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ROSSINI, G.: Otello (Spyres, Pratt, Guagliardo, Cluj Transilvania Philharmonic Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani)

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660275-76
Label Naxos
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First staged in Naples in 1816, seventy years before Verdi’s very different treatment of the same subject, Rossini’s Otello, based on Berio di Salsa’s play rather than that of Shakespeare, makes full use of no fewer than three lead tenors. In the 19th century the third act won particular praise for the Gondolier’s Song (Nessun maggior dolore) and for the Willow Song (Assisa a’ pie d’un salice), which features some of the composer’s most passionate writing for soprano (Desdemona). The opera concludes with the dramatic and ironic revelation of Jago’s villainy, the forgiveness offered to Otello and his final suicide. Verdi himself considered Rossini’s Otello a masterpiece.


Review By ,Der Neue Merker,April 2010

Rossinis OTELLO ist eines der erfolg- und folgenreichsten Werke aus Rossinis Meisterjahren in Neapel. Doch da die Oper für heutige Begriffe enorm hohe Anforderungen an die Besetzung stellt, wird sie längst nicht so häufig gespielt, wie es ihrer außerordentlichen Schönheit entspräche. Ganze sechs (!) Tenöre sind gefordert—und ein herausragendes Protagonistenpaar. Mit Michael Spyres (Otello) und Jessica Pratt (Desdemona) standen dem profilierten Rossini-Dirigenten Antonino Fogliani (Musikalische Leitung) für diese 2008 entstandene Aufnahme zwei glänzende junge Solisten zur Verfügung, die inzwischen auch auf internationaler Ebene immer mehr von sich reden machen:



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