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Another singer who’s left it late in the day to record a role is Ruggero Raimondi, who sings Rossini’s Mosè in a semi-staged performance of that opera filmed at the Duomo in Milan. The production is elementary, the lighting and visual design intermittently spectacular (projected onto the columns of the cathedral to great effect). Francesco Quattrocchi conducts with Rossinian aplomb and grace, but his work is undone by the acoustic, which provides such an echo that as cadences resolve we are still hearing them on their harmonic journey at the same time. Atonal Rossini: it’s a first. Raimondi looks noble and sounds generally anguished. The cast is passable, tenors Bogdan Mihai and Luciano Ganci providing grace and squillo respectively. Only Isabelle Kabatu seizes the stage and provides some vocal and theatrical thrills as Sinaide.

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