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Composer: Spontini, Gaspare (1774-1851)

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Year of birth1774
Year of death1851
NationalityItaly
PeriodRomantic
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Ceaseless fire in Spontini's Olympie at the Concertgebouw

Karina Gauvin © Michael Slobodian
Jérémie Rhorer led a turbocharged performance of this rare Spontini opera, which, although it tires with its grandiose hyperbole, contains excerpts that deserve to be heard more often.
***11
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Spontini's La vestale

Alexandra Deshorties (Julia), Jean Teitgen (Le Souverain Pontife) © Clärchen und Matthias Baus
Despite its failings, La Monnaie turn Gaspare Spontini's 1805 La vestale into a fascinating evening's opera.
****1
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Classical creativity: Beethoven and Spontini in Milan

Antonio Pappano © Musacchio Ianniello | EMI
On a rare visit to Milan, a programme of Gaspare Spontini and Beethoven exhibited a sound that was sometimes rough around the edges but brimming with creative energy. 
****1
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