ROSSINI Il Turco In Italia / Bartoli 4783056
. . . [this new recording] is fiery, subversive and full of passion, running all on impulse, Italian through and through . . . rich, grainy strings, devil-may-care trumpets, impertinent bassoons . . . Mr Chailly's genius for the Rossini style has ripened with the years. His performance has daring and velocity, the music stripped for action, yet it is open-hearted and free-spirited . . . Mr Pertusi's Selim is as vocally expert as it is theatrically amusing. And Mme Bartoli dazzles here as rarely before . . . [her vocal brilliance in the aria "Squallida veste bruna!"] is a tour de force.