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Video: Happy 220th birthday to Gioachino Rossini, champion of Freedom 37

By John Terauds on February 29, 2012

Of course he’s famous for his operas, but Gioachino Rossini retired from that hurlyburly after writing 29 of them, at age 37. he spent the rest of his 76 years having, among other things, fun with other musical forms.

So, to help wish him a happy 22o, here are three of my favourite bits of later Rossiniana. As you can hear, the man took himself out of opera, but no one could take opera out of the man:

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John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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1. The “Kyrie” from the fabulously silly Petite Messe Solenelle, performed here by a choir in Livorno, Italy, in 2009:

2. “Ouf! Les petits pois,” one of his “Sins of Old Age,” neatly played by a friend, Italian pianist Alessandro Marangoni:

3. The priceless “Chanson du bébé” (followed, unfortunately, by “La Lontananza”), sung by Swedish tenor Nicolai Gedda (who will, fates willing, be turning 87 in July), accompanied by Natascia Kersevan at a recital in Trieste in 1990:

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds

John Terauds, the founder of Musical Toronto, is currently a Divinity student at University of Toronto and a church music director. He joined the Toronto Star in 1988, was the classical music critic from 2005 to 2012, and continues as a freelance critic for the paper. He is the co-author of Roy Thomson Hall: A Portrait, a book written with Toronto Star Colleague, William Littler.
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