June Release
8.660382-84 [3-CDs]
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Coro: L’allegria è un sommo bene
July Release
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Stabat Mater
8.660382-04 [3-CDs]
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Il viaggio a Reims
ossia L’albergo del Giglio d’Oro
Libretto by Luigi Balochi
Laura Giordano, Sofia Mchedlishvili, Alessandra Marianelli, Sopranos
Marianna Pizzolato, Contralto
Bogdan Mihai, Maxim Mironov, Tenors
Mirco Palazzi, Bruno De Simone, Bruno Praticò,
Gezim Myshketa, Basses
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Ania Michalak, Chorus-master
Virtuosi Brunensis • Karel Mitáš, Artistic Director
Michele D’Elia, Musical Assistant and Fortepiano
Antonino Fogliani
The great writer Stendhal wrote of Il viaggio a Reims that “this opera is a feast”. The plot is a contemporary farce tailor-made for a particular occasion – the coronation festivities of Charles X – though Rossini valued the music so highly that he reused at great part of the score three years later in the opera Le Comte Ory. With a cast of ten principal and eight smaller rôles, this sparkling work is heard complete for the first time and in accordance with the critical edition prepared by the Fondazione Rossini and Casa Ricordi.
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Stabat mater (1831/32 Original Version)
With sections by Giovanni Tadolini
Orchestration by Antonino Fogliani
Giovanna d’Arco2
Orchestration by Marco Taralli
Majella Cullagh, Soprano1
Marianna Pizzolato, Mezzo-soprano2
José Luis Sola, Tenor1
Mirco Palazzi, Bass1
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań • Tomasz Potkowski, Chorus-master
Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
Antonino Fogliani
Rossini’s Stabat Mater is one of the staples of the sacred music repertoire but had a complicated history. He wrote it for performance in Madrid but, running short of time, enlisted the help of his friend Giovanni Tadolini. Rossini completed six pieces, Tadolini seven. Tadolini’s pieces now only exist as piano reductions but conductor Antonino Fogliani has orchestrated them to allow listeners to hear the original work for the first time since 1833. Marco Tarelli’s 2009 orchestration of Giovanna d’Arco (Joan of Arc), a cantata for solo voice, is also heard on this first recording.
Camerata Bach Choir  |   Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra  |   Virtuosi Brunensis  |   Antonino Fogliani
About the Camerata Bach Choir
The Camerata Bach Choir was founded in 2003 by Tomasz Potkowski in Poznań. The members are for the most part soloists from the Poznań Opera chorus and the Kraków Philharmonic. Its repertoire includes works by Johann Sebastian Bach, Georg Friedrich Händel and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Since 2010 the choir has served as ensemble in residence for the Rossini in Wildbad Festival.
About the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra
The Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Reutlingen was established in 1945, developing into the leading orchestra in South Germany. Since 2008 the orchestra’s Principal Conductor has been the Swedish musician Ola Rudner. Recordings by the orchestra include Naxos releases from Rossini in Wildbad with Mayr's L'amor coniugale, Meyerbeer's Semiramide, Rossini’s L'occasione fa il ladro, and La cambiale di matrimonio.
About the Virtuosi Brunensis
The Virtuosi Brunensis chamber orchestra was established in 2007 from two of the best known Czech orchestras, the Brno Janáček Theatre Orchestra and the Brno Philharmonic. Under its artistic director Karel Mitáš the orchestra has appeared, among other engagements, at the Bad Hersfeld Opera Festival and at the Rossini in Wildbad Festival.
About Antonino Fogliani
Antonino Fogliani made his celebrated début at the Pesaro Rossini Opera Festival in 2001 with Rossini’s Il viaggio a Reims, followed by various engagements in Pesaro and in leading opera houses, including La Fenice in Venice, the Teatro dell’Opera, Rome, the San Carlo in Naples and the Opéra Comique in Paris, as well as the Bergamo Donizetti Festival. He made his début at Rossini in Wildbad in 2004, leading to a series of further performances and recordings. He was appointed musical director of Rossini in Wildbad in 2011.
“Antonino Fogliani conducts briskly as he should, and the sound is excellent.”
“Antonino Fogliani’s conducting is very fine. Each act is astutely paced and shaped, as indeed is the entire opera.”
“Chorus and orchestra are good…and Mr Fogliani leads with a sure, steady hand.”
American Record Guide
“Antonino Fogliani’s conducting here is enlivening
and well-conceived.”

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