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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia ()

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composed by Gioachino Rossini

On paper, this looks like a dream version of The Barber of Seville -- Beverly Sills, Nicolai Gedda, Sherrill Milnes, Renato Capecchi, and Ruggero Raimondi, conducted by James Levine. It's never less than fully professional, but only occasionally catches fire and lifts off with the lightness that characterizes truly transcendent performances of Rossini comedies. There are portents of things to come in the overture; James Levine leads the London Symphony Orchestra in perfectly respectable reading -- which is just the problem ...

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Rossini: Il barbiere di Siviglia
2004, Warner Classics

UPC: 724358552324

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