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Rossini - Moise

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866047375

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th August 2020

Contents

Artists

Alexey Birkus (bass-baritone)
Elisa Balbo (soprano)
Randall Bills (tenor)
Silvia Dalla Benetta (soprano)
Luca Dall’Amico (bass)
Baurzhan Anderzhanov (bass)
Patrick Kabongo (tenor)
Xian Xu (tenor)
Albane Carrere (mezzo-soprano)
Gorecki Chamber Choir, Krakow
Virtuosi Brunensis

Conductor

Fabrizio Maria Carminati

Works

Rossini, Gioacchino

Moise et Pharaon

Artists

Alexey Birkus (bass-baritone)
Elisa Balbo (soprano)
Randall Bills (tenor)
Silvia Dalla Benetta (soprano)
Luca Dall’Amico (bass)
Baurzhan Anderzhanov (bass)
Patrick Kabongo (tenor)
Xian Xu (tenor)
Albane Carrere (mezzo-soprano)
Gorecki Chamber Choir, Krakow
Virtuosi Brunensis

Conductor

Fabrizio Maria Carminati

About

Following the French theatre tradition for spectacular biblical dramas during Lent, Rossini’s Moïse was an incredible success at its Parisian premiere in 1827, and the opera is presented here in its complete form. Alongside power struggles and miracles, there develops a love story between Pharaoh’s son Aménophis and the Israelite Anaï, though the main narrative is that of the Exodus from Egypt: Rossini’s riveting score with its spellbinding finales culminates in the parting of the waves of the Red Sea. In this single work, Rossini laid the foundations of grand opera, and it is widely considered to be among his greatest achievements.

We have already released a recording of Rossini’s earlier Mose in Egitto (866022021). This spectacular extended and expanded French version was very much designed to impress Parisian audiences, and Rossini succeeded magnificently, with reports of them being overwhelmed and enchanted by the experience.

This recording was made during the prestigious Rossini in Wildbad Festival in July 2018, with bass-baritone Alexey Birkus in the title role acclaimed in Online Musik Magazine: ‘[Birkus] thrilled in the title role with brilliant bass and striking depths that underline the authority of this figure.’

The important role of Anaï is taken by Elisa Balbo who is regarded as one of the most promising young singers on the opera scene for her luminous and silky voice, alongside Silvia Dalla Benetta (Sinaïde), who has truly become one of the most renowned sopranos in the dramatic coloratura repertoire.

The credentials for authenticity in this performance is entirely up to date, using a special edition of the score for Rossini in Wildbad after the printed material of Troupenas (Paris 1827). The addition of the Cantique at the end of Act III is from a new edition derived from source material by Aldo Salvagno, also specially prepared for Rossini in Wildbad.

The Italian conductor Fabrizio Maria Carminati’s repertoire includes numerous Italian operas. From 2000 to 2004 he was artistic director of the Teatro Donizetti in Bergamo and from 2004 to 2006 held the same role at the Fondazione Arena di Verona. He has worked in prestigious opera houses all over the world. Recent appearances include Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor in Trieste, Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana in Palermo, Rossini’s Moïse at Rossini in Wildbad and Bellini’s Adelson e Salvini in Catania.

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