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The Great Renunciation

Donald Macleod focuses on Rossini's later operas, including William Tell, his final opera before his 'great renunciation'.

One of the legends which grew up about Rossini was the amazing speed with which he could complete an entire opera - two weeks in one case, eleven days in another. Overtures were habitually produced at the last minute, testing the nerves of theatre impresarios as the first night loomed. According to legend, one Neapolitan impresario resorted to desperate measures, locking Rossini up in an attic with a plate of macaroni, with four burly stagehands standing guard and ready to run with the music, as it emerged, sheet by sheet, to the copyists. Donald Macleod focuses on Rossini's later operas, including William Tell, his final opera before his "great renunciation".

Rossini: La Cenerentola ("Signore, una parole...")
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano (Cenerentola)
Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro Communale di Bologna, conducted by Riccardo Chailly

Rossini: Maometto II ("Ah! Che invan su questo ciglio")
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano (Anna)
Orchestra of Teatro la Fenice, conducted by Ion Marin

Rossini: Semiramide, Overture
Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, conducted by Alberto Zedda

Rossini: Le Comte Ory ("En proie a la tristesse")
Sumi Jo, soprano (Adele)
Orchestra and Choir of L'Opera de Lyon, conducted by John-Eliot Gardiner

Rossini: William Tell, Ballet music
The Hallé Orchestra, conducted by Sir John Barbirolli.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Cenerentola, ossia La bonta in trionfo - Signore, una parole

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Singer: William Matteuzzi. Singer: Alessandro Corbelli. Choir: Bologna Municipal Theatre Chorus. Orchestra: Bologna Municipal Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA : 436-902 2.
    • DECCA.
    • 14.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Maometto II - Ah! Che invan su questo ciglio

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Conductor: Ion Marin. Orchestra: La Fenice Theatre Venice Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 436 075-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Semiramide - overture

    Singer: Gloria Scalchi. Orchestra: Bologna Municipal Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Alberto Zedda.
    • RICORDI : RFCD 2018.
    • RICORDI.
    • 1.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Le Comte Ory - En Proie a la Tristesse

    Singer: Sumi Jo. Choir: Choeurs de Lyon. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS : 422-407.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 13.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell - ballet music selection, arr. Charles Godfrey Jr

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • SJB:1036.
    • Barbirolli Society.
    • 4.

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