Saturday 5 January 2019

Rossini and a Couple of Cats - Joan Lennon

Composer Gioachino Rossini 1865

Rossini (1792-1868) - we love him for The Barber of Seville, Otello, The Thieving Magpie, William Tell and so much else. He was a prolific composer, who is said to have joked "Give me the laundress' bill and I'll even set that to music!"  He was a complicated man who led a complicated life, but sometimes he drops moments of simple delight into our laps, like The Cats' Duet.  Maybe you know this piece well - maybe it's new to you - either way, take three minutes to receive a gift from the past.   

My favourite version is sung by Les Petits Chanteurs a la Croix de Bois. 

And a Happy New Year!

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Sue Bursztynski said...

I have heard this before, but never sung by boy choristers! 😂

Susan Price said...

Thanks for that New Year gift, Joan! Made me smile.

Ann Turnbull said...

I'd only heard this on the radio before. Lovely to see the singers - and wasn't the dark-haired boy enjoying himself!

Joan Lennon said...

Thanks, Sue, Susan and Ann! Sopranos tend to ham it up, whereas the music sung straight is much funnier, I think!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this, it has been some time since I last heard it.

Ms. said...

Just adore this whimsical post.

Joan Lennon said...

Thanks Toffeeapple and Ms!