GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1791-1868): Matilde di Shabran (original 1821 Rome version - World Premiere Recording).
Catalogue Number: 12W028
Description: This comic-heroic romp was Rossini’s last commission for the theatres of Rome. He took advantage of the agile, sparkling style of librettist Jacopo Ferretti to create a narrative in which the ferocious Corradino, a declared misogynist, is introduced to the resourceful Matilde, who succeeds in melting his iron heart and winning his love. This premiere recording revives the original 1821 Rome version, which was conducted at the last minute by Paganini, and caused brawling in the streets between Rossini’s admirers and detractors. 3 CDs. Italian libretto available online. Sara Blanch (soprano), Victoria Yarovaya (contralto), Michele Angelini (tenor), She Song (bass), Górecki Chamber Choir, Passionart Orchestra; José Miguel Pérez-Sierra.