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Cheerful chamber music (quartets, duos for cello and contrabass), ariettas and grand scenes of the opera by Gioachino Rossini
Stendhal and Mendelssohn tell the story of the master from Pesaro
Each note brings the audience to laughter – this is how they know and love their Rossini. In the styriarte Rossini.SOAP the mix of music alone is magnificent: Stephanie Houtzeel and Sylvia Schwartz stage the “Humorous Duet for two Cats” and other comical songs. Inbetween, the two ladies sing grand scenes for prima donnas – after all, Rossini was married to one and earned his money with the opera seria. Everything else that the hilariously funny genius came up with is told through instruments: a grotesque train ride over the keys of a piano, a thunderstorm in the sound of four string players – Rossini barely managed to keep his comical ideas under control.
radio broadcast: July 21, 10.05 am, Ö1
told by Karl Böhmer
Rossini: Humorous Duet for two Cats
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Victoria de los Angeles, 1969