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Moïse is one of the four operas Rossini wrote during his years in Paris, from 1824 to 1829, the others being Li siège de Corinthe, Le comte Ory and Guillaume Tell.

As part of its project to record all of Rossini's operas, now nearing completion, Naxos has already released the more frequently performed Italian version, Mose in Egitto, (8.660220-21), which is regarded by many as a mere prequel to the spectacular and expanded French version which was designed to impress his Paris audiences. Rossini succeeded magnificently, with reports of them being overwhelmed and enchanted by the experience.

ROSSINI, G.: Moïse et Pharaon (1827 Paris version) [Opera]
8.660473-75 • 3 Discs
Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Libretto by Luigi Balocchi and Étienne de Jouy

Silvia Dalla Benetta and Elisa Balbo, Sopranos
Albane Carrère, Mezzo-soprano
Randall Bills, Patrick Kabongo and Xian Xu, Tenors
Alexey Birkus, Luca Dall’Amico and Baurzhan Anderzhanov,
Basses · Górecki Chamber Choir, Kraków
Virtuosi Brunensis · Fabrizio Maria Carminati

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.

Listen to an extract from Act II:
Mais, tu gardes le silence
Recordings of Rossini’s other Paris operas
Le Siège de Corinthe
Regazzo • Cullagh • Spyres • Sala • Ramos
Lécroart • Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań
Virtuosi Brunensis • Tingaud
‘Rossini’s scores demand high-powered vocalism, and in this respect the performance maintains impressive standards.’
BBC Music Magazine
‘… [this] well sung and conducted performance fills in a gap in the lexicon of recordings of the works that Rossini composed or rewrote for Paris.’
MusicWeb International
Le Comte Ory
Ferrando • Miklósa • Pini • Arvidson • Bakan
Malmö Opera Orchestra and Chorus
Ringborg • Mallik
‘Rossini’s last comic opera, Le comte ory (1824), has been given a boisterous 2015 production in Malmo, Sweden, with a top-notch cast, orchestra and chorus providing much enjoyment.’
The Flip Side
Also available in Blu-ray Video
Guillaume Tell
Foster-Williams • Spyres • Howarth
Di Pierro • Stafford • Volpe • Sargsyan
Camerata Bach Choir, Poznań
Virtuosi Brunensis • Fogliani
‘This 2013 ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ production of Guillaume Tell is probably as fine an achievement as any in the festival’s 25-year history.’
‘I almost feel that Fogliani should be given some kind of award for giving us a Guillaume Tell that excites as much as it pleases the intellect.’
William Tell
Finley • Byström • Osborn • Royal Opera Chorus
Orchestra of the Royal Opera House
Pappano • Michieletto
‘Musically, the cast and company of this production are first-rate. Gerald Finley has performed the title role both in this production and at the Met; he must be considered the role’s leading interpreter.’
American Record Guide
‘Among world conductors [Pappano] is, perhaps, the most experienced conducting this rarely staged work.’
MusicWeb International
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