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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!
An introduction to Rossini — Guillaume Tell
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Gioachino RossiniSir Antonio Pappano, Gerald Finley, John Osborn, Malin Byström, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia — 2010
An introduction to Rossini — Sonata a quattro No. 6 in D major
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Gioachino RossiniRiccardo Chailly, Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna — 1991
An introduction to Rossini — Andante e tema con variazioni in E flat major
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Gioachino RossiniCarlo Tamponi, Alessandro Carbonare, Francesco Bossone, Alessio Allegrini — 2014
An introduction to Rossini — Semiramide
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Gioachino RossiniMark Elder, Albina Shagimuratova, Daniela Barcellona, Mirco Palazzi, Barry Banks, Gianluca Burrato, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightment — 2016
An introduction to Rossini — Stabat Mater
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Gioachino RossiniSir Antonio Pappano, Anna Netrebko, Joyce DiDonato, Lawrence Brownlee, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Orchestra dell' Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Coro Dell'Accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia — 2010