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    I am going through a bit of a Rossini phase. I have always been a fan of Il Barbiere and La Petra del Paragone as well as La Cenerentola.

    Recently in have got into Le Comte as well as Otello , thanks to Cecilia Bartoli and the wonderful Javier Camerana.

    What recordings of these two do you recommend. I see Naxos has lots of Rossini... any good?

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    For Ory, there are two excellent DVDs: Glyndebourne with Annick Massis and Marco Laho + more recent Met production with JDF, Damrau and JDD. There's no reason to even consider getting into CDs before watching both of these.

    Otello is one of Rossini roles recorded by young Carreras. This recording (avaiable on Philips label) also includes von Stade and Ramey, so no need to think twice.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    La Petra del Paragone
    there should be more praise for that one I'm embarrassingly unfamiliar with Otello but I agree with Aramis on Le Comte Ory. The kind of thing you want to watch as much as hear.

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    Except for Il Barbiere, nothing decent from the Naxos label really springs to mind. The Il barbiere recording with Humburg/Failoni Chamber is good for a budget cd. Vargas is the only big name.

    Generally speaking, Naxos is quite ordinary/poor...a few gems occasionally slip through the net.
    This space for rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deggial View Post
    there should be more praise for that one I'm embarrassingly unfamiliar with Otello but I agree with Aramis on Le Comte Ory. The kind of thing you want to watch as much as hear.
    It's Rossini...they all sound the same
    This space for rent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Couac Addict View Post
    Except for Il Barbiere, nothing decent from the Naxos label really springs to mind.
    They have recordings of Tancredi, Donna del Lago, Cenerentola, L'Italiana and Semiramide which, while not neccessarily first choices, are of some considerable interest. And then there are always the obscure instrumental works they released.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    For Ory, there are two excellent DVDs: Glyndebourne with Annick Massis and Marco Laho + more recent Met production with JDF, Damrau and JDD. There's no reason to even consider getting into CDs before watching both of these.

    Otello is one of Rossini roles recorded by young Carreras. This recording (available on Philips label) also includes von Stade and Ramey, so no need to think twice.

    Agree with Aramis on these and also worth checking out

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    Is Le Comte Ory with JDF on CD worth seeking out? See it is about 25USD on the net.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    Is Le Comte Ory with JDF on CD worth seeking out? See it is about 25USD on the net.
    Musically, it's just slightly less exciting than the Met DVD.

    BUT GET THE DVD OMG YOU BUTCHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    You can watch the MET-production here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3v138hBDjU

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    You can watch the MET-production here:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3v138hBDjU

    I love it!

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    The opera rara label seems to have some great stuff with gorgeous sound. Will definitely look into it.

    What about La donna del Lago? Never seen a DVD of this. I think 2 CDs are out there.

    I have to disagree with those who don't like the naxos label, some are terrific and where else can you here music performed by the master Rossinian Alberta Zedda!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    What about La donna del Lago? Never seen a DVD of this. I think 2 CDs are out there.
    There is DVD from La Scala, Muti conducts. You can also find the broadcast from ROH, including JDF and JDD, around in the web.

    Whatever you choose, don't let it be Pollini's CD recording.

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    I listened to this version of La Donna del Lago recently. I can't compare the Zedda with any others as it's the only one I know, but it's one of the better Naxos outings. I liked it.

    LaDonnaDelLago1.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Aramis View Post
    For Ory, there are two excellent DVDs: Glyndebourne with Annick Massis and Marco Laho + more recent Met production with JDF, Damrau and JDD. There's no reason to even consider getting into CDs before watching both of these.
    Also worth considering: this with the wonderful Javier Camarena and Ceci:



    Otello is one of Rossini roles recorded by young Carreras. This recording (avaiable on Philips label) also includes von Stade and Ramey, so no need to think twice.

    I really love this recording. Buy it buy it buy it.

    Another one to consider, which is probably among my top 10 recordings, is this:
    Natalie

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