Rossini: Maometto II (3-CD) – Mirco Palazzi

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Rossini: Maometto II (3-CD) – Mirco Palazzi

Composer: Gioachino Rossini
Artists: Mirco Palazzi, Elisa Balbo, Mert Süngü, Victoria Yarovaya, Patrick Kabongo Mubenga, Camerata Bach Choir, Virtuosi Brunenses
Conductor: Antonino Fogliani
Number of Discs: 3
Label: Naxos
CD Release Date: November 9, 2018

With its carefully planned yet complex dramatic structure and skillful transformation of a tale of heroic conflict between two enemies into a drama of impossible love, Maometto II is considered Rossini’s most radical and innovative opera. Against the background of the violent and cruel tumult of war as the Venetian colony of Negroponte is invaded and defeated by Sultan Mehmet II “The Conqueror,” in 1470, Rossini contrasts this clash of civilizations with the tender emotions of a doomed romance expressed in some of the most beautiful melodies he ever wrote. Heard here in its original Naples version, this is a movingly tragic drama in which the suicide of the main female role is not without a grim relevance even today.

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