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).

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).