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Rossini Gala / Norrington, Horne, Von Stade, Voigt, Et Al


Release Date: 08/13/2002 
Label:  Virgin Classics   Catalog #: 62078   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn HorneDeborah VoigtHenry RuneyJan Opalach,   ... 
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke'sConcert Chorale of New York
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 58 Mins. 

CD not available: This title is currently only available as an MP3 download.  

This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Here is a case, I discover, of distance lending enchantment to the view. This Rossinifest, staged 10 years ago in New York's Lincoln Center on the day of the bicentenary of Rossini's birth, first appeared on VHS (6/93), an otiose medium for such an event, before limping onto CD (cut back to 80 minutes) 18 months later (12/94), a marketing decision which managed to make it seem stale and out-of-date.

Ten years on, it all seems rather fine. In the first place, the programming is exemplary. As an introduction to Rossini, erudite but approachable, it could hardly be better done. Secondly, the line-up of singers, several of whom have since retired, renders the set important as a memento of that all-important generation of artists
Read more who, with a brilliant team of editors and producers, helped bring Rossini, the erstwhile 'Napoleon of music', back from the brink of near-obscurity. Thirdly, the set wears well, thanks in large measure to Sir Roger Norrington's spruce, stylish, forensically brilliant yet refreshingly unaffected conducting.

Rehearing the gala, I was struck afresh by the astonishing loveliness of the Zelmira duet for soprano (Deborah Voigt) and mezzo (Kathleen Kuhlmann) with cor anglais and harp accompaniments, a treasurable rarity if ever there was one, and by the extraordinarily telling juxtaposition, for those of us interested in Rossini's own particular psychopathology, of Figaro's 'Largo al factotum' (Thomas Hampson's singing a tour de force) and the 'Agnus Dei' from the Petite messe solennelle where the awed choral interjections take on a sublimity of utterance which put me in mind of Sir Roger's fabled early recordings with the Schlitz Choir.

-- Richard Osborne, Gramophone [8/2002]
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Works on This Recording

1.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 47 Secs. 
2.
La donna del lago: Mura felici by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3.
Stabat mater: Inflammatus et accensus by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Deborah Voigt (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832/1842; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
4.
La Cenerentola: Nacqui all' affano...Non più mesta by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Henry Runey (Bass Baritone), Jan Opalach (Bass Baritone), Craig Estep (Tenor),
Maria Fortuna (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Mimi Lerner (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 7 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5.
Zelmira: Terra amica, ove respira by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Rockwell Blake (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 11 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "S'intessano agli allori." 
6.
Bianca e Falliero: Cielo, il mio labbro inspira by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Henry Runey (Bass Baritone), Chris Merritt (Tenor), Maria Fortuna (Soprano),
Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7.
Guillaume Tell: Asil héréditaire by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Chris Merritt (Tenor)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 13 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Language: French 
Notes: This selection begins with "Ne m'abandonne point." 
8.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 5 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9.
Petite Messe solennelle: Agnus Dei by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Kathleen Kuhlmann (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1863; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 8 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
10.
L'italiana in Algeri: Pappataci! che mai sento by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Jan Opalach (Bass Baritone), Rockwell Blake (Tenor), Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 35 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11.
Zelmira: Perche mi guardi, e piangi by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Deborah Hoffman (Harp), Deborah Voigt (Soprano), Kathleen Kuhlmann (Mezzo Soprano),
Melanie Feld (English Horn)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 6 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12.
L'assedio di Corinto: La gloria e la fortuna by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 10 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: This selection begins with "La flamme rapide." 
13.
Il viaggio a Reims: A tal colpo inaspettato by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Henry Runey (Bass Baritone), Jan Opalach (Bass Baritone),
Craig Estep (Tenor), Mimi Lerner (Mezzo Soprano), Deborah Voigt (Soprano),
George Hogan (Bass), Thomas Hampson (Baritone), Chris Merritt (Tenor),
Rockwell Blake (Tenor), Samuel Ramey (Bass), Marilyn Horne (Mezzo Soprano),
Kathleen Kuhlmann (Mezzo Soprano), Maria Fortuna (Soprano)
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Concert Chorale of New York
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1992 
Venue:  Live  Avery Fisher Hall, New York City 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

Sound Samples

La Gazza ladra: Overture
La Donna del lago: Mura felici (Act 1)
Stabat mater: Inflammatus et accensus
La Cenerentola, or La bontà in trionfo, 'Cinderella': Della Fortuna
Zelmira: Terra amica (Act 1)
Bianca e Falliero: Cielo, il mio labbro ispira
Guillaume Tell: Ne m'abandonne pas (Non mi lasciare)
Il Barbiere di Siviglia: Largo al factotum (Act 1)
Petite messe solennelle: Agnus Dei
L'Italiana in Algeri: Pappataci! che mai sento
Zelmira: Perchè mi guardi, e piangi
Le Siege de Corinthe: La flamme rapide ... La gloire et la fortune (Act 1)
Il viaggio a Reims (or L'albergo del giglio d'oro): Ah! A tal colpo inaspettato

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