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Armida, Rossini's sole foray into the realm of the supernatural, brought out otherworldly colors and textures the bel canto maestro had never used before. DAVID J. BAKER explores the secrets of the composer's musical sorcery.

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Rinaldo bewitched by Armida, as painted by Italian Baroque master Annibale Carracci (1560-1609)
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