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on 23 December 2006
This is a new re-release of the 1960 analogue recording. The sound quality is excellent and whilst perhaps not as clinical as some digital versions the performances from Gianna D`Angelo, as a delicate Rosina, and the highly convincing Nicola Monti as the Count, are superb. Renato Capecchi plays a lyrical Figaro and in all the musicality of the recording makes it really listenable. The Counts serenade to Rosina [at track 5] and crowd scene at the end of Act 1 [Ma Signor] are particularly memorable. All round a very good buy which will not disappoint.
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on 15 March 2008
I disagree with the previous reviewer. Follow the CD with a score of the music and you will see how the performance has been cut in many places and even some arias transposed! Some of the male singers are decidely ropey - "smearing" their admittedly difficult runs. The singers far too frequently indulge in over the top improvisatory flights of fancy and leave Rossini's already highly decorated vocal lines some way behind. The sound is not bad for the period but again, when you follow the score you notice that a lot of the detail is missing - particulary in the brass and percussion. I would not recommend this even at it's bargain price.
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