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The Freshness of the Morning of Life

Donald Macleod focuses on Rossini's early operas, including William Tell, Cambiale di matrimonio, L'Inganno felice, La morte de Didone and La pietra del paragone.

It's difficult to imagine now that for an entire century, until halfway through the last one, Gioachino Rossini's operas virtually disappeared from the world's stages. In his own time, he was hugely popular and prolific; he was without doubt the most successful composer of the early 19th century, who gave the public what they wanted and made a fortune. Donald Macleod tells the story of Rossini's first compositions for the stage, works that Rossini's biographer Stendhal believed "breathed with the freshness of the morning of life."

Rossini: William Tell, Overture (finale)
Daniel Perez Castaneda and Orchestra

Rossini: Cambiale di Matrimonio, Overture
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Sir Thomas Beecham

Rossini: L'Inganno Felice ("Tacita notte amica...")
Annick Massis, soprano (Isabella)
Le Concert des Tuileries, conducted by Marc Minkowski

Rossini: La Mort di Didone
Mariella Devia, soprano (Didone)
Filarmonica della Scala, conducted by Riccardo Chailly

Rossini: La Pietra del Paragone ("Chi è colei che s'avvicina")
Dariusz Machej, bass (Macrobio)
Czech Chamber Chorus and soloists, conducted by Alessandro de Marchi.

1 hour

Last on

Mon 23 Jan 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell - Overture finale

    Orchestra: Daniel Perez Castanada Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Perez Castanada.
    • Cinedisc: CDC1019.
    • Cinedisc.
    • 23.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cambiale di matrimonio - overture

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • Encore: CDE 7 67786 2.
    • Encore.
    • 1.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    L' Inganno felice - Finale -Tacita notte amica

    Singer: Rod Gilfry. Singer: Annick Massis. Singer: Pietro Spagnoli. Singer: Raúl Giménez. Singer: Lorenzo Regazzo. Orchestra: Le Concert De Tuileries. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ERATO : 0630 17579-2.
    • ERATO.
    • 15.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La morte di Didone

    Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca: 458 843-2.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Pietra del paragone - excerpt

    Choir: Czech Chamber Choir. Conductor: Alessandro De Marchi. Singer: Dariusz Machej.
    • Naxos: 8.660093-95.
    • Naxos.
    • 15.


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