ROSSINI Matilde di Shabran Frizza 4757688
Here is treasure indeed: a memorable recording . . . ["Matilde di Shabran"] catches Flórez at the peak of his powers . . . This is ensemble opera par excellence . . . Flórez is terrific, literally so at times . . . the entire cast and fortepiano player Rosetta Cucchi are fully engaged with the drama . . . Riccardo Frizza's conducting is fierce and sharp-edged in the modern style . . . Frizza's marshalling of the all-important ensembles is rarely less than masterly . . . [a solo aria is] the opera's showpiece finale, vividly thrown off by Annick Massis, who is well matched to Flórez histrionically and vocally . . . [this set is vastly superior to previous releases and] the version to have . . .
. . . Florez, époustouflant, donne la réplique à une Annick Massis légère mais brillantissime.