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Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Libretto by Giuseppe Froppa
Margarita Gritskova, Mezzo-soprano
Maria Aleida • Paula Sánchez-Valverde, Sopranos
Kenneth Tarver • César Arrieta, Tenors
Marcell Bakonyi, Bass • Michele D'Elia, Fortepiano
Camerata Bach Choir Poznań • Virtuosi Brunensis
Naxos 8.660403-04 [2 CDs]
While filled with Rossini’s distinctive musical hallmarks and notable for some wonderfull duets, Sigismondo was one of his very few failures in the genre, for which blame is usually laid at the feet of librettist Giuseppe Foppa. Today, however, we can appreciate how this tale of an abused wife who retains her love for her deranged husband pushes the boundaries of the grand narrative tradition into a more searching psychological drama. An emphasis on madness and guilt and coloratura expressions of inner feeling results in a fascinating meeting of convention with experiment, Rossini's subsequent reuse of his music for Sigismondo in later hit operas being ample evidence of its intrinsic quality.
Fritz KREISLER (1875–1962)
The Complete Solo Recordings, Vol. 7
HMV Acoustic Recordings, 1921-24
Victor Talking Machine Company Electric Recordings, 1925-26
Fritz Kreisler, Violin • Hugo Kreisler, Cello
Charlton Keith, Fritz Kreisler,
Carl Lamson, Pianos
This 7th volume of Fritz Kreisler's complete recordings takes us to the end of his acoustic sessions and to the first to use the new Victor electric system. Kreisler was exceptionally busy after the turmoil of WWI with a comeback in America, groundbreaking global tours, and a warm welcome back to England after being considered an 'enemy alien' during the war. At HMV he was joined by cellist Hugo Kreisler, whose fine singing legato adds a breath of Viennese style to the sound. At the introduction of microphone recording with its heightened realism and fidelity, Fritz Kreisler's playing was still at its peak, also benefitting from his favourite 1733 Stradivarius in Victor's New York studio.
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