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ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)

The Classical Shop
release date: December 2012

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz
album available as a Studio Master
Originally recorded in 2012

Artists:

Prague Sinfonia


Benda, Christian


Christian Benda

Conductor

Prague Philharmonic Chorus



Venue:

Kulturni Dum Barikadniku, Prague, Czech Republic



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Orchestral & Concertos


Classical

Total Time - 60:04
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GIOACHINO ROSSINI

     
1 

La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)

9:50
     
2 

Semiramide

12:27
     
3 

Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra

7:28
     
4 

Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia

8:34
     
5 

Le siege de Corinthe: Overture

9:34
     
6 

Sinfonia, "al Conventello"

4:03
     
7 

Ermione

8:08
     
 Christian Benda Conductor
 Benda, Christian


Rossini wrote some of music’s most masterful and lovable operas. His gift for comic and tragic forms was matched by a relish for characterisation, qualities that are always evident in his overtures. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is perhaps the most famous, one of the world’s most popular concert openers. But in Otello he reveals his more complex turns of phrase and in Le siège de Corinthe the writing is dramatic and colourful. The overture for Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra was used again a year later by Rossini for Il barbiere di Siviglia. This is the first of four albums of the complete Rossini Overtures.

                *** - Good

Riccardo Cassani - Musica magazine - March 2013


 "... a definate recommendation."

Jerry Dubins - Fanfare - March/April 2013


"...All of these, and the other, better known, works, are played with real spirit and style and recorded clearly and cleanly... This is an admirable start to what looks like being a very desirable series." 
 
John Sheppard - MusicWeb-International.com - 8 January 2013
 

                      Artistic Quality 9           Sound Quality 9
"Up to now, the standard collection of Rossini overtures has been Neville Marriner’s correct but somewhat flat-footed series on Philips. This new project promises to improve on that set considerably. Christian Benda’s Prague Sinfonia has all of the discipline of Marriner’s ensemble, but with an extra sprightliness and vivacity—bright piccolo and wind sonorities plus crisp percussion—that the earlier set doesn’t match. There’s more sheer fun in the music making on this new release, a quality that’s fully in evidence and properly exploited, even in Rossini’s most serious music ...The selection of works is well chosen for maximum variety. Ermione, one of Rossini’s most remarkable and undervalued masterpieces, has an overture featuring choral interjections that are extremely arresting. The Sinfonia in D ‘al Conventello’ is an early work that predates Rossini’s operatic career, but reveals much of the composer to come. Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra uses the first version of what later became the overture to The Barber of Seville. The Siege of Corinth reveals the sophisticated composer of his last, Parisian period ... "
 
David Hurwitz - ClassicsToday.com - October 2012
 

 "... For exactly one hour, this opening Naxos volume offers high-class entertainment, ... Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia delight in the music, giving it a vivid performance ..."

Colin Anderson - International Record Review - January 2013




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