Simone Alaimo / Neville Marriner / Sumi Jo

Rossini: Il Turco in Italia

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AllMusic Review by Stephen Eddins

Philips' reissue of its 1991 recording of Il Turco in Italia is a welcome addition to the catalog. While it may not surpass Riccardo Chailly's Gramophone Award-winning version with Cecilia Bartoli on London, its cast is strong and the performance offers many charms. Rossini's cleverly structured farce within a farce offers a wealth of opportunities for singers with a gift for comedy to sparkle. In the central role of Fiorilla, soprano Sumi Jo has all the resources to negotiate Rossini's limpid melodies and vocal fireworks, but doesn't have the comic gifts to fully exploit the character's outrageous behavior. As the Turk, Simone Alaimo sings with warmth and a full, supple tone, and he does a good job communicating the humor of his character's romantic machinations. Enrico Fissore as Don Geronio, Fiorilla's old husband, fully inhabits the stock character of the foolish cuckold. Susanne Mentzer seems to be having a ball as the gypsy Zaida, and she sings with beautiful, rounded tone. Raúl Gimenez tackles the role of Don Narciso, Fiorilla's rejected suitor, with zest, and while his voice is not large, he makes the most of his romantic solos. Neville Marriner leads the Ambrosian Opera Chorus and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields with just the right fleet, irreverent touch. Philips' sound is mostly good, but occasionally the voices get lost under the orchestra.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), opera
1 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 08:26 Amazon
2 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:16 Amazon
3 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:16 Amazon
4 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 00:43 Amazon
5 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 04:07 Amazon
6 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:29 Amazon
7 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:42 Amazon
8 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:36 Amazon
9 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:34 Amazon
10 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:58 Amazon
11 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:41 Amazon
12 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 00:39 Amazon
13 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:29 Amazon
14 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:00 Amazon
15 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 05:15 Amazon
16 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:35 Amazon
17 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:35 Amazon
18 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:46 Amazon
19 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:18 Amazon
20 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:21 Amazon
21 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:31 Amazon
22 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 04:41 Amazon
23 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 00:39 Amazon
24 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:22 Amazon
25 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 04:38 Amazon
26 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:27

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy), opera
1 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 00:55 Amazon
2 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:01 Amazon
3 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:02 Amazon
4 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:25 Amazon
5 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:43
6 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:01
7 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:05
8 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:07
9 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:08
10 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:14
11 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 00:27
12 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:28
13 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 04:57
14 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:10
15 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 04:26
16 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:24
17 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:40
18 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:06
19 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:37
20 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 00:40
21 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 04:40
22 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 01:31
23 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:46
24 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:18
25 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:04
26 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:05
27 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 05:03
28 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 02:11
29 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:09
30 Simone Alaimo / Sumi Jo / Neville Marriner 03:01
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