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ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 4 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)

Composer(s):Rossini, Gioachino
Artist(s) Benda, Christian, Conductor • Prague Sinfonia
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.572735
Label Naxos
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The enduring popularity of Rossini’s operas is a testament to their wit and inventiveness, every overture a superb portrait of each ensuing drama. There is none more popular than the farcical comedy of Il barbiere di Siviglia, but themes of flirtation and disguise can also be found in Il Turco in Italia, contrasting with the heroism and revenge of Armida and the cunning exploits of Le Comte Ory. This edition, of which this is the final instalment, has gained wide critical acclaim, with Volume 2 (8.570934) described as “an unalloyed winner” by ClassicsToday.com.


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Review By WQXR (New York),March 2014

Last June we introduced you to Vol. 2 of the Prague Sinfonia’s four-CD series of Rossini’s complete overtures. Now comes the finale, and it’s packed with some of the composer’s less familiar opera openers. Included are rarities like the overtures to Bianca e Falliero, Armida, Torvaldo e Dorliska and Ricciardo e Zoraide, all of which typify the composer’s wit and charm. But not all is obscure here: the album opens with the beloved Overture to the Barber of Seville. © 2014 WQXR (New York)








 

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