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Rossini: Guillaume Tell CD (Antonio Pappano)

Guillaume Tell, first performed in Paris in 1829, was Rossini’s grandest opera and also his last. Based on Friedich Schiller's epic play Wilhelm Tell, it tells of heroic resistance to Austrian oppression in 14th-century Switzerland. 'The piece is an immerse architectural challenge for a conductor,' says Antonio Pappano, 'but I was just swept off my feet by its sheer energy and daring.' 


Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Guillaume Tell: Gerald Finley 
Arnaud: John Osborn 
Mathilde: Malin Byström 
Hedwige: Marie-Nicole Lemieux 
Walter Furst: Matthew Rose 
Melchtal: Frédéric Caton 
Jemmy: Elena Xanthoudakis 
Gesler: Carlo Cigni 
Rodolphe: Carlo Bosi 
Ruodi: Celso Albelo
Leuthold: Dawid Kimberg 
Un Chasseur: Davide Malvestio

Orchestra e coro dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia
Conductor: Antonio Pappano
Chorus Master: Ciro Visco
Running Time: 207:75 mins
Year: 2014
In the original French
Includes Libretto
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