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The whole cast enters with zest into the high spirits of Rossini's squib; indeed Fanny's enthusiasm may on occasion take her higher than the composer intended. The large stage gives ample opportunity for comic exaggeration in gesture and movement, but the polar bear ensures decorum enough. The Haydn Orchestra of Bolzano and Trento under Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli is above praise, precise and dashing where required, yet seductively lyrical where the young Rossini demands. Playful snatches of Mozart from the resourceful harpsichord continuo are easy enough to identify; but that I leave to you.

From left to right: Saimir Pirgu as Edoardo Milfort, Désirée Rancatore as Fanny and Fabio Maria Capitanucci as Slook. Screenshot © 2008 Naxos Rights International Ltd
From left to right: Saimir Pirgu as Edoardo Milfort, Désirée Rancatore as Fanny and Fabio Maria Capitanucci as Slook. Screenshot © 2008 Naxos Rights International Ltd

 

Copyright © 19 March 2008 Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt

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Rossini: La Cambiale di matrimonio

2.110228 NTSC DVD 16:9 All Regions Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Surround 5.0 NEW RELEASE 83'13" 2008 Naxos Rights International Ltd

Paolo Bordogna, Tobia Mill; Désirée Rancatore, Fanny; Saimir Pirgu, Edoardo Milfort; Fabio Maria Capitanucci, Slook; Enrico Maria Marabelli, Norton; Maria Gortsevskaya, Clarina; Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento; Umberto Benedetti Michelangeli, conductor; Luigi Squarzina, director; Giovanni Agostinucci, sets and costumes; Tiziano Mancini, video director

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): La Cambiale di matrimonio ('The Bill of Marriage', comic farce in one act, libretto by Gaetano Rossi, 1810)

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