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ROSSINI: Mose in Egitto (1819 Naples version)

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660220-21
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Rossini’s Mosè in Egitto, described as an azione tragico-sacra, combines the biblical narrative of the release of Moses and the Israelites from Egypt, and a more characteristically operatic element in the love of Pharaoh’s son Osiride for the Hebrew girl Elcìa, making this also a typical conflict between love and duty. The piece was reworked in 1822 for Paris with new arias, but is given here in the slightly revised Italian version of 1819, which includes the famous Act 3 Preghiera of Moses.


Review By ,Fono Forum,July 2008


Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

Originally scheduled as an oratorio, Rossini eventually arrived at the operatic version of Mose e Egitto first staged in Naples in 1819. Already a veteran of the theatre he was only twenty-six when he composed the score, and there are moments when his music almost slips back into the comic opera mode with which he was enjoying so much success. It was, however, in its much enlarged and amended format for Paris in 1827 that under the new name of Moise the opera eventually found a place on the edge of the opera repertoire. The present release takes the work back to the seldom performed 1819 version with minor amendments. In any event the biblical story of Moses in Egypt was only used by Rossini as a thin disguise for a conventional Italian drama of the time, the story



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