The plot of La cambiale di matrimonio (The Bill of Marriage), which Rossini composed when he was just eighteen years old, revolves around the farcical attempts of Tobia Mill, a rich English merchant, to combine business with pleasure by forcing his daughter, the lovely Fanny (‘merchandise’) to marry Slook, his rich colonial correspondent from America, by means of a bill of exchange. Eventually, it is the gallant Slook himself who persuades Mill to allow Fanny to marry her true love, Edoardo Milfort.
Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Christopher Franklin
Recorded during performances at the Rossini in Wildbad festival, 2006
"This newest taping dates from the same year (2006) as the Pesaro account but is superior in almost every respect. It is sprucely, at times wittily conducted by Christopher Franklin"
- Richard Osborne, September 2011
"Under the lively direction of Christopher Franklin the Württemberg Philharmonic Orchestra acquits itself well, providing vivid support. They use a harpsichord for continuo."
- Robert Hugill, August 2011