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Rossini - Armida | Naxos - Opera 866055455

Rossini - Armida

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866055455

Barcode: 0730099055475

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 24th May 2024

Contents

Artists

Ruth Iniesta (soprano)
Michele Angelini (tenor)
Patrick Kabongo (tenor)
Moises Marin (tenor)
Chuan Wang (tenor)
Cesar Arrieta (tenor)
Manuel Amati (tenor)
Jusung Gabriel Park (bass-baritone)
Shi Zong (bass)
Krakow Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Jose Miguel Perez-Sierra

Works

Rossini, Gioachino

Armida

Artists

Ruth Iniesta (soprano)
Michele Angelini (tenor)
Patrick Kabongo (tenor)
Moises Marin (tenor)
Chuan Wang (tenor)
Cesar Arrieta (tenor)
Manuel Amati (tenor)
Jusung Gabriel Park (bass-baritone)
Shi Zong (bass)
Krakow Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra

Conductor

Jose Miguel Perez-Sierra

About

The story of Armida had already inspired around 70 composers by the time Rossini took it on both as an opportunity to measure himself against his colleagues, and as a special role for soprano Isabella Colbran with whom he had recently started a relationship. The narrative of Armida sees the arrival of a beautiful noblewoman at a Crusaders’ camp, asking them for help and protection. She claims that her throne has been usurped by the evil Idraote. However, she is in fact the sorceress Armida in disguise – and secretly in love with the heroic Rinaldo. This acclaimed Rossini in Wildbad production was admired for its ‘near magical casting’ (interlude.hk).

This 2022 Rossini in Wildbad production was received warmly by the critics: ‘The real sorcery lay in Michele Angelini’s Rinaldo. The American tenor boasts perfect technique, keeping his powerful voice free of any pressure. Wildbad cast Moisés Marín as Goffredo, the leader of the crusaders trying to conquer Jerusalem. He proved an inspired choice, catapulting his grainy and rich voice… Wildbad regular Patrick Kabongo… possesses a passionate and engaging voice though occasionally pressed high notes. Chuan Wang and César Arrieta were the final tenors, providing a perfect foil for Angelini in the trio “In quale aspetto imbelle”’ (interlude.hk).

José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and the Kraków Philharmonic Orchestra have recorded numerous Rossini in Wildbad releases for Naxos, including La scala di seta (866051213) considered ‘a most enjoyable recording’ in the Yorkshire Post, and Pizzicato observing that ‘José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and the musicians of the Krakow Philharmonic Orchestra provide light, warmly coloured orchestral playing. Pérez-Sierra knows when to give more space to the elegant charm and when to sparkling verve. He also strikes an ideal balance between the orchestra and the singers’.

Cast:
- Goffredo: Moisés Marín (tenor)
- Rinaldo: Michele Angelini (tenor)
- Idraote: Jusung Gabriel Park (bass-baritone)
- Armida: Ruth Iniesta (soprano)
- Gernando: Patrick Kabongo (tenor)
- Eustazio: Manuel Amati (tenor)
- Ubaldo: César Arrieta (tenor)
- Carlo: Chuan Wang (tenor)
- Astarotte: Shi Zong (bass)

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