Paisiello's "Il Barbiere di Siviglia": two hours of pure fun

Top Quote RC Record Classic Label has just released the new release of "The Barber of Seville" by Giovanni Paisiello. Impressions after a first listen. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) June 17, 2017 - Refined, fun and timely in execution. With this short sentence we could summarize our judgment after listening to the full-length performance of "The Barber of Seville" by Paisiello in the new Cd record produced by Rc Record Classic Label and available from June.

    Brilliant, caressing and dangling the Rosina's characther perfomed by Laurie Lambert Lane, engaged in a vocal part that Paisiello, perhaps more than Rossini's version, devised and wrote alternating the character with lively moments to more pathetic and sentimental ones. (A great the idea to repropose, in this execution, the cabaletta, always cut, in the air of the second act). Perhaps a little bit too much on the melancholy register of Richard Donnely's Count Almaviva, who, however, especially in recitativos, shows a skill and a voice full of colors and expressive abilities. Wonderfully fun and often involved in brilliant virtuosity, skillfully overcome, Riccardo Luzzi, a young Florentine talent, and Jeffrey Nelson (respectively, Don Bartolo and Figaro). At the same high level, remaining interpreters (Roberto Vicarelli, George Wilkinson - who offers us a really great Calunnia aria - Thomas Lansbury, Thomas Allen Smith and Bill Brownless).

    Harmoniae Templum Chamber Orchestra, an orchestra expert in the Baroque repertoire, plays on period instruments, enhancing color, dynamics, and score slogans, delighting to accompany singers without ever becoming anxious and ingenious protagonist.

    Simone Perugini conducts this formidable ensemble with energy, enormous theatrical and musical talent, profound knowledge of the executive practice of Italian classic opera, exalting and always highlighting, with all elegance, all the secrets of Paisiello's writing, without ever giving up the brilliance, fun and surprise effect.

    In our opinion, perhaps the presence of the Basso Continuo (perfomed by fortepiano, cello and double bass) during the recitativos at some moments may be overly intrusive and tends to cover the perfect execution and diction of the singers: but, in short, it is venial sin.

    Rc Record Classic release perhaps is one of the best recordings of Paisiello's most famous opera (composed by the court of Catherine II of Russia in 1782), which is able to return to the listener not only the perfection of Paisiello's score but the color and the atmosphere of the theaters and evenings of the time, forgetting for us a couple of hours the ruthless and often vulgar contemporary society.

    (English Translation by Rudolph Ammarett)

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