Reis­sues

BBC Music Magazine - - Opera Reviews - Re­viewed by Ge­orge Hall

Borodin Prince Igor

Elo­quence 482 6935 (1955) 205:33 mins (3 discs) Bel­grade Opera presents Borodin’s sole opera with­out cuts and some sense of style; but Du an Popovic´’s Igor is sur­rounded by undis­tin­guished per­for­mances, and more re­cent record­ings su­per­sede this. ★★

Rossini Il Bar­biere di Siviglia

Sony 19075811272 (1982) 155:18 mins (3 discs) A suave ac­count of Rossini’s clas­sic com­edy, with Ric­cardo Chailly and his La Scala forces clearly en­joy­ing the piece and a top-qual­ity cast ful­fill­ing the re­quire­ments of all the prin­ci­pal roles. ★★★★

Rossini La Cener­en­tola

Sony 18075811282 (1983) 147:46 mins (2 discs) With an al­most con­tralto qual­ity to her mezzo,

Lu­cia Valen­tini Ter­rani brings dig­nity as well as ac­com­plish­ment to Rossini’s Cin­derella, sup­ported by a choice cast and con­duc­tor plus pe­riod-in­stru­ment forces. ★★★★

Tchaikovsky Eu­gene One­gin

Elo­quence 482 6944 (1955) 149:14 mins (2 discs) This is from the same lo­ca­tion and vin­tage as the Borodin, and suf­fers in com­par­i­son to oth­ers in terms of cast, orches­tra and es­pe­cially sound, though Va­ler­ija Hey­bal’s thin-toned Tatyana is off­set by Du an Popovic´’s sturdy One­gin. ★★

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