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Gioachino Rossini - L'italiana in Algeri - "Pronti abbiamo" & "Pensa alla patria" (Agnes Baltsa)

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Uploaded on Oct 19, 2008

As I have already posted both of Isabella's superb second arias, I though that it would be perfectly fitting to present as a finishing touch to my selections from "L'italiana" Isabella's superb final rondo.

Opening with a handsome chorus for the men, the piece is introduced by a stunningly vivid recitative for the heroine, as she addresses the Italian slaves, chases Taddeo for his ceaseless laughter and consoles her lover. The aria, decorated with delicious ornaments and a superb orchestral line suggesting the waves of an ocean, is, primarily, an invocation of Italy, to remind the slaves what they must be fighting for. After a short scene where Isabella again attacks Taddeo for his dishonorable attitude. The aria is then continued in an appeal to Lindoro's gentle soul. The tempo di mezzo is a dialogue between Isabella and the chorus, growing more and more sure of themselves. The exalted cabaletta is a stunning finish to a most superb example of Rossini's writing for the contralto voice. Enjoy :)!

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