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The Sins of Old Age

Donald Macleod focuses on the years after Rossini turned his back on opera for good.

In 1829, after an extraordinarily prolific and successful career, Rossini turned his back on the world of opera, for good. He was still only 37, but we can hardly grudge him his early retirement: he'd completed 39 operas in 20 years. Many attempts were made to try to lure the great man back to the operatic stage, but he never became actively involved in any of the projects dangled before him. His musical energies would become centred on his famous Saturday soirees at his apartment after he'd settled permanently in Paris in 1857. Donald Macleod focuses on these years of retirement, including Rossini's final masterpiece, the Petite Messe Solennelle.

Rossini: William Tell ("O muto asil del pianto...")
Chris Merritt, tenor (Arnoldo)
Orchestra of Teatro alla Scala, conducted by Riccardo Muti

Rossini: Robert Bruce, Overture
Orchestra Sinfonica e Coro di Milano, conducted by Riccardo Chailly

Rossini: La Regata Veneziana
Stella Doufexis, mezzo-soprano; Roger Vignoles, piano

Rossini: Giovanna d'Arco
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano; Charles Spencer, piano

Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle (O salutaris hostia & Agnus Dei)
Daniela Dessi, soprano; Gloria Scalchi, mezzo-soprano
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Communale di Bologna, conducted by Riccardo Chailly.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 27 Jan 2017 18:30

Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    “O muto asil del pianto...” - final act of William Tell

    Conductor: Riccardo Muti. Performer: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 422-391-2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Robert Bruce - overture

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Performer: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano.
    • DECCA.
    • 470-298-2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La Regata veneziana

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Stella Doufexis.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA67647.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Giovanna d'Arco

    Performer: Cecilia Bartoli. Performer: Charles Spencer.
    • DECCA.
    • 430-518.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    O salutaris hostia & Agnus Dei from Messe Solennelle

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Performer: Bologna Municipal Theatre Chorus. Performer: Bologna Municipal Theatre Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
    • 444 134-2.


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