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Rossini's La Cenerentola is a fine mix of operatic comedy and technical marvels
Repertoire: La Cenerentola
Artists: Soloists, Royal Opera House Orchestra & Chorus/Carlo Rizzi
Label: Warner 4509 94553-2
The early 1990s were a great time for Rossini's Cenerentola recordings: Berganza’s was reissued at bargain price, Bartoli’s came out in 1992, and this version with Jennifer Larmore came out in 1994. For many this was the clear first choice. Larmore is a technical marvel with a fabulously rich sound, Alessandro Corbelli’s comic gifts are brilliantly showcased as Don Magnifico and Raúl Giménez is a heavenly Ramiro. With ensembles that go like a rocket and excellent accompanying, it’s a joy.