Corona Classics CF 1612
Opera Overtures – Mozart: Die Zauberflöte; Weber: Euryanthe; Rossini: La scala di seta; Kreutzer: Das Nachtlager in Granada; Cherubini: Medée; Auber: Fra Diavolo; Cornelius: Der Barbier von Bagdad
The opera overture is one of the most popular and enjoyable genres in the classical repertoire. Designed to get the listener in the mood for the drama that follows, many overtures remained in the concert repertoire long after the operas themselves had disappeared from the stage. This collection includes famous examples by Mozart, Weber, and Rossini, but is notable for incorporating concert hall rarities as well, by Cornelius and Kreutzer. Auber’s sparkling Fra Diavolo is another highlight in the collection, which has been compiled from top performances by master conductors of the repertoire.