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Rossini: La Cenerentola [DVD] 
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Juan Diego Florez and Joyce Di Donato star in this 2008 production of Rossini's 1817 Cinderella-inspired opera 'La Cenerentola' at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Patrick Summers conducts the Orchestra and Chorus Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona.
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I played the disc on a Sony blu-ray player on a Sony Bravia TV through a Yamaha amplifer/speakers set up and didn't find the sound a problem - a bit brash at times but the voices were true to what I have heard of the principals in the theatre. As anticipated, Florez has the role right in his voice and is a total pleasure. Ms diDonato is more than adequate and, even if she does not have one of those instantly recognisable voices, is infinitely preferable to Cecilia Bartolli who, for me, attacks the role in a way that takes away the vulnerability of Cenerentola (and I found my self agreeing with the sisters when they tell her to stop droning on about the 'Re' in her repeating 'leit motif' song) and she overacts to an astonishing degree. Also, I find the way she (Bartolli)adopts that pecking motion when she sings coloratura very unpleaseant to watch - a personal reaction I know but ... Dandini and the supporting cast are fine.
The one thing that lost the disc a star was the production, supernumaries scurrying about on all fours in rat masks outstay their welcome very quickly, Dandini's push-me-pull-you horse is just plain odd and the male chorus guy their entrances as seems to be the way with most productions of Cenerentola I have seen. Ponnelle's production now shows it's age in it's filmic style but would still be my top recommendation for this work - von Stade is simply adorable.
Right from the start it s obvious that the liceu production has a threadbare stringy sound:
The overture does not have that magical sound that will set our mood into the magic world of the story and most annoying is the cymbal clashes sonic that are akin to a distorted sneeze.
In contrast to this, the sonic of Decca release of the Huston Grand Opera is much more robust, dynamic and full-bodied, and that sound quality carries itself through the whole recording (speaking of the sonic quality of both productions).
Moreover, the sonic quality of this Liceu production has the characteristic of being cut and pasted, one sound-field piece upon the other piece, without depth perspective and no `who is bigger than the other': this is also obvious with the singing voices: the audio recording does not differentiate between who singles softer and who sings more with a full-throat - that, is courtesy of the multi microphones used throughout and the use of personnel microphones being glued to the singer's head or shoulders.
With the Huston production this sonic difference is very obvious: more `breathe' to the sound, more sweetness and more dynamics there.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought it to hear Florez and DiDonato and loved every note they sang. I was not too keen on the mice! Winifred ThomasPublished 10 months ago by Winifred Thomas
Loved this version of LA Cenerentola. A fun opera with great music.Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
I was pleasantly surprised how this made this across the pond so fast. Good service. Watching it was more than I expected. Juan Diego and Joyce di were magnificent!Published on 17 April 2014 by rubennyc