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ROSSINI: Signor Bruschino (Il)

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660128
Label Naxos
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The best known operas in Rossini’s output are, of course, the later comedies such as The Barber of Seville and Cenerentola but his reputation as master of opera buffa was established with the farsa, a particular form of one act opera popular at the turn of the eighteenth / nineteenth centuries. Il Signor Bruschino is the last such work that Rossini wrote (at age 19) and is one of the best of that art form. The action resolves around the lovers Florville and Sofia: Sofia’s guardian, Gaudenzio, has promised her to the young Bruschino, who has run up a large bill at the local inn. Florville persuades the innkeper, Filiberto to lock up the young Bruschino; Florville will then assume his identity and attempt to marry Sofia.


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

As this lively alternative Naxos account demonstrates, vigorously conducted by the former baritone Claudio Desderi, Rossini’s style was already fully developed in such characteristic numbers as the patter-duet between the hero, Florville, and the guardian of his beloved, Gaudenzio. The involved plot is typical of the genre, with the Naxos booklet providing a detailed synopsis as well as a full libretto in Italian. The singing is stylish, led by Alessandro Codeluppi as Florville, and with Elena Rossi as the heroine, Sofia, bright and agile if rather unvaried in tone. An outstanding bargain.


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