Rossini: Armida

Composer Gioacchino Rossini
Artist Cecilia Gasdia Armida
Ambrosian Opera Chorus
I Solisti Veneti
Claudio Scimone conductor
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 94222
EAN code 5028421942223
Release March 2012

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Armida is today considered one of Rossini’s greatest operas, but following its premier in Naples in 1817 it quickly faded from the standard operatic repertoire. Its plot of knightly duties, love and supernatural worlds (foreshadowing Weber in places) inspired the composer to write some of his most original and inimitable music, with unusual combinations of instruments and some beautiful extended solos for cello and violin. The love music is undeniably heartfelt and sincere; Rossini’s inspiration may have been assisted by his romantic involvement with the soprano Isabella Colbran, a major star of the time and the first to perform the title role.

Armida was revived in 1952 with Maria Callas in the lead role, and this began a trajectory that saw the work rise back to its rightful place in the repertoire. It is now considered one of Rossini’s masterpieces.

This performance with primarily Italian forces, has all the wit, charm, beauty and sparkle that any Rossini opera can wish for. Some big names here: Cecilia Gasdia, Chris Merritt, William Matteuzzi and Ferruccio Furlanetto.

Other information:
- Recording made in 1990
- Great addition to the Brilliant Classics Opera Collection.
- Includes booklet notes and downloadable booklet at
- ‘William Matteuzzi is superb both as Goffredo and as Carlo, his stainlessly gleaming tone perfectly apt to the bright world of chivalric endeavour; and Bruce Ford, marginally darker voiced, is the perfect complement. The bass plays a smaller part in the action, but Ferruccio Furlanetto is very fine in a role originally written for the great Michele Benedetti, Rossini’s first Moses…. [Cecilia Gasdia] is splendidly in command, singing with a degree of accuracy and spirit that almost inevitably eluded her stage rivals. Scimone’s aptly named I Solisti Veneti come splendidly into their own. Technically, the recording is excellent: good, clean sound in a pleasantly open acoustic… the set has much to recommend it’. Gramophone, December 1991

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Armida: Sinfonia
  2. Armida: Act 1: No.1: Introduction & Chorus: Lieto, ridente oltre l’usato (Chorus)
  3. Armida: Act 1: No.2: Cavatina: Ah! no: sia questo di tregua il giorno (Goffredo, Chorus)
  4. Armida: Act 1: Recitative: Si, guerrieri, fian sacre (Goffredo)
  5. Armida: Act 1: No.3: Recitative & Chorus: Germano, a te richiede (Eustazio, Goffredo, Chorus)
  6. Armida: Act 1: Quell’astro mattutino (Chorus)
  7. Armida: Act 1: Recitative: Signor, tanto il tuo nome (Armida, Goffredo, Idraote, Eustazio)
  8. Armida: Act 1: No.4: Quartet: Sventurata! Or che mi resta (Armida, Goffredo, Idraote, Eustazio, Chorus)
  9. Armida: Act 1: German, se togli al campo (Eustazio, Idraote, Goffredo, Armida, Chorus)
  10. Armida: Act 1: Per me propizio il fato (Armida, Eustazio, Idraote, Goffredo, Chorus)
  11. Armida: Act 1: Recitative: Cedei. Guerrieri, è ver (Goffredo, Eustazio, Gernando, Armida)
  12. Armida: Act 1: No.5: Recitative & Aria: Come! a Dudon costui (Gernando)
  13. Armida: Act 1: Non soffrirò l’offesa (Gernando, Chorus)
  14. Armida: Act 1: Recitative: Sorte ci arride (Idraote, Armida)
  15. Armida: Act 1: No.6: Recitative & Duet: Principessa, sei tu! (Rinaldo, Armida)
  16. Armida: Act 1: Amor! Possente nome! (Rinaldo, Armida)
  17. Armida: Act 1: No.7: Recitative & Duet: Ecco il guerriero, il Duce (Gernando, Rinaldo, Chorus)
  18. Armida: Act 1: Se pari agli accenti (Rinaldo, Gernando, Armida, Chorus)
  19. Armida: Act 1: Finale: No.8: Duet: Che terribile momento (Armida, Rinaldo, Chorus)
  20. Armida: Act 1: Finale: Stretta: Vieni, o Duce (Armida, Goffredo, Rinaldo, Chorus)
  21. Armida: Act 1: Finale: Amica la sorte (Armida, Rinaldo, Goffredo, Chorus)
  22. Armida: Act 2: No.9: Introduction & Chorus: Alla voce d’Armida possente (Chorus)
  23. Armida: Act 2: Recitative: Sovrumano potere (Astarotte)
  24. Armida: Act 2: No.10: Chorus: Di fiamme e ferro cinti (Chorus, Astarotte)

Disk 2

  1. Armida: Act 2: No.11: Duet: Dove son io (Rinaldo, Armida)
  2. Armida: Act 2: Recitative: Mio ben, questa che premi (Armida, Rinaldo)
  3. Armida: Act 2: No.12: Chorus: No; d’Amor la reggia è questa (Armida, Chorus)
  4. Armida: Act 2: Chorus of Nymphs: Canzoni amorose (Chorus)
  5. Armida: Act 2: No.13: Ballet & Rondo Finale: D’amore al dolce impero (Armida, Chorus)
  6. Armida: Act 2: Dance & General Chorus
  7. Armida: Act 3: No.14: Duet: Come l’aurette placide… ? (Ubaldo, Carlo)
  8. Armida: Act 3: Recitative: Oh quanto, amico, d’Ascalona (Ubaldo, Carlo)
  9. Armida: Act 3: No.15: Chorus of Nymphs: Qui tutto è calma (Carlo, Ubaldo, Chorus)
  10. Armida: Act 3: No.16: Recitative: Fuggite, infernei mostri (Ubaldo, Carlo)
  11. Armida: Act 3: No.17: Duet: Soavi catene (Armida, Rinaldo)
  12. Armida: Act 3: Recitative: O mio Rinaldo, ammira (Armida, Rinaldo)
  13. Armida: Act 3: No.18: Recitative & Trio: Lo splendor di que’ rai (Rinaldo, Ubaldo, Carlo)
  14. Armida: Act 3: In quale aspetto imbelle (Rinaldo, Carlo, Ubaldo)
  15. Armida: Act 3: No.19: Aria: Dov’è? … dove si cela? (Armida)
  16. Armida: Act 3: Recitative: Sia lode al ciel (Ubaldo, Carlo, Rinaldo, Armida)
  17. Armida: Act 3: No.20: Rondo: Se al mio crudel tormento (Armida, Corlo, Rinaldo, Ubaldo)
  18. Armida: Act 3: No.21: Finale: Dove son io! … Fuggi… (Armida, Chorus)