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Rossini: The Italian Girl in Algiers (Highlights)

Jennifer Larmore; Alastair Miles; Sarah Tynan; Philharmonia/Brad Cohen (Chandos 3160)

The latest instalment in the lauded Chandos Opera in English label is Rossinis The Italian Girl in Algiers. One of Rossinis most wonderful comic operas, it has a plot full of wit, warmth and endearing craziness and music bubbling with fun and laughter.

Jennifer Larmore, who last appeared on Chandos Opera in English, in the Grammy-Award winning, Hansel and Gretel, is renowned for her performances of Isabella. She here performs the role in the premiere recording of the work in English language. Jennifer is superbly supported by Barry Banks, Alastair Miles and Alan Opie, under the lively baton of Brad Cohen conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra. Brad recently conducted Bizets The Pearl Fishers for Chandos OIE which elicited excellent reviews.

Issued as a highlights disc, this is the perfect way to familiarise yourself with the opera.


Gramophone
"A remarkable recording of the best bits of Rossini's comedy Jennifer Larmore has recorded the opera in Italian but her English Isabella, superbly articulated and projected, is both formidable and funny. Her Act 2 cavatina, played with the original cello, is the lyric highlight. Happily, the three men in her life are equally vividly characterised: Alan Opie as her hang-dog admirer Taddeo, Barry Banks a most eloquent Lindoro, and Alastair Miles as the lascivious Mustafa. Brad Cohen conducts superbly, bringing out the strength and expressive range of music that revels in the thrill of sexual confrontation..."

The Times
11th April 2009
****

"Jennifer Larmore is a technically impressive if weighty Isabella, Alastair Miles an odiously amorous Bey, but Alan Opies comic Taddeo takes the Rossinian honours."

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