Rossini's Tea Party

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Saturday 10th July 11.15am Coffee Concert £5 (£3) SM

In 1829 at the ‘grand’ age of 37, Gioachino Rossini, (1792-1868) retired from the operatic world, writing only a handful of works over the next three decades. In his latter years, when the ageing composer retreated to his sumptuous villa in the Parisian suburb of Passy, he devoted his time to cooking, entertaining and, most importantly, composing a wonderful array of music, including works for the pianoforte - his ‘péchés de vieillesse’ (‘sins of old age’). In this semifictional account of Rossini’s ‘twilight’ years, the Italian master reflects on the musical achievements of some notable Italian composers. The audience is transported to Rossini’s villa, through his musical reminiscences, intermingled with music by Frescobaldi, Martini, Cimarosa, Clementi, and of course Rossini himself. Ambrose Page (piano) Patricia Hope (narrator)

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