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“Fogliani leads his Württemberg Philharmonic with just the right amount of spirit and reverence that is the essence of Rossini’s music.”
- MusicWeb International (of Rossini's opera Mose in Egitto)

Gioachino Rossini and conductor Antonino Fogliani go together hand in glove, and the latter's appointment five years ago as musical director of the renowned Rossini in Wildbad Festival further strengthens that observation. This month, Fogliani turns from the stage to two sacred pieces by the 19th-century master of Italian opera, both of which are heard in world première recordings on this new release.

ROSSINI, G.: Stabat Mater (1832 version) / Giovanna d'Arco (arr. M. Taralli)
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Gioachino ROSSINI (1792–1868)
Stabat mater (1831/32 Original Version)1
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.

Listen to an extract from Stabat Mater:
Terzetto: Quis est homo, qui non fleret

About the Artists
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.
Majella Cullagh
Born in Ireland, soprano Majella Cullagh trained with Maeve Coughlan at the Cork School of Music and at the National Opera Studio in London, and now studies with Gerald Martin Moore. Her discography includes Wallace’s Maritana (8.660308-09), Mendelssohn’s Second Symphony (8.553522) and Rossini’s Le siège de Corinthe (8.660329-30) for Naxos, and Linda di Chamounix for Dynamic (CDS652).
Marianna Pizzolato
Mezzo soprano Marianna Pizzolato graduated with honours at the Bellini Conservatory in Palermo and attended Lieder classes in Nuremberg with Rosemarie Cabaud and Werner Dormann. She made her operatic début in 2002 singing the title rôle in Rossini’s Tancredi under the baton of Marco Zambelli, followed by Dorina in Cimarosa’s Il marito disperato in Caserta, conducted by Antonino Fogliani.
José Luis Sola
Tenor José Luis Sola began his musical studies at the Escolanía Niños Cantores de Navarra, later studying with the tenor Ricardo Visus. Besides most of the standard symphonic and choral works, his repertoire includes operas by Rossini, Mozart, Donizetti, Verdi, Bizet, Gounod, Offenbach, Bizet and El Juez by Christian Kolonovits.
Mirco Palazzi
Bass-baritone Mirco Palazzi was born in Rimini and studied at the Rossini Conservatory in Pesaro. He made his début in the title rôle of Don Giovanni at Riva del Garda, followed by engagements that have taken him to opera houses and concert halls throughout Europe. At the 2014 Rossini in Wildbad festival he appeared in Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims (8.660382-84).
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.
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 the Rossini in Wildbad festival, including Mayr's L'amor coniugale (8.660198-99), Meyerbeer's Semiramide (8.660205-06), and Rossini’s L'occasione fa il ladro (8.660314-15) and La cambiale di matrimonio (8.660302).
Other recommended recordings by Antonino Fogliani
“Antonino Fogliani conducts briskly as he should, and the sound is excellent.”
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“Antonino Fogliani’s conducting is very fine. Each act is astutely paced and shaped, as indeed is the entire opera.”
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“Chorus and orchestra are good…and Mr Fogliani leads with a sure, steady hand.”
American Record Guide
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“Antonino Fogliani’s conducting here is enlivening and well-conceived.”
Opera News
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