From 01 March 2024 to 01 March 2024/ Italy / Pavia

When he returned to Paris in 1855, Gioachino Rossini found a city that had radically changed since his previous sojourns in the 1920s and 1930s: an opulent and carefree context, but also extraordinarily rich in diversity and stimuli; a mixture of cultures and religions towards which the best salons prided themselves on displaying a libertarian and tolerant attitude, at least in appearance.

The concert is inspired by the vast, highly refined, colourful and profoundly free production of the last years of his life, which were defined by Gioachino Rossini himself as Péchés de vieillesse, Sins of Old Age. This unique, histrionic production forms the backbone of the musical programme, and is here juxtaposed with other magnificent examples of the flamboyant literature of that period.
A piano and a harmonium, i.e. the typical formation of Parisian domestic music of the time, accompany a vocal ensemble that, from piece to piece, takes on the most diverse forms and roles, moving with ease from religious hymns, in which the private character is nevertheless evident, to the most imaginative and brilliant subjects. Two precious period instruments, very rare to hear, will revive the authentic sound of the pianos that inspired Listz and Chopin.

Coro Ghislieri and Giulio Prandi, fresh from their debut at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, continue their Rossini journey after the project on the Petite Messe Solennelle, which originated at the Fraschini in 2020 and led them to win the prestigious International Classical Music Award 2022 as best choral recording.

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