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Wrong choir for a Rossinian work
on 9 October 2010
For me the best element of this version is the piano playing by the Labèque sisters, expressive, shapely, immaculate, stylish. The two female soloists are often singing out of tune, The tenor is not very exciting in his Domine Deus. But most of all, the problem is the choir, completely out of style, sterile in its inexpressive precision. Typically,the children and their master do not understand the latin text, the need for phrasing, let alone of Rossinian style of interpretation vitally needed for such a work. The fugues are flat in rendition, dull and samey: just empty notes, in other words. Depriving such a piece of its power of meaning couldn't be further from what Rossini would have wanted.