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Il Salotto Volume 13 - Rossini Songs
“Opera Rara’s exquisite salon music series” American Record Guide
If a time-machine could take us back through the centuries, which musical occasion might we choose to attend? Surely a soirée at Rossini’s Parisian home would be high on anyone’s list. Some of the most famous singers of the day would be performing, and the guest-list would read like a who’s who of the French capital at that time. And given Rossini’s fame both as gourmet and wit, you could be sure that the food would be as excellent as the conversation would be amusing. Then, of course, there’d be the chance to hear something new by the great master himself. For though he abandoned operatic composition in 1829, Rossini went on to compose hundreds of short vocal items and piano pieces to tickle the musical palates of those lucky nough to be invited to his famous Saturday evening salons. In this latest release in Opera Rara’s Il Salotto series, we present a programme of tasty morsels from Rossini’s musical cuisine, each lovingly prepared by the master’s hand. Four more substantial entrées – including the mighty ‘Le Chant des Titans’, in which the giants threaten the god Jupiter – are served up by soloists from the Geoffrey Mitchell Choir. Why not join them, Mireille Delunsch, Jennifer Larmore, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Lawrence Brownlee and Malcolm Martineau, for an enticing musical feast!
This disc is accompanied by a fully illustrated booklet, with an introduction and notes to the songs by Rossini specialist Richard Osborne.
“Excellently performed by a team of first-rate soloists, with Malcolm Martineau, for me the best accompanist in the world, offering his usual expert support, and leading off with a solo.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2010 ****
“First of the singers is… Lawrence Brownlee… the ideal suitability of his vibrant, clear-cut tenor voice, elegance of style and technical accomplishment… When Jennifer Larmore joins him for the duet "Les amants de Séville", we are treated to some of the most delightful singing of the whole soirée. Larmore herself is in splendid form: her "Chanson de bébe" with the dear little horror's artless cries of "Pipi, maman, papa, caca" is a winner among party-pieces.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2009
Kym Amps (Soprano), Christine Bunning (Soprano), Joy Robinson (Mezzo Soprano), Mark Tucker (Tenor), Lyndon Atkinson (Tenor), Gary Coward (Baritone), Tom Finucane (19th Century Guitar/Combattimento), David Mason (Director/Piano)
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