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The Santa Cecilia chorus are the stars of the show, here – the challenges Rossini throws in their path in this delightful work pose them no problems, and they respond with peerless diction, tone and unanimity. With alert accompaniment from Pappano’s players and excellent solo contributions (Sara Mingardo is noteworthy), this makes a worthy operatic-feel alternative to Chailly’s filmed Leipzig performance (EuroArts, 2011).

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