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Even before the opening night of Guillaume Tell, Rossini had been busy trimming the fat from his final, lengthy opera. Two weeks after the work's première in Paris on 3 August, 1829, he departed for Bologna leaving behind a version of the 4-act score that differed significantly from the original, following numerous cuts and amendments. It's this version, and not the subsequent, telescoped 3-act version, that formed the basis of a new critical edition of the opera prepared by the Fondazione Rossini and Ricordi, and which was used and recorded for the first time at the 2013 Rossini in Wildbad opera festival.

For that reason alone, this new Naxos release will have enormous significance for the opera world, not to mention the outstanding singing from a superb line-up of performers.


Naxos 8.660363-66
ROSSINI, G.: Guillaume Tell [Opera]
(complete version)

Foster-Williams, Spyres, J. Howarth, Poznan Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunensis, Fogliani

Performed for the first time in its original uncut version, this production of Guillaume Tell was the jewel in the crown of the 25-year history of the ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ opera festival. Rossini’s final, great, operatic masterpiece is a story of liberation, the oppressed Swiss attaining their ideal of emancipation by hounding the tyrannical Habsburgs out of their country. Although it was composed for the complex demands of the Paris Opéra, numerous dances, choruses and arias were dropped for reasons of practicality. These are restored in the present recording which also includes the stunning finale of the shorter 1831 version of the opera (CD 4 / Track 13).

Listen to an extract from Act I:
Ah! Mathilde, idole de mon ame!





The Cast


Andrew Foster-Williams
Baritone

Guillaume Tell
Michael Spyres
Tenor

Arnold Melcthal
Nahuel Di Pierro
Bass

Walter Furst
Melcthal
Tara Stafford
Soprano

Jemmy
Raffaele Facciolà
Bass

Gesler

Giulio Pelligra
Tenor

Rodolphe
Artavazd Sargsyan
Tenor

Ruodi
Marco Filippo Romano
Bass

Leuthold
Un chasseur
Judith Howarth
Soprano

Mathilde
Alessandra Volpe
Mezzo-soprano

Hedwige
Antonino Fogliani
conductor



Companion Discs



8.660302
Gioacchino ROSSINI
Cambiale di matrimonio (La)

“an opera well worth experiencing, not only because it began Rossini’s career in the theater but because it is very enjoyable in its own right…”
Fanfare

8.660220-21
Gioacchino ROSSINI
Mose in Egitto
(1819 Naples version)

“In this Naxos recording, Fogliani leads his Wurttemberg Philharmonic with just the right amount of spirit and reverence that is the essence of Rossini’s music.”
MusicWeb International



8.660284-85
Gioacchino ROSSINI
L'Italiana in Algeri

“Veteran Rossini conductor and scholar Alberto Zedda brings formidable stylistic command coupled with a deft, affectionate touch to this live recording of L’Italiana in Algeri, rendering it among the best available.”
Opera News

8.660207-08
Gioacchino ROSSINI
Le Comte Ory

“The performance is exuberant,
the cast sounds like they are having
a great time with Ory, and the Naxos
sound and balances are excellent.”
Fanfare



NBD0028
Gioacchino ROSSINI
Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1
(Blu-Ray Audio)

“These are sparkling performances of enjoyable works in a hi-res form that will appeal to all audiophiles…”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★★

CD1 (HD)
  CD2 (HD)
NBD0035
Gioacchino ROSSINI
Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2
(Blu-Ray Audio)

“Crisply played with good solo efforts throughout, and very nicely recorded…consistently entertaining.”
PS Audio

CD3 (HD)
  CD4 (HD)



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