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Rossini: The Cantatas Vol 1 / Chailly, Devia, Pertusi, Et Al


Release Date: 09/15/1998 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 458843   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mariella DeviaPaul Austin KellyMichele PertusiFrancesco Piccoli,   ... 
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala PhilharmonicLa Scala Philharmonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rossini's cantatas sound more like concert versions of operas, as they are written in much the same dramatic style. Indeed, Rossini composed both sacred and secular cantatas that had specific functions. The secular works often served to entertain nobility or highlight a popular singer of the time. He used his opera sensibility, combining well-crafted arias with a great sensitivity to the requirements of the venue.
'La morte di Didone' was composed as a tribute to a famous soprano, Ester Mombelli. It is not surprising then, that this work is a tour-de-force for the soprano, in this case Mariella Devia, who handles the job easily. Certainly a highlight is the "Se da ciel," with Rossini at his most understated and profound.
'Cantata
Read more in onore del Sommo Pontefice Pio Nono' is an homage to a pope, in this case, Pius IX, who Rossini admired. Written towards the end of the composer's life, the cantata contains elements from four of his lesser-known operas, scaled down and reorchestrated. The cast is strong, especially Michele Pertusi in the "Ah si, d'amor." Conductor Roberto Chailly seems to have a special connection with Rossini, and his temperament shines through brilliantly. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La morte di Didone by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Mariella Devia (Soprano)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic,  La Scala Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Verdi Hall, Verdi Conservatory, Milan 
Length: 21 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2.
Cantata in onore del Sommo Pontefice Pio Nono by Gioachino Rossini
Performer:  Paul Austin Kelly (Tenor), Michele Pertusi (Bass), Francesco Piccoli (Tenor),
Mariella Devia (Soprano), Dannilo Stagni (French Horn), Mauro Ferrando (Clarinet),
Bruno Cavallo (Flute)
Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Scala Philharmonic,  La Scala Philharmonic Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Italy 
Date of Recording: 1997 
Venue:  Verdi Hall, Verdi Conservatory, Milan 
Length: 46 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Language: Italian 

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