... are going out to that bon vivant and all-round great guy Gioachino Rossini - 53 years old today. Yes, the Swan of Pesaro was born February 29, 1792. And in honour of the occasion we're sending out birthday greetings and best wishes from all of his friends and fans. And what better way to say Happy Birthday than with a few of the Maestro's own compositions.
First off Rolando Villazon asks the musical question: La Danza!
He may not be a Rossini Tenor but he sure knows how to wow a crowd. That gang in Berlin was with him all the way.
And Emanuele Luzzati and Guilio Gianni continue our theme with a piano rendition of La Danza until mascot Puncinello has a wild and funny dream to the overture to Il Turco in Italia.
Happy Birthday Maestro you don't sound a day older!
29 febbraio - San Giusto