Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 2

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Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 2



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29th April 2013




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Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 2


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

Sigismondo Overture

Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda



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Rossini’s ceaseless wit and invention are best exemplified in his series of operas.

His colourful orchestration and command of both comic and tragic elements can be savoured in this second of four volumes of the complete symphonic overtures. Guillaume Tell, with its overture in four movements, includes a scene for five solo cellos. La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder), one of his most popular pieces, opens with an overture of charm and élan. Volume 1 (8570933) was described by MusicWeb International as “an admirable start to what looks like being a very desirable series”.

Witty and vital, but also darker and rather less well known, Rossini’s overtures cover a wide variety of moods and expressions. This disc includes the perennial favourite La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder), and the witty Guillaume Tell. With little known operatic overtures included, it makes for a finely balanced programme; and whilst the favourites have been multiply recorded, others are very much under represented in the catalogue.

Gioachino Rossini: Guillaume Tell (William Tell)

Guillaume Tell: Overture

Gioachino Rossini: Eduardo e Cristina

Eduardo e Cristina: Overture

Gioachino Rossini: L'inganno felice

L'inganno felice: Overture

Gioachino Rossini: La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder)

La scala di seta: Overture

Gioachino Rossini: Demetrio e Polibio

Demetrio e Polibio: Overture

Gioachino Rossini: Il Signor Bruschino

Il Signor Bruschino: Sinfonia

Gioachino Rossini: Sinfonia in D major, "Bologna"

Sinfonia in D major, "Bologna"

Gioachino Rossini: Sigismondo

Sigismondo: Overture

BBC Music Magazine

August 2013


“The playing is clean and efficient, well balanced and nicely paced, though the performances rarely rise to the truly inspired.”

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