29 February 1792 – 13 November 1868
Gioachino Antonio Rossini was an Italian composer who wrote 39 operas as well as sacred music, chamber music, songs, and some instrumental and piano pieces.
His best-known operas include the Italian comedies Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) and La Cenerentola, and the French-language epics Moïse et Pharaon and Guillaume Tell. A tendency for inspired, song-like melodies is evident throughout his scores, which led to the nickname „The Italian Mozart„.
Gioacchino Rossini – Semiramide Overture 1823
Until his retirement in 1829, Rossini had been the most popular opera composer in history.
Gioachino Rossini – Guillaume Tell Ouverture • Basler Festival Orchester, Solo Cello: Martin Jaggi, Solo Flute: Géraldine Cacciatore, Cor anglais: Tobias Schmitt, Conductor: Thomas Herzog
Basler Festival Orchester, Solo Cello: Martin Jaggi, Solo Flute: Géraldine Cacciatore, Cor anglais: Tobias Schmitt, Conductor: Thomas Herzog