Anne Robinson, Karen Saxby
Riccardo Muti conducts a fine cast led by Giorgio Zancanaro in the title
role of Rossini's towering and opulent last opera with the Corps de
Ballet, Orchestra and Chorus of Teatro alla Scala. Sung in Italian with
"The staging is fascinating. Vast panelled video screens provide the scenic backdrops. Videos of nature in all its glory are projected onto these. It makes for breathtaking effect, and the good news is that one does not tire of it.
Muti conducts with real assurance. Pacing the drama magnificently, it is on performances like these that the controversial Maestro has made his well-deserved musical reputation. Tell emerges as a masterpiece from first to last. Rossini's compositional confidence in his craft is never once in doubt, and there is no trace of any longueur anywhere...This is a superb DVD. Tell is one of Rossini's masterpieces. The composer's inspiration never once flags. Do try to experience this treat."
Gioachino Rossini: Guglielmo Tell [Mutti, La Scala, 1988]