Rossini: Complete Overtures [4 CD set]

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GIOACCHINO ROSSINI
Rossini: Complete Overtures [4 CD set]
Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda

[ Naxos / 4 CD Box Set ]

Release Date: Friday 20 January 2017

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Rossini's musical wit and zest for comic characterisation have enriched the operatic repertoire immeasurably, and his overtures distil these qualities into works of colourful orchestration, bravura and charm. From his most popular, such as La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder) and La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), to the rarity Matilde of Shabran, the full force of Rossini's dramatic power is revealed in these masterpieces of invention.

Each of the four discs in this set has received outstanding international acclaim, with Volume 2 described as "an unalloyed winner" by ClassicsToday, and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra's playing described as "stunning" by American Record Guide (Volume 3).

"The playing is clean and efficient, well balanced and nicely paced," (BBC Music)

"The Prague Sinfonia Orchestra plays with tremendous character and clarity, making these works something worth listening to anew. The winds and percussion remain noteworthy, the smaller string section continues to be at once incisive and exciting, and the brass retain a somewhat watery quality that I happen to like a lot. Christian Benda has clearly put a lot of thought into these scores, and managed to maintain a level of quality that is impressive. The more famous overtures are played with a joyous relish that many a big name orchestra has lacked, while all the rarer works are given the same amount of care and attention to detail as their more illustrious disc-mates…these warmly played, lovingly conducted albums simply offer more music in better sound. This is the set of choice. Grab it now." (ClassicalNet)

Tracks:

La gazza ladra Overture
Otello Overture
Semiramide Overture
Le Siège de Corinthe Overture
Il barbiere di Siviglia Overture
Sinfonia al Conventello
Ermione: Overture
La Cenerentola Overture
L'Italiana in Algeri Overture
Tancredi Overture
Maometto II: Overture
La cambiale di matrimonio Overture
Matilde di Shabran Overture
Grand' overtura obbligata a contrabbasso
Guillaume Tell Overture
Eduardo e Cristina: Overture
L'inganno felice Overture
La scala di seta Overture
Demetrio e Polibio: Overture
Il Signor Bruschino Overture
Sinfonia di Bologna
Il Signor Bruschino Overture
Sinfonia di Bologna
Sigismondo Overture
Il Turco in Italia Overture
Sinfonia in E flat major
Overture: Ricciardo e Zoraide
Torvaldo e Dorliska Overture
Armida Overture
Le Comte Ory Overture
Bianca e Falliero: Overture