Introducing Rossini

feat. the Master himself

Celebrating the 150 Year Legacy of Rossini

Those of you who've been tuning in to Grammofy for a while now will know that we're about not just giving you the most obvious picks when it comes to our programming, and never has that been more true than with this Rossini Special; because when Gioachino Rossini categorically headlines as a composer of opera – he wrote 39 of them – we could very easily and completely justifiably have chosen five operas for our five works.

However that's not what we do! So instead we've chosen just two of them Semiramide and William Tell, i.e. one of his greatest serious Italian operas, and his great French operatic masterpiece, which was also the final opera he wrote. Also on the menu are two instrumental works, his boyhood composition the Sonata a quattro No 6, and also his Andante e Tema con Variazioni. Then we climax with a sacred choral masterpiece, his Stabat Mater. So, it's a collection designed to give you the full spread of his talents, but in doing so, also one which shows the extent to which, whatever he happened to be writing, he was clearly made to write opera!

Curation & Text: Natascha Klotschkoff, Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Introducing Rossini

  • An introduction to Rossini — Guillaume Tell

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    Gioachino Rossini

    Sir Antonio Pappano, Gerald Finley, John Osborn, Malin Byström, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia2010
  • An introduction to Rossini — Sonata a quattro No. 6 in D major

  • Sonata a quattro No. 6 in D major Preview Only

    Gioachino Rossini

    Riccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna1991
  • An introduction to Rossini — Andante e tema con variazioni in E flat major

  • Andante e tema con variazioni in E flat major Preview Only

    Gioachino Rossini

    Carlo Tamponi, Alessandro Carbonare, Francesco Bossone, Alessio Allegrini2014
  • An introduction to Rossini — Semiramide

  • Semiramide Preview Only

    Gioachino Rossini

    Mark Elder, Albina Shagimuratova, Daniela Barcellona, Mirco Palazzi, Barry Banks, Gianluca Burrato, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment2016
  • An introduction to Rossini — Stabat Mater

  • Stabat Mater Preview Only

    Gioachino Rossini

    Sir Antonio Pappano, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia2010

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