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.
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