Rossini in Venice
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The incomparable Julianne Baird directs her artistry to Rossini's charming songs.

Rossini cherished a lifelong fondness for Venice, the scene of his first operatic triumphs. During long years of "retirement" (he composed his last opera, Guillaume Tell in 1829 at the age of 37), he led a restless existence, leaving Paris in 1836 for Milan, Bologna, and Florence, until finally embracing Paris for good in 1855. Only there, it seems, could his muse express herself through the intimate genres of the solo song and the small piano piece. Except for a certain feline aria - which is exceptional in every way - all the works on this program come from two Parisian collections: the 1835 Soirees musicales with its eight solo songs and four duets, and the Peches de vieillesse ("Sins of old age"), with its thirteen volumes of songs, vocal ensembles and piano pieces composed after 1856. So here we have the superb American soprano Julianne Baird and some of her friends, accompanied by the fortepianist Andrew Willis, performing a delightful program of Venetian barcarolles, love duets, ensembles and gondolier songs, all by Rossini.
Contents:
Gioacchino Rossini, composer
I goldolieri
Julianne Baird, soprano, Lorie Gratis, mezzo, Frederick Urrey, tenor, Brad Hougham, baritone, Andrew Willis, fortepiano
Gioacchino Rossini, composer
Anzoleta avanti la Regata
Julianne Baird, soprano, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
Anzoleta co passa la Regata
Julianne Baird, soprano, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
Anzoleta dopo la Regata
Julianne Baird, soprano, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
Voga, o Tonio
Julianne Baird, soprano, Lorie Gratis, mezzo, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
Un rien
Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
La serenata
Julianne Baird, soprano, Frederick Urrey, tenor, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
La gita in gondola
Lorie Gratis, mezzo, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
Quartetto buffo di gatti
Julianne Baird, soprano, Lorie Gratis, mezzo, Frederick Urrey, tenor, Brad Hougham, baritone, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
La danza
Frederick Urrey, tenor, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
La lontananza
Frederick Urrey, tenor, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
L'esule
Julianne Baird, soprano, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
La lagune de Venise
Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Gioacchino Rossini, composer
La passeggiata
Julianne Baird, soprano, Lorie Gratis, mezzo, Frederick Urrey, tenor, Brad Hougham, baritone, Andrew Willis, fortepiano

Review:
Review to come.
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