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Rossini - Master Chef and Maestro

Tom Service marks the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death by exploring his legacy in opera and fine dining.

To mark the 150th anniversary of Rossini's death, Tom Service salutes the opera composer who was a celebrity in his own time, whose music was whistled in the street. A colourful, jovial character, Rossini was also a renowned gourmand (Bolognese-spattered manuscripts are evidence that he composed while he ate) whose love of food permeated his whole creative outlook. His innovative whipping up of musical excitement earned him the nickname "Signor Crescendo", and he had a healthy attitude to the ephemeral nature of his art: as today's guest, baritone Simon Butteriss, points out, Rossini famously re-composed a page of manuscript that he had dropped while composing in bed, rather than disturb his breakfast tray getting out of bed to pick it up. Rossini understood that music is an essential ingredient of everyday existence - and we all need him in our lives.

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Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    Largo al factotum (The Barber of Seville)

    Performer: Sir Thomas Allen. Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Le Comte Ory – Act 1 Finale

    Performer: Chorus and Orchestra of Lyon Opera. Performer: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Philips.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell – overture

    Performer: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Giovanni Paisiello

    The Barber of Seville – Diamo alla noia

    Performer: Istvan Gati. Performer: Hungarian State Orchestra. Performer: Adam Fischer.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Largo al factotum (The Barber of Seville)

    Performer: Sir Thomas Allen. Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville – overture

    Performer: Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Warner.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville – Act 1 Finale

    Performer: Magyar Rádió és Televízió énekkara. Performer: Failoni Kamarazenekar. Performer: Will Humburg.
    • Naxos.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Di tanti palpiti (Tancredi)

    Performer: Silvia Tro Santafé. Performer: Navarre Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Juliam Reynolds.
    • Signum.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La gazza ladra – overture

    Performer: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Performer: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Ah! qual colpo inaspettato! (The Barber of Seville)

    Performer: Agnes Baltsa. Performer: Francisco Araiza. Performer: Thomas Allen. Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Non piu mesta (La Cenerentola)

    Performer: Joyce DiDonato. Performer: Lyon Opera Chorus and Orchestra. Performer: Kazushi Ono.
    • Virgin.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Prelude pretentieux

    Performer: Stefan Irmer.
    • MDG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Un enterrement en carnival

    Performer: Stefan Irmer.
    • MDG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Mon Prelude hygenique du matin

    Performer: Stefan Irmer.
    • MDG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Petite messe solennelle – Kyrie

    Performer: Craig Sheppard. Performer: Paul Berkowitz. Performer: Richard Nunn. Performer: Ambrosian Singers. Performer: Claudio Scimone.
    • Philips.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Petite messe solennelle – Gloria: Cum Sancto Spititu

    Performer: Craig Sheppard. Performer: Paul Berkowitz. Performer: Richard Nunn. Performer: Ambrosian Singers. Performer: Claudio Scimone.
    • Philips.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Petite messe solennelle – Agnus Dei

    Performer: Brigitte Fassbaender. Performer: Katia & Marielle Labèque. Performer: David Briggs. Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
    • EMI.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell – Finale Act 4

    Performer: Chorus and Orchestra of Santa Cecilia. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI.

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