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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 discs of the complete Rossini Overtures.
Gioachino Rossini: La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie)
La gazza ladra: Overture
Gioachino Rossini: Semiramide
Gioachino Rossini: Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra
Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra, Act I: Sinfonia
Gioachino Rossini: Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia
Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia, Act I: Sinfonia
Gioachino Rossini: Le siege de Corinthe: Overture
Le siege de Corinthe: Overture
Gioachino Rossini: Sinfonia, "al Conventello"
Sinfonia, "al Conventello"
Gioachino Rossini: Ermione
Ermione, Act I: Sinfonia - Troia! qual fosti un di!
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