Rossini's 'La Cambiale
di matrimonio' -
'... seductively lyrical where the young Rossini demands.'
At eighteen Rossini was musically full-grown, capable of stringing notes to produce a
heart-searching tune, patter a smile on to any face, and orchestrate such a
crescendo as had never previously been heard. It was very foresighted of Venice to
commission this little farce and thus launch Rossini on a meteoric career that
faltered only when cooking and the kitchen seemed more beguiling than composition.
And what a relief that the director, Luigi Squarzina, has made no attempt to drag
the work towards our sorry world, or pander to any notions of political
correctness Rossini would have laughed out of court.
From left to right: Saimir Pirgu as Edoardo Milfort, Fabio Maria Capitanucci as Slook and Désirée Rancatore as Fanny, in Rossini's 'La Cambiale di matrimonio'. Screenshot © 2008 Naxos Rights International Ltd
Copyright © 19 March 2008
Robert Anderson, Cairo, Egypt