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Ken Meltzer
Fanfare, July 2017

Conductor Giuseppe Grazioli leads a spirited rendition that never lacks for energy, but also never exceeds the boundaries of taste and proportion that are part and parcel of the Classical style. The vocalists are all equal to the vocal, dramatic, and comic challenges of their roles. Giorgio Caoduro is a particularly strong presence as Don Piastrone, in fine voice, and relishing the text and music in a way that embodies the role’s buffo elements without ever lapsing into slapstick. The celebrated bass Roberto Scandiuzzi is perhaps a bit taxed by the remarkably wide vocal range demanded by Trofonio’s act I invocation to the grotto (“Spirti invisibili”). Nevertheless, Scandiuzzi brings authority, star power, and rich, imposing vocalism to this pivotal role. Overall, it is a fine ensemble effort that conveys the tension and immediacy of a live performance. © 2017 Fanfare Read complete review



Richard Lawrence
Gramophone, May 2017

The music falls easily on the ear. …Giuseppe Grazioli conducts a lively performance that was probably good fun in the theatre. The veteran Daniela Mazzucato is a characterful Madama Bartolina; Roberto Scandiuzzi booms impressively as Trofonio. Of the less wellknown singers, Caterina Di Tonno stands out as a bright-toned Rubinetta. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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