It feels like someone's vision, a vision so deep that you can only try to follow it into the depths. For such a complete vision it must be Maestro Antonio Pappano.
He has brought them all into his vision. Ildebrando D'Arcangelo is the most musically expressive of my experience of him. I may have to revise my ideas.
The Orchestra e Coro dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia are with him for every note, every phrase. The Russian and two American soloists become Italian for a moment. Anna Netrebko is particularly spectacular, but I want to mention the wonderful work of Joyce DiDonato and Lawrence Brownlee.
This is Rossini after his retirement from opera, 1841, Spiritually Rossini lies somewhere between Mozart and Verdi, and the feeling in this recording brings us the intense beauty of this great Italian.