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Mine hostess produces a timely letter from her husband that there are to be festivities in Paris [watch and listen -- chapter 27, 86:35-87:30]. So the journey to Reims is off. Rossini is of course working towards a profession by the cast of undying loyalty to Charles X. On the way he samples Haydn's wondrous Austrian anthem, but I feel strongly that Lord Sidney, the English colonel, should have the final musical statement with a reluctant version of God save the King, presumably in this case the mainly disreputable George IV who sang to Rossini's accompaniment in the Brighton Pavilion [watch and listen -- chapter 34, 110:15-111:32]. Not that any time or place is relevant at all in this effervescent production, the happiest of collaborations between Russia and France.

A scene from Rossini's 'Il Viaggio a Reims'. Screenshot © 2005 Théâtre musical de Paris, Châtelet, and François Roussillon Associés
A scene from Rossini's 'Il Viaggio a Reims'. Screenshot © 2005 Théâtre musical de Paris, Châtelet, and François Roussillon Associés

 

Copyright © 28 August 2007 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Rossini: Il Viaggio a Reims

OA 0967 D DVD9 NTSC 16:9 anamorphic All regions LPCM Stereo/Digital DTS surround NEW RELEASE 135' 2005 Théâtre musical de Paris, Châtelet and François Roussillon Associés, 2007 Opus Arte

Anastasia Belyaeva, Madame Cortese; Vladislav Ouspenski, Baron von Trombonok; Larissa Youdina, Contessa di Folleville; Daniil Shtoda, Count Libenskof; Anna Kiknadze, Marchesa Melibea; Alexeï Safiouline, Don Alvaro; Irma Guigolachvili, Corinna; Dmitri Voropaev, Belfiore; Olga Kitchenko, Modestina; Edouard Tsanga, Lord Sidney; Nikolaï Kamenski, Don Profondo; Elena Sommer, Maddalena; Alexeï Tannovistski, Don Prudenzio; Andreï Iliouchnikov, Don Luigino; Pavel Chmoulevitch, Antonio; Aglaya Oulianova, stage flute; Elena Vasilieva, stage harp; Xénia Isaeva, stage harpsichord; Chorus and Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre; Valery Gergiev, musical director; Alain Maratrat, stage director; Pierre Alain Bertola, set designer; Mireille Dessingy, costume designer; Pascal Mérat, lighting designer

Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868): Il Viaggio a Reims (Dramma giocoso in one act, 1825, libretto by Luigi Balocchi after the novel 'Corinne, ou l'Italie' by Mme de Staël, 1807) - a co-production of Théâtre musical de Paris, Châtelet, and the St Petersburg Mariinsky Theatre, recorded in 2005

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