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' Pčre 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: Otello / Tang, Bartoli, Osborn, Camarena, Rocha
Release Date: 05/06/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 002047209   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: L'italiana Algeri / Goryachova, Shi, Esposito, Cossi, Encinar
Release Date: 08/26/2014   Label: Opus Arte  
Catalog: OA1141D   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Le Comte Ory / Bartoli, Camarena, Zurich
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001808509   Number of Discs: 1
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Rossini: Maometto Secondo / Parry, Hulcup, Davies, Nilon, Jeffery
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Avie  
Catalog: 2312   Number of Discs: 3
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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia Highlights / Marriner, Allen, Baltsa
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Catalog: 412266   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture

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    Claudio Abbado - The Complete RCA & Sony Album Collection
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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
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    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
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    Rossini: Complete Overtures Vol 4 / Benda
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572735 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
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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
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    Label: Lodia Compact Discs   Catalog: 775 Release Date: 11/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
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    Karajan - 1970s
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    Verdi, Wagner: Overtures And Preludes
    Label: Urania   Catalog: 121258 Release Date: 07/01/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gioachino Rossini,  Richard Wagner
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    Ouvertures Et Intermezzi
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 93486 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini  ... 
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    Pictures / Boston Cello Quartet
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    Rossini: Overtures / Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 415363 Release Date: 12/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
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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
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    Label: Simply   Catalog: 1206108 Release Date: 09/04/2012   Number of Discs: 4
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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
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
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    Essential Overtures
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27866 Release Date: 06/05/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  George Frideric Handel,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
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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
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    50 Best Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27368 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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    Rossini: Operas / Claudio Abbado [9-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001676502 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 9
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
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    Great Opera
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501054 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gioachino Rossini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Georges Bizet  ... 
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    Grieg: Peer Gynt Suite No 1; Rossini: Overtures / Alwyn
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4805617 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Gioachino Rossini
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    Rossini: Opera A Quatre Mains / Duo Solot
    Label: Pavane   Catalog: 7540 Release Date: 02/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
    Performer:  Pierre Solot,  Stéphanie Salmin
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