Rossini, Gioachino - Critical Editions

Rossini, Gioachino

The Works of Gioachino Rossini in critical edition published by Fondazione Rossini Pesaro with the collaboration of Casa Ricordi
Generale editor:  Philip Gossett (until 2005), Ilaria Narici (since 2006)


By the end of the 19th century most of Rossini's operas - and especially the opere serie which had dominated the opera scene at the time of their composition - had simply dropped out of the repertoire. By then the composer's reputation depended on the knowledge of a handful of works, accompanied by a thin sprinkling of biographical and critical clichés that not even eminent musicologists like Radiciotti could eradicate. So when in the 1920s we encounter the very first signs of what was to become the "Rossini Renaissance" few of the operas were available in score and knowledge of the manuscript sources (even the autograph manuscripts) was negligible. Indeed for certain works that had been triumphantly greeted at their first appearance it was thought that the music was lost or had even been destroyed by the dissatisfied composer. Not surprisingly, therefore, considerable difficulties arose when the other operas were resurrected one by one: not only textual problems, but also problems of finding the right musical interpreters. 
If today the situation can be said to be reversed, if many of Rossini's masterpieces have once again been restored to their pristine brilliance, and if we now know everything (or almost) about the gestation of each work, we owe it largely to the monumental project launched by the Fondazione Rossini of Pesaro at the beginning of the 1970s: the critical edition. In addition, the publication of the scores was preceded and accompanied by meticulous work in other related areas: the research into Rossini's compositional methods and his earliest interpreters' performance practice; and the cataloguing of the sources.
As a result, scholars are now in a position to reconstruct the history of all the operatic versions that can be considered as authentic (i.e. intended or approved by the composer). And in the process, there have been many rediscoveries and additions to the Rossini catalogue. Equally significant are the profound changes to Rossini's image and critical standing since the early decades of the last century: in particular, scholars have recognised the central position of the opere serie, particularly those of his Neapolitan period. 

Critical Editions available

Adina ossia Il Califfo di Bagdad
Edited by Fabrizio Della Seta
Two-volume set: one volume score pp. I-LIV, 1 -418 + critical commentary pp. 106
GR 24

Armida
Edited by Charles S. Brauner, Patyricia B. Brauner
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-L, 1-578/ 579-1235 + critical commentary pp. 181
GR 19
Piano vocal score available – CP 138588

Bianca e Falliero, o sia Il consiglio dei tre
Edited by Gabriele Dotto
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LV, 1-507/ 508-1149 + critical commentary pp. 162
GR 18
Piano vocal score available – CP 134029

Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Edited by Alberto Zedda (edition 2009)
Four-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LIX, 1-525/ 527-953
+ 2 volumes  critical commentary (fonts) pp. 146/(notes) pp. 229
GR 35 
Piano vocal score – CP 139906
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La Cenerentola
Edited by Alberto Zedda
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LIX, 1-686/687-1115 + critical commentary pp. 216
GR 21
Piano vocal score available – CP 131821
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La donna del lago
Edited by H. Colin Slim
Four-volume set: three volumes score  pp. I-XLVI, 1-544/545-952/(banda) pp. I-XIII, 1-151
+ critical commentary pp. 194
GR 09
Piano vocal score available – CP 133191

Elisabetta regina d’Inghilterra
Edited by Vincenzo Borghetti
Two-volumes set: pp. I-XCIII, 1-404/I-VIII, 870- + critical commentary 
GR 43

L’equivoco stravagante
Edited by Marco Beghelli
Three-volumes set: pp. I-LXXVI, 1-400/I-VIII, 401-766 + critical commentary 
GR 42
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Ermione
Edited by Philip Gossett and Patricia B. Brauner
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-XLVIII, 1-539/541-846+ critical commentary pp. 119
GR 16
Piano vocal score available – CP 134548
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La gazza ladra
Edited by Alberto Zedda
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-XLIX, 1-600/ 601-1197 + critical commentary pp. 220
GR 01
Study score available – PR 1399 (two paperbound volumes pp. 1-600 + 601-1258  with critical commentary)
Piano vocal score available – CP 132722

La gazzetta
Edited by Philip Gossett, Fabrizio Scipioni
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LVI, 1-394/ 395-756 + critical commentary pp. 193
GR 26

Guillaume Tell
Edited by Elizabeth Bartlet
Six-volume set: four volumes score pp. I-LXXIV, 1-530/531-854/ 855-1483/1485-2050
+ two volumes critical commentary (texts) pp. 253/(notes) pp.324
GR 11
Piano vocal score - CP 136255

L’italiana in Algeri
Edited by Azio Corghi
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-XLV, 1-304/305-781 + critical commentary pp. 191
GR 02
Study score available – PR 1396 (two paperbound volumes pp. 1-304 + 305-837 with critical commentary)
Piano vocal score available – CP 132118

Mosè in Egitto
Edited by Charles S. Brauner
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LVIII, 1-380/381-842 +critical commentary pp. 248
GR 28
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L’occasione fa il ladro
Edited by Philip Gossett, Giovanni Carli Ballola, Patrycia B. Brauner
Two-volume set: one volume score pp. I-XXXIX, 1-544 + critical commentary pp. 107
GR 13
Piano vocal score available – CP 134552

Otello
Edited by Michael Collins
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LIII, 1-469/ 471-961+ critical commentary pp. 169
GR 14
Piano vocal score available – CP 134599
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La pietra del paragone
Edited by Patricia B. Brauner, Anders Wiklund
Two-volumes set: pp. I-XCVIII, 1-564/I-IX, 565-1072 + critical commentary
GR 44

La scala di seta
Edited by Anders Wiklund 
Two-volume set: one volume score pp. I-XXXIII, 1-487 + critical commentary pp. 85
GR 10
Piano vocal score available – CP 134555


Semiramide
Five-volume set: four volumes score pp. I-LXXXII, 1-433/434-840/841-1467/(banda) I-XV, 1-150 + critical commentary pp. 232
GR 25
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Sigismondo
Edited by Paolo Pinamonti
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LVII, 1-371/373-657 + critical commentary pp. 162
GR 36
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Il Signor Bruschino
Edited by Arrigo Gazzaniga
Two-volume set: one volume score pp. I-XXXV, 1-426 + critical commentary pp. 79
GR 06
Study score available – PR 1398 (one paperbound volume pp. 445 with critical commentary)
Piano vocal score available – CP 133893

Tancredi
Edited by Philip Gossett
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-XLIX, 1-282/283-818 + critical commentary pp. 299
GR 04
Study score available – PR 1397 (two paperbound volumes pp. 282 + 283-901 with critical commentary)
Piano vocal score available – CP 132572
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Torvaldo e Dorliska
Edited by Francesco Paolo Russo
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-L, 1-449/ 451-752 + critical commentary pp. 207
GR 34

Il Turco in Italia
Edited by Margaret Bent
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LIII, 1-534/535-1040 + critical commentary pp. 259
GR 07
Piano vocal score available – CP 132838 

Il viaggio a Reims ossia L’albergo del Giglio d’oro
Edited by Janet Johnson
Three-volume set: two volumes score pp. I-LXXIV, 1-444/445-942 + critical commentary pp. 220
GR 23
Piano vocal score available – CP 133821

Zelmira
Edited by Kathleen K. Hansell
Four-volume set: three volumes score pp. I-LXII, 1-678/679-1141/(banda) I-XV, 1-107 
+ critical commentary pp. 185
GR 29


Petite Messe Solennelle
Edited by Davide Daolmi
Two-volume set: one volume score (soli, coro, 2 pianos and harmonium) + critical commentary pp. I_XXI, 1-192/ one volume tests pp. 150
GR 37