Gioachino Rossini - Otello - "Non arrestar il colpo" (Frederica von Stade & Jose Carreras)


Another except to savor the young Carreras in a Rossini role, this time - the penultimate duet with Desdemona. "Duet" is actually a very liberal name for this scene which, on top of abandoning the unneeded in the situation idiom, is more like a string of concentrated passages connected by a hurried dialogue between the characters. The piece starts classically, as if it is going to continue in similar fashion, with opening verses for both Desdemona and Otello. We can immediately notice that Rossini refuses to use the same musical expression for both of these expressions with Otello's reply being given a strikingly different ornamental structure, as the lovers are already set against each other. A dialogue ensues in which Desdemona is shocked to learn Otello weighing the word of his enemy against that of his lover. The next duettino is built over a tormented musical background of a storm rising over Venice, as the lovers, echoing each other sing a dramatic invocation of their conflicting feelings only strengthened by the tempest. In the final dialogue, developed with the help of the "tempest", Desdemona accepts her sorry fate, before dying from Otello's hand. A "duet" of infinite dramatics and one of the more acute (story-wise) of Rossini's created. Jose Carreras is joined here by the lovely Desdemona of Frederica von Stade who remains my favorite interpreter of the role. Hope you'll enjoy :)!

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