I could be wrong, but I can't remember a single thread about Rossini on this forum. (No doubt some kind soul will point me to an ancient thread, if I have got it wrong......)
Does anyone listen to Rossini? Anyone rate him alongside the "greats"? He seems to be one of those composers that divide opinion. Abbado and Guilini spent a lot of time conducting him. Others wouldn't touch him with a barge-pole. My sense is that his reputation is probably a little lower now than it was, say, thirty years ago.
My knowledge of him is pretty thin, I suppose. The only opera I know well and listen to on a fairly regular basis is The Barber of Seville. If you don't know it, it is unbelievably funny and miraculously tuneful. Not a million miles from Mozart in musical language or orchestration, though probably lacking that final depth of feeling. Apart from that, I half-know a few others - La Cenerentola, Le Comte Ory.......and, of course, the overtures, which I used to listen to as a teenager. Given my appreciation for the Barber of Seville, I should probably have a look at his other works, but I haven't got around to it yet.
Any recommendations? Any Rossini fans out there.........?