Spontini: Olimpia - Lorengar, Cossotto, Fr. Tagliavini, Guelfi, Zaccaria; Molinari-Pradelli. Milano, 1966
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Gaspare Spontini is one of those composers who wrote outside of any schools of music of his time. His was a truly unique sound. Maria Callas helped champion La Vestale about fifty years ago but Olimpia has always been in the shadows. It is most definitely worth similar re-examination. You could not hope for a better cast to carry it off with the likes of Pilar Lorengar, Fiorenza Cossotto and Franco Tagliavini. I highly recommend this opera to those who want to hear something new and different. I think that you will find the music fascinating. The sound is very good.