Rossini (1792-1868)

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3/5. Vienna, Venice and Brighton

From 1822, Rossini began to spread his wings beyond Italy, and as an internationally renowned opera composer, he was greeted as one of the major celebrities of his day wherever he travelled. Donald Macleod looks at the works associated with his first trips abroad.

Zelimira (extract: Ah! One Whole Day Has Passed!)

Alistair Miles (bass)

Philharmonia Orchestra

David Parry (conductor)

Zelmira (extract: end Act II)

Zelmira....Cecilia Gasdia

Polydorus....José Garcia

Antenor....Chris Merritt

Leucippus....Boaz Senator

Ilos....William Matteuzzi

The Ambrosian Singers

I Solisti Veneti

Claudio Scimone (conductor)

Semiramide (extract: Introduzione)

Semiramide....Cheryl Studer

Assur....Samuel Ramey

Idreno....Frank Lopardo

Oroe....Jan-Hendrik Rootering

Ambrosian Opera Chorus

LSO

Ion Marin (conductor)

La gazza ladra: Overture

Orchestra Filarmonica Della Scala

Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

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Donald Macleod explores Rossini's association with Naples, where, helped by the entrepreneur Domenico Barbaia, the composer produced nine operas, amounting to a golden age, both in his career and in early 19th-century opera.

Elisabetta regina d'Inghilterra (extracts - Sinfonia and End Act 1)

Elisabetta....Jennifer Larmore

Matilde....Majella Cullagh

Enrico....Manuela Custer

Leicester....Bruce Ford

Guglielmo....Colin Lee

Geoffrey Mitchell Choir

London Philharmonic Orchestra

Giuliano Carella (conductor)

Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo: Ah, non potrian resistere

Cecilia Bartoli (soprano)

Orchestra and Choir of La Fenice

Ion Marin (conductor)

Ricciardo e Zoraide (extract: Act II)

Zoraide....Nelly Miricioiu

Agorante....Bruce Ford

Ricciardo....William Matteuzzi

Ircano....Alastair Miles

Zomira....Della Jones

Ernesto....Paul Nilon

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

David Parry (conductor).

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Industrious Times
Rossini was extraordinarily prolific in the early stages of his career, sometimes producing three major operas in the space of a year. Donald Macleod looks at the works written in the period 1816-17, before the composer had reached his 25th birthday.
Il Barbiere di Siviglia (extract - Introduzione)
Conte Almaviva....Ramon Vargas
Fiorello....Kázmér Sárkány
Hungarian Radio Chorus
Failoni Chamber Orchestra Budapest
Will Humburg (conductor)
Otello (extract - end Act III)
Otello....Bruce Ford
Desdemona....Elizabeth Futral
Elmiro....Ildebrando d'Arcangelo
Rodrigo....William Matteuzzi
Emilia....Enkelejda Shkosa
The Doge....Ryland Davies
Lucio....Dominic Natoli
The Geoffrey Mitchell Choir
The Philharmonia Orchestra
David Parry (conductor)
La Cenerentola (extract - end Act 1)
Cinderella....Teresa Berganza
Ramiro....Luigi Alva
Dandini....Renato Capecchi
Don Magnifico....Paolo Montarsolo
Clorinda....Margherita Guglielmi
Tisbe....Laura Zannini
Alidoro....Ugo Trama
Scottish Opera Chorus
LSO
Claudio Abbado (conductor).

04Paris, The Last Opera20060323

Donald Macleod looks at Rossini's first sojourn in Paris, where, having launched the genre of grand opera, he composed his last work for the stage, before falling silent for nearly two decades.
Le Siège de Corinthe - Overture
LSO
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Le Comte Ory (extract - En proie a la tristesse Act I)
La Comtesse Adèle....Sumi Jo (soprano)
Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra de Lyon
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Guillaume Tell (excerpt: end Act II)
Gabriel Bacquier (baritone)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Kolos Kovacs (bass)
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)
Stabat Mater (extract: VIII Inflammatus et accensus; IX Quando corpus; X Amen, in sempiterna)
Barbara Frittoli (soprano)
Sonia Ganassi (mezzo)
Giuseppe Sabbatini (tenor)
Michele Pertusi (bass)
Netherlands Radio Choir
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

04Paris, The Last Opera20060323

Donald Macleod looks at Rossini's first sojourn in Paris, where, having launched the genre of grand opera, he composed his last work for the stage, before falling silent for nearly two decades.
Le Siège de Corinthe - Overture
LSO
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Le Comte Ory (extract - En proie a la tristesse Act I)
La Comtesse Adèle....Sumi Jo (soprano)
Orchestre et Choeur de l'Opéra de Lyon
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Guillaume Tell (excerpt: end Act II)
Gabriel Bacquier (baritone)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Kolos Kovacs (bass)
The Ambrosian Opera Chorus
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)
Stabat Mater (extract: VIII Inflammatus et accensus; IX Quando corpus; X Amen, in sempiterna)
Barbara Frittoli (soprano)
Sonia Ganassi (mezzo)
Giuseppe Sabbatini (tenor)
Michele Pertusi (bass)
Netherlands Radio Choir
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor).

05 LASTReturn To Paris *20060324

Donald Macleod looks at Rossini's final years of his life in Paris, and the remarkable works he dismissed as his 'sins of old age'.
L'Ultimo Ricordo
Musique Anodine - setting No II
Steven Kimbrough (baritone)
Dalton Baldwin (piano)
Péchés des Vieillesse
Album des enfants dégourdis - Assez de memento: dansons
Album de chaumière - Un cauchemar
Frederic Chiu (piano)
Petite Messe Solennelle (extract: XI-XIV - Prelude religieux; Sanctus; O Salutaris hostia; Agnus Dei)
Lucia Popp (soprano)
Brigitte Fassbaender (alto)
Nicolai Gedda (tenor)
Dimitri Kavrakos (bass)
Katia and Marielle Labeque (piano)
David Briggs (harmonium)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Stephen Cleobury (conductor).