G. Meyerbeer: Semiramide Riconosciuta

Semiramide     Clara Polito 
Scitalce           Eufemia Tufano 
Ircano             Aldo Caputo 
Mirteo             Federico Sacchi 
Tamiri             Stefania Grasso 
Sibari              Roberto de Biasio 

Orchestra Internazionale dell'Italia 
Slovak Choir of Bratislava 
Rani Calderon

Live recording from the festival della Valle d'Itria, issued by Dynamic

"Rani Calderon with the International Orchestra of Italy builds right in the overture a thinner sonority, compared to that of his Australian colleague [Richard Bonynge on NAXOS]. Under Calderon this Meyerbeer sounds more spontaneous, more Mozart-like and uncovers the parallels between young Meyerbeer and Rossini. With his love for detail Calderon makes the interesting details of the orchestration come out with a feather-like transparency and sounds historically well informed…"(Miguel Carbuia, magazin.klassik.com)

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Rencontres - a vocal recital of french melodies with Carlo Colombara

GABRIEL FAURE (1845 – 1924): Automne, Op. 18 No. 3; Poème d’un jour, Op. 112; Chanson du pêcheur, Op. 4 No. 1; Les berceaux, Op. 23 No. 1; REYNALDO HAHN (1875 – 1947): L’heure exquise; CHARLES GOUNOD (1818 – 1893): From Chansons grises: L’absent; HENRI DUPARC (1848 – 1933): L’invitation au voyage; Le manoir de Rosamonde; La vie antérieure; Phidylé; FRANCIS POULENC (1899 – 1963): Voyage; La grenouillière, Op. 5; JACQUES IBERT (1890 – 1962): Chansons de Don Quichotte: Chanson du depart de D. Quichotte, Chanson à Dulcinée, Chanson du Duc & Chanson de la mort de D. Quichotte; MAURICE RAVEL (1875 – 1937): Don Quichotte à Dulcinée: Chanson Romanesque, Chanson épique & Chanson à boire

"At the piano, Rani Calderon seconds his soloist's musical intentions with adroit musicality and crystalline articulations ...His judicious pedaling can make a drier effect than usual, but it also allows him to produce a dazzling array of liquid, multi-layered textures, notably in Hahn's "L'heure exquise" and in the Ibert cycle."  (STEPHEN FRANCIS VASTA, Opera News Online)

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