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MEYERBEER: Semiramide

Composer(s):Meyerbeer, Giacomo
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660205-06
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Meyerbeer is probably best remembered for his contributions to French grand opera in Les Huguenots, Le prophète and L’Africaine. Semiramide is an early work dealing with legends of the earlier part of the life of Semiramis, Queen of Babylon. The plot is one of some confusion, incorporating a multiplicity of disguises, where brother does not recognise sister, and the heroine of the title masquerades as her own son. Musically the opera is a brilliant composition, an impressive example of the Italian style, with a strong Rossinian feel.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Who would have expected to see Bonynge conducting a new recording on Naxos? But he is directing a first recording of a recently rediscovered score, not a masterpiece by any means, but agreeable enough. Deborah Riedel is impressive in the title-role, in vocal partnership with Fiona James as Prince Scitalce, while her other suitor, Prince Ircano (Filippo Adami), sings ardently enough. The rest of the cast are sound, and Bonynge, as is his gift, keeps the pot on the boil throughout, and gets good support from the men’s chorus. A worthwhile novelty, competitively priced.


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