ROSSINI La gazzetta
Composed between The Barber of Seville and Cinderella, Rossini’s only Neapolitan comic opera La gazzetta (The Newspaper) was based on a highly popular romantic comedy by Carlo Goldoni, yet has languished until the publication of the new critical edition on which this recording is based. Now revealed as a delicious entertainment satirising the rôle of the media, it involves two young women, their lovers and fathers, who are beset by the arrival of disguised Quakers and a Turkish masquerade all the result of an advertisement!
Czech Chamber Soloists, Christopher Franklin
Recorded during performances at the Rossini in Wildbad festival, 2007
“Conductor Christopher Franklin paces the music superbly and manages to keep the breakneck ensembles flying in perfect synch. The Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno….their playing is precise and stylish at all times.”
– Derek Greten-Harrison, March 2011
“Christopher Franklin and the Czech Chamber Soloists, Brno, deliver a crisply attractive account. Franklin keeps things bowling along as befits this sort of operatic farce.”
– Robert Hugill, February 2011
“The enjoyment of this typically Rossinian froth depends so much on the cast and the conductor being sympathetic to the idiom. This is the case here with Christopher Franklin on the rostrum drawing a vibrant performance from orchestra, chorus and soloists….in this lively performance…proceedings are interrupted frequently by warm applause. If you like Rossini’s music for his comic operas you will enjoy this performance…”
– Robert J. Farr, January 2011
“The present performance, superlatively conducted by Pittsburgh native Christopher Franklin, was recorded live in Bad Wildbad, Germany, in 2007….musically crisp and comically vivid.”
– December 2010
David’s Review Corner:
“The performance is superb, and the American conductor, Christopher Franklin, keeps the action moving at a brisk pace… A delightful product.”
– David Denton, October 2010
In the coming season Mr. Franklin returns to Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro in a Gala concert featuring Juan Diego Florez, several soloists from this year’s festival and the Orchestra and Chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna; he will conduct the opening concerts in the Cesky Krumlow Festival in the Czech Republic with the Prague Radio Orchestra, concerts with Pretty Yende in Prague and Vienna, and symphonic concerts and a new production of Tristan und Isolde at the Teatro Verdi di Trieste. Other upcoming opera engagements include a new production of Il turco in Italia in the Lombardy Theatres and The Turn of the Screw at the Palau de les Arts in Valencia.