PAOLO BORDOGNA with FILHARMONICA AR­TURO TOSCANINI/FRANCESCO LANZILLOTTA

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Tutto Buffo ★★★

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The buffo role for bari­tones and basses in opera goes back to the

Com­me­dia dell’arte tra­di­tion, and is as­so­ci­ated with the works of Mozart, Rossini and Donizetti. Paolo Bordogna has been closely iden­ti­fied with th­ese roles over the past few years, and here he has cho­sen a cross-sec­tion of their arias. While his voice is ad­e­quate rather than mem­o­rable, he has mas­tered the sub­tle nu­ances of the dif­fer­ent stock char­ac­ters, in­clud­ing brave at­tempts to bring off the stac­cato and speedy pat­ter as­so­ci­ated with them. He is more suc­cess­ful in the Mozart and Rossini arias, with Le­porello’s Cat­a­logue Aria from Don Gio­vanni a model of clar­ity. The Donizetti arias, how­ever, prove more prob­lem­atic. The re­sult is a mixed bag, al­beit one with sub­stance. uni­ver­salmu­sic.it/clas­sica

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