Rossini - Overtures (2018)

Rossini

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Michele Mariotti

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From the moment they were performed, Gioachino Rossini’s overtures have enjoyed the status of colourful, elegant orchestral showpieces. With their sweet cantilene, their rich harmonies, their brilliant orchestration, and their powerful and exciting rhythmic drive, these overtures encapsulate all that was modern, exhilarating and electrifying in Rossini’s music, yet maintain their freshness and attraction to modern audiences. This album features a collection of Rossini overtures, taken from less well-known operas such as La Scala di seta, Tancredi, La gazza ladra, Matilde di Shabran and Semiramide, as well as from the classic comic operas L’italiana in Algeri and Il barbiere di Siviglia, concluding with the preludes to Rossini’s French operas Le siege de Corinthe and Guillaume Tell, in which the composer explored musical Romanticism.

The overtures are performed by the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna, which has played a seminal role in the Rossini renaissance of the last three decades. The orchestra is led by its Musical Director Michele Mariotti. Being born in Rossini’s native town Pesaro, Mariotti cherishes a life-long affinity with the city’s most famous son, and is commonly considered as one of the outstanding Rossini conductors of his age. He frequently works with the world’s most prestigious opera houses.

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Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Led by Sergiu Celibidache, Zoltán Peskó, Vladimir Delman, Riccardo Chailly and Daniele Gatti, the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna has a rich tradition. After having been Principal Conductor since 2008, Michele Mariotti assumed the role of Music Director in January 2015. The orchestra has also worked with conductors such as Gary Bertini, Myung-Whun Chung, James Conlon, Pinchas Steinberg, Valery Gergiev, Eliahu Inbal, Vladimir Jurovski, Daniel Oren, Peter Maag, Neville Marriner, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Mstislav Rostropovich, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Georg Solti, Christian Thielemann, Charles Dutoit and Georges Prêtre. The Orchestra del Teatro Comunale is frequently invited abroad (in Holland, Romania, Spain, France, Switzerland and Oman) and has participated in prestigious festivals (Amsterdam, Parma, Wiesbaden, Santander, Aix en Provence, Savonlinna, Macao). Over the years it has maintained a privileged relationship with Japan, where several tours have been made. The Orchestra del Teatro Comunale has taken part in many significant recording productions, including Gaetano Donizetti’s La Favorita conducted by Richard Bonynge, Giuseppe Verdi’s Oberto Conte of San Bonifacio under the baton of Zoltan Peskó, Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia led by Giuseppe Patané, Donizetti’s La fille du regiment conducted by Bruno Campanella, Pietro Mascagni’s Le Maschere and Giacomo Puccini’s La bohème with Gianluigi Gelmetti conducting, Rossini’s La scala di seta led by Gabriele Ferro, and Rossini’s Armida conducted by Daniele Gatti. Under the direction of Riccardo Chailly, the orchestra has recorded Verdi’s Macbeth, Manon Lescaut by Puccini, Rigoletto by Verdi, La cenerentola and the Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini, and video productions of I vespri siciliani and Giovanna d’Arco by Verdi and Werther by Jules Massenet. Under the guidance of Michele Mariotti, the orchestra recorded Simon Boccanegra by Verdi and Guillaume Tell by Rossini, an album with sacred arias as well as one with French arias with Juan Diego Flórez, and an album of Romantic arias with Nino Machaidze. The Orchestra has also recorded Le Comte Ory with Juan Diego Flórez, La Nuit de Mai, opera arias and songs by Ruggero Leoncavallo with Placido Domingo, as well as some anthologies with Luciano Pavarotti and June Anderson. In 2013 the members of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and conductor Michele Mariotti starred in the inaugural concert of the fourth International Mstislav Rostropovich Festival in Moscow performing Verdi’s Requiem. In October 2015, again with the same Music Director, they inaugurated the Lingotto Musica exhibition at the Giovanni Agnelli Hall in Turin, where they performed the Stabat Mater and the Overture and Divertissement from Rossini’s Guillaume Tell. The same program was presented in Pesaro and Bergamo. After a thirty-year participation with the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro, 2017 marked a new collaboration between the Teatro Comunale di Bologna and the Verdi Festival in Parma, which saw the Orchestra also participating in the performance of Stiffelio, awarded with the Premio Speciale of the 37th Premio Abbiati” by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani. In June 2018 the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale, led by Michele Mariotti, had a guest residence at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris.

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Michele Mariotti

Music Director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna (from 2015 to 2018) Michele Mariotti was born in Pesaro. Following his classical studies, he obtained a degree in music composition at the Rossini Conservatoire in Pesaro and a degree in orchestra conducting at the Accademia Musicale Pescarese with full marks and honour under the guidance of Donato Renzetti. In September 2005 he made his operatic debut conducting Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia in Salerno, Italy. In November 2007 he has conducted Simon Boccanegra for the opening of the season 2007/2008 at the Teatro Comunale di Bologna. Following the success of that production, in 2008 he was nominated Principal Conductor of Bologna’s Orchestra del Teatro Comunale (until 2014, before becoming Music Director), where he has to date conducted I puritani, La gazza ladra, Idomeneo, Carmen, Risorgimento and Il prigioniero, La cenerentola, La traviata, Le nozze di Figaro, Norma, Nabucco, Così fan tutte, Guillaume Tell, Un ballo in maschera, Die Zauberflöte, Attila, Werther, La voix humaine/Cavalleria rusticana, Lucia di Lammermoor, La bohème, Don Carlo, Verdi’s and Mozart’s Requiem, Rossini’s Stabat Mater and numerous concerts. He has led Bologna’s Chorus and Orchestra in Tokyo (I puritani and Carmen), in Moscow, in Paris (L’Italiana in Algeri) and in Italy in Pesaro (Rossini Opera Festival), Turin (Lingotto Musica) and Bergamo (Fondazione Donizetti). With the Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna he has recorded albums with Juan Diego Flórez and Nino Machaidze. He has conducted at La Scala in Milan, Turin’s Teatro Regio, Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Teatro Massimo in Palermo, Teatro Comunale in Florence, Pesaro’s Rossini Opera Festival, Verdi’s Festival in Parma, Sferisterio - Macerata Opera Festival, Salzburg Festival, New York’s Met, London’s Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Paris Opéra, De Nationale Opera in Amsterdam, Bavarian State Opera in Munich, Berlin’s Deutsche Oper, Chicago’s Lyric Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Wexford’s Festival and Opéra Royal de Wallonie in Liège, among others. He has conducted concerts with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Orchestre National de France, Münchner Symphoniker, Essener Philharmoniker, Turin’s Rai National Symphony Orchestra, Parma’s Toscanini Orchestra, Milan’s I Pomeriggi Musicali, Orchestra dell’Accademia del Teatro alla Scala, at Turin’s Auditorium del Lingotto, at Peralada Festival, at Barcelona’s Liceu, at Madrid’s Teatro Real, at Théâtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris, at Ópera de Tenerife, at Festival de Saint-Denis and at Radio France Festival in Montpellier, to mention a few. He has been awarded the 36th “Premio Abbiati” by the Associazione Critici Musicali Italiani as best conductor of 2016.

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Rossini

Orchestra del Teatro Comunale di Bologna

Producer: Erdo Groot
Recording Engineer: Jean-Marie Geijsen
Recording location: This album was recorded at the library of the Convento San Domenico in Bologna, Italy in May 2018.

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La scala di seta - Overture
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Tancredi - Overture
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L'italiana in Algeri - Overture
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Matilde di Shabran - Overture
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