23 Mar 2014

Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868)

From Composer of the Week, 9:00 am on 23 March 2014
Gioacchino Rossini

Gioacchino Rossini Photo: Carjat, Public Domain

 

Rossini retired from writing opera at 37. He did write the odd piece after that, but the French government had given him an annual pension, so he no longer needed to write.

Steve Danby delves into the world of Rossini: his works, his life, his diet…

You may not recognise all the music, but you will recognise some of the actors who have cameos here.

Music Details:

ROSSINI: Il Signor bruschino - ASMF/ Neville Marriner (Philips 434 016)
ROSSINI: Three duets for two horns - Roger Montgomery (horn), Christopher Larkin (horn) (Hyperion DCA 67199)
ROSSINI: Questo cor ti giura amore, from Demetrio e Polibio - Christine Weidlinger (sop), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Graz SO/ Massimiliano Carrara (Dynamic CDS 704)
ROSSINI: Il Signor bruschino - ASMF/ Neville Marriner (Philips 434 016)
ROSSINI: Di Tanti palpiti, from Tancredi - Marilyn Horne (mezzo), Swiss Romande Orch/ Henry Lewis (Decca 436 133)
ROSSINI: Il Signor bruschino - ASMF/ Neville Marriner (Philips 434 016)
ROSSINI: Sia qua lúnque  - Teatro Comunale Chorus & Orch, Bologna/ Riccardo Chailly (Decca 436 902)
ROSSINI: William Tell - Ambrosian Opera Chorus, Royal Phil/ Lamberto Gardelli (EMI CMS 7 69951)
ROSSINI: Il Signor bruschino - ASMF/ Neville Marriner (Philips 434 016)
ROSSINI: Ermione sinfonia - Giuseppe Verdi Male Voice Chorus & SO of Milan/ Riccardo Chailly (Decca 470 298)
ROSSINI: Adieux a la vie, from péchés de vieillesse - Miah Persson (sop), Stella Doufexis (mezzo), Bruce Ford (ten), Roger Vignoles (pno) (Hyperion 67647)
ROSSINI: Quis est homus, from Stabat Mater - St Cecilia National Academy Chorus & Orch, Rome/ Antonio Pappano (EMI 6 40529)