Gioachino Rossini

Biography

Born: Feb 29, 1792; Italy   Died: Nov 13, 1868; France   Period: Romantic
Gioachino Rossini's parents were both working musicians. His father played the horn and taught at the prestigious Accademia Filharmonica in Bologna, and his mother, although not formally trained, was a soprano. Rossini was taught and encouraged at home until he eventually enrolled at the Liceo Musicale in Bologna. After graduation from that institution, the young musician was commissioned by the Venetian Teatro San Moise to compose La cambiale di Read more matrimonio, a comedy in one act. In 1812, Rossini wrote La pietra del paragone, for La Scala theater in Milan and was already, at the tender age of 20, Italy's most prominent composer.
In 1815, Rossini accepted a contract to work for the theaters in Naples, where he would remain until 1822, composing prolifically in comfort. He composed 19 operas during this tenure, focusing his attention on opera seria and creating one of his most famous serious works, Otello, for the Teatro San Carlos. While he served in this capacity, Rossini met and courted Isabella Colbran, a local soprano whom he would eventually marry. Other cities, too, clamored for Rossini's works, and it was for Roman audiences that he composed the sparkling comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville, 1816) and La cenerentola (Cinderella, 1817).
In 1822, Rossini left Naples and embarked on a European tour. The Italian musician was received enthusiastically to say the least, and enjoyed fame and acclaim everywhere. Even Beethoven, at the opposite stylistic pole in the musical scene of the day, praised him. The following year, Rossini was commissioned to write Semiramide, a serious opera, for La Fenice, a theater in Venice. This work was less successful in its own day than some of his previous efforts, but spawned several arias that remain part of any vocalist's songbook. In 1824, Rossini traveled, via London, to Paris where he would live for five years and serve as the music director at the Théâtre Italien from 1824 to 1826. The composer gained commissions from other opera houses in France, including the Paris Opéra. Rossini composed his final opera, Guillaume Tell (1829), before retiring from composition in that genre at the age of 37. Its overture is not only a concert favorite but an unmistakable reflection and continuation of Beethoven's heroic ideal. The catalog of work Rossini had written at the time of his retirement included 32 operas, two symphonies, numerous cantatas, and a handful of oratorios and chamber music pieces. After moving back to Italy, Rossini became a widower in 1845. His marriage to Isabella Colbran had not been particularly happy, and shortly after her death, the composer married Olympe Pelissier, a woman who had been his mistress.
In 1855, Rossini, along with his new bride, moved once again, this time settling in Passy, a suburb of Paris. He spent the remaining years of his life writing sacred music as well as delectable miniatures for both piano and voice (some of which he called "sins of my old age"). He was revered from the time he was a teenager until his death. Rossini was buried in Paris' Père Lachaise cemetery in proximity to the graves of Vincenzo Bellini, Luigi Cherubini, and Frédéric Chopin. In 1887, Rossini's grave was transferred from Paris to Santa Croce, in Florence, in a ceremony attended by more than 6,000 admirers.
Rossini's chief legacy remains his extraordinary contribution to the operatic repertoire. His comedic masterpieces, including L'Italiana in Algeri, La gazza ladra, and perhaps his most famous work, Il barbiere di Siviglia, are regarded as cornerstones of the genre along with works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Giuseppe Verdi. Read less
Rossini Festival Collection
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: 1180   Number of Discs: 5
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Rossini: L'inganno felice / Benetta, Fogliani, Virtuosi Brunenses
Release Date: 07/29/2016   Label: Dynamic  
Catalog: 37760   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: L'Assedio di Corinto / Schippers, Sills, Verrett
Release Date: 12/16/2009   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 64335   Number of Discs: 3
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Rossini: Tancredi / Weikert, Horne, Cuberli, Palacio
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Sony  
Catalog: 39073   Number of Discs: 3
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Rossini: Guglielmo Tell / Muti, Zancanaro, Studer, Merritt
Release Date: 09/16/2008   Label: Philips  
Catalog: 422391   Number of Discs: 4
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Work: Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture

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    Purple Classics Presents: Favorite Overtures
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8578330 Release Date: 06/17/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth,  Michael Halász,  Pinchas Steinberg,  Pier Giorgio Morandi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana,  Zagreb Festival Orchestra,  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Discover Italian Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300717 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Tomaso Albinoni,  Claudio Monteverdi  ... 
    Performer:  Kristóf Baráti,  Thomas Zehetmair,  Jurgen Abel,  Hans-Werner Watzig  ... 
    Conductor:  Eiji Oue,  Vittorio Negri,  Pieter-Jan Belder,  Helmut Koch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra (Hannover),  Camerata Bern,  Berlin Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    Philips Classics: The Stereo Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002445602 Release Date: 02/19/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Robert Schumann,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Salvatore Accardo,  Elly Ameling,  Dalton Baldwin,  Jörg Demus  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis,  Bernard Haitink,  Raymond Leppard,  Eduard Van Beinum  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra  ... 
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    The Complete HMV Recordings / Markevitch
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 552546 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Richard Strauss,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jacques Neilz,  Denyse Gouarne,  Fernand Dufrene,  Henri Bronschwak  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
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    Italian Opera Transcribed For Wind Ensemble
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573259 Release Date: 08/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Pietro Mascagni,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Conductor:  Patrick De Ritis
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Wind Soloists
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    Pierre Dervaux Conducts Saint-saens, Dukas, Herold, Boieldieu, Suppe, Nicolai, Weber, Brahms, Wagner, Glinka, Rossini
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2416 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  François Boieldieu,  Franz v. Suppé,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Conductor:  Pierre Dervaux
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Overtures For Organ Four Hands
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94954 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Frideric Handel,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Pietro Pasquini,  Francesco Zuvadelli
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  • 9.
    Rossini: Overtures / Pappano
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 624344 Release Date: 10/28/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Alessandro Carbonare,  Carlo Tamponi,  Francesco Bossone,  Alessio Allegrini
    Conductor:  Antonio Pappano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra
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    Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Opera Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002120102 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod  ... 
    Performer:  Wolfgang Meyer,  Michel Schwalbé
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Claudio Abbado: The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 304505 Release Date: 08/05/2014   Number of Discs: 39
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Claudio Abbado,  Murray Perahia,  Anatoly Kotcherga,  Midori  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
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    Hibla Gerzmava
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1002212 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gaetano Donizetti  ... 
    Performer:  Hibla Gerzmava,  Arsen Soghomonian,  Vladimir Spivakov
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov
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    Karajan: Orchestra Spectaculars From Handel To Bartok
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633621 Release Date: 05/27/2014   Number of Discs: 13
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Benjamin Britten,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Rca Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 2
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 300350 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Richard Strauss,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Byron Janis,  Gary Graffman,  Vladimir Horowitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Josef Krips,  Fritz Reiner,  Pierre Monteux,  Charles Munch  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony of the Air,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Rossini: William Tell & Other Overtures / Goodman, Hanover Band
    Label: Newton Classics   Catalog: 8802219 Release Date: 03/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Roy Goodman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
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  • 16.
    Claudio Abbado - Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999502 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra  ... 
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  • 17.
    Rossini: Complete Overtures Vol 4 / Benda
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572735 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Christian Benda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
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    Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 2 / Benda, Prague Sinfonia [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 35 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Christian Benda
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
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  • 19.
    Label: Lodia Compact Discs   Catalog: 775 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Carlos Païta
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  • 20.
    Fritz Reiner - The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 370198 Release Date: 10/15/2013   Number of Discs: 63
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Johannes Brahms,  Rolf Liebermann,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Artur Rubinstein,  Jascha Heifetz,  Emil Gilels,  Inge Borkh  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Lyric Theatre Chorus,  Studio Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Pictures / Boston Cello Quartet
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5638070466 Release Date: 02/04/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Cello Quartet
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  • 22.
    Rossini: Overtures / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415363 Release Date: 12/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
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    Arturo Toscanini Conducts Rossini, Verdi & Waldteufel / Toscanini, NBC Symphony
    Label: Opus Kura   Catalog: 7061 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Emil Waldteufel
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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    Rossini: Operatic Overtures Vol. 10 / Laredo, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7086 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Conductor:  Jaime Laredo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Scottish Chamber Orchestra
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    Verdi: Requiem; Rossini: Overtures / Igor Markevitch
    Label: Ica Classics   Catalog: 5068 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Nina Isakova,  Galina Vishnevskaya,  Vladimir Ivanovsky,  Ivan Petrov
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra,  Russian State Academy Chorus,  French National Orchestra
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