  • Composer: Gioachino Rossini
  • Audio CD (24 Feb. 1997)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Callas Edition
  • ASIN: B000002RY1
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,880 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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CALLAS / ALVA / GOBBI / GALLIE

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I also have the recording made by Prey [late lamented], Alva and Berganza. That is a 4 and a half stars recording. In this recording Callas is just a shade better than Berganza and maybe, Gobbi, just shades it compared with Prey. But the differences are very small in each case. The joy of both recordings, to my mind, is the superb tenor voice of Luigi Alva. His partnership with both Gobbi and Prey is absolutely first class. His drunken billeting officer, wimpish Don Alonso and nervous Lindoro are such joys to which to have the pleasure of listening. Add to that my favourite orchestra[ Philharmonia] and chorus and the expertise of conductor Galleria and the supporting singers Ollendorff, Zaccaria, Carturin and Carlin thw whole performance is an absolute gem. It has to be a must for anyone interested in definitive operatic performances.
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Like many of my generation, I have been indelibly imprinted with this performance as the first I encountered and still the best I know, despite the fact that it employs illegitimate orchestration and implements several cuts such that it now fits onto two CDs. Those cuts are not that damaging and were standard in that era; the only serious omission is Almaviva's last big aria, "Cessa di piu resistere"; otherwise it is only recitativo scenes which are missing and we still get Bertha's perky aria, so often cut. For the complete score in a scholarly edition with the instrumentation Rossini actually wanted, the super-bargain Naxos issue remains the best bet although there is also a nice modern one starring Elina Garanca, Nathan Gunn and Lawrence Brownlee which is beautifully sung but perhaps a little po-faced compared with this one.

This recording was made in London in 1957 following the troubled La Scala production the previous year - although you would hardly guess that there had been difficulties, as it exudes fun and high spirits. As ever, Gobbi exhibits some dryness on his top notes and Callas wobbles a bit in the stratosphere - perhaps unwisely singing a high D at one point which is true of intonation but shakes somewhat - but otherwise they give a masterclass in how to inflect comic Italian text; Gobbi's verbal dexterity is a marvel. Callas's "single word "Ma" in her first big aria and "Un biglietto - eccolo qua" are both more cases in point; I can never understand how people could accuse her of being a humourless singer. She is certainly sharp and waspish but also charming and flirtatious - and her coloratura is superb, especially when she exploits her gift for perfectly even portamento.
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This is a terrific recording of Rossini's most popular opera based on the eponymous Beaumarchais play. Callas positively sparkles and the partnership between her and Tito Gobbi is electric. Add this to Alceo Galliera's effervescent conducting and you get what is still for me the best Barber around.
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