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Rossini's immense gift for melody, love of orchestral color and rhythm are the reasons his overtures remain among the most performed orchestral repertoire today.  Naxos' Rossini Overtures series continues with Volume 3, mixing little known pieces such as the lively student work Grand'overture 'obbligata a contrabasso' alongside universally known works such as La Cenerentola (Cinderella).  Below we feature Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra's previous volumes in this series, as well as their complete Schubert overtures.

Praise for Vol. 1:
"I look forward eagerly to the rest of this cycle. It’s sounds like it may well become the series of choice." © 2012

"...real theatrical vitality in each of these performances, as well as grace and wit in phrasing." - John Sheppard, MusicWeb International

Praise for Vol. 2:
"The Prague Sinfonia is of the size able to produce the light and airy quality on which such music thrives, the quality and intonation of the violins of particular merit. The recorded sound is outstanding." - © David’s Review Corner

"Known or unknown, each track on this album typifies Rossini’s wit and charm and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra delivers compelling performances of each." - © 2013 WQXR (New York)

Featured Release:

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 3 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)

More from the Rossini Overture series:

ROSSINI, G.: Overtures (Complete),
Vol. 2 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)

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

Also by Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra:

SCHUBERT, F.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1 (Prague Sinfonia, C. Benda)
SCHUBERT, F.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2 (Prague Sinfonia, C. Benda)


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