Guillaume Tell – Rossini (Complete version live)


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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).

Artist: Andrew Foster-Williams

Label: Naxos

Release Date: March 01, 2015

People: Andrew Foster-Williams, Michael Spyres, Judith Howarth, Camerata Bach and Choir Poznan, Virtuosi Brunensis, Antonino Fogliani


Album Reviews

 An excellent surprise, captured on the spot at the Rossini in Wildbad festival. 

© 2015 Diapason

 Thanks to the version used, this will be essential listening for anyone who is interested in this fascinating opera, but more than that it is a finely engrossing account of the opera in its own right. 

© 2015 Planet Hugill

 This 2013 ‘Rossini in Wildbad’ production of Guillaume Tell is probably as fine an achievement as any in the festival’s 25-year history. 

© 2015 Gramophone