Rossini Rarities

Records

(Montserrat Caballé, RCA Italiana Orchestra; RCA Victor LSC-3015). Tancredi, Armida, the Siege of Corinth, all get a hearing. So does Desdemona’s Willow Song from Otello, though Rossini’s rather conventional tune sounds pallid alongside Verdi’s subsequent masterpiece. As always in her recordings, Caballé floats her tones beautifully.