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Rossini: Guillaume Tell ( In the Original French )

Gerald Finley (Guillaume Tell), John Osborn (Arnaud), Malin Byström (Mathilde), Marie-Nicole Lemieux (Hedwige), Matthew Rose (Walter Furst), Frédéric Caton (Melchtal), Elena Xanthoudakis (Jemmy), Carlo Cigni (Gesler), Carlo Bosi (Rodolphe), Celso Albelo (Ruodi), Dawid Kimberg (Leuthold), Davide Malvestio (Un Chasseur)

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 brought 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 / December 2010 at the Accademia’s home Auditorium Parco della Musica led by Canadian baritone Gerald Finley 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.

The work had a huge influence on music history & 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”.

“in the hands of Pappano & a superb cast, the drama is brought to life with vivid details of light and shade...Pappano creates sudden dramatic pianissimi in 'Gloire au pouvoir supreme', a chorus in praise of the Austrian tyrant Gesler. It's a masterstroke. It's as if the villagers are actually cowering in fear, and being forced to celebrate.”

Presto Disc of the Week
11th July 2011

BBC Music Magazine
Opera Choice - September 2011

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