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Gioachino Rossini: Maometto II



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With its carefully planned yet complex dramatic structure and skilful 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 civilisations 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 – the more conventional 1822 Venice version with its overture and happy ending can be heard on Naxos 8.660149-51 – 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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Item number 8660444-46
Barcode 730099044479
Release date 09/11/2018
Category CD
Label Naxos Records
Media type CD
Number of units 3
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