ROSSINI William Tell. Gerald Finley, John Osborn, Matthew Rose, Frederic Caton, Elena Xanthoudakis, Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano. EMI Classics 3cds

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ROSSINI

William Tell – Complete

Guglielmo Tell, Congiurato svizzero Gerald Finley (bass)

Arnold Melchtal, Congiurato svizzero John Osborn (tenor)

Walter Furst, Congiurato svizzero Matthew Rose (bass)

Melchtal, Padre di Arnoldo Frédéric Caton (bass)

Jemmy, Figlio di Guillaume Elena Xanthoudakis (soprano)

Gesler, Governatore dei Cantoni Carlo Cigni (bass)

di Schwitz e d’Uri

Rodolfo, Capo degli Arcieri di Gesler Carlo Bosi (tenor)

Ruodi, Il pescatore Celso Albelo (tenor)

Leutoldo, Contadino Dawid Kimberg (baritone)

Matilde, Principessa di Hapsbourg Malin Byström (soprano)

Edwige, Moglie di Guglielmo Tell Marie-Nicole Lemieux (mezzo soprano)

Un Cacciatore Davide Malvestio (bass)

Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia / Antonio Pappano

Rossini’s complete final French Grand Opera William Tell in its definitive critical edition brough vividly to life by Antonio Pappano, Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia under his musical directorship and a stellar international cast.

Recorded live in concerts in October and December 2010 at the Accademia’s home Auditorium Parco della Musica led by Canadian baritone Gerald Finlay in the title role and American tenor John Osborn, discovered by Antonio Pappano for this recording, in the notoriously challenging high role of Arnold of which he is a rare exponent.

Rossini’s opera established the structure of Grand Opera in separate scenes which was used by Bellini, Donizetti and Verdi. The music Rossini wrote for Arnold took operatic tenor singing style out of “chest” and “falsetto” (for the high notes), as was the norm until then, creating the powerful extended full vocal range we know today and which continues to make Italianate operatic tenor singing so thrilling.

The work had a huge influence on music history and is a fitting one for Pappano to champion in his active role as presenter of the history of opera by Italian composers from the beginning to the 20th century.

The orchestra is fleet and wonderfully together, with crunch, buoyancy, a keen sense of collective phrasing and its own very distinctive sound…An excellent cast, led by Gerald Finley, on magnificent form…[Pappano’s] singers brought meaning to every phrase, giving us driven motivated vocal lines”. The Financial Times

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