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Rossini: Complete Overtures Vol 4 / Benda


Release Date: 02/25/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8572735   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 55 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This volume completes Naxos’ very enjoyable four-disc set of the complete Rossini overtures. Think about it: that’s a lot of orchestral music from a composer known almost exclusively for his vocal works–three or four Bruckner symphonies’ worth, and what would you rather listen to? This last installment includes two really popular overtures: The Barber of Seville and Il Turco in Italia, but much of the musical interest lies in the less familiar pieces.

Ricciardo e Zoraide, for example, has an unconventional form, ending quietly with a lengthy aria for solo flute, preceded by a romantic horn solo. Torvaldo e Dorliska reveals that Rossini was always ready with a new and interesting take on his signature “crescendo.” This one
Read more ends, not with the conventional climactic tutti, but with a series of more lyrical phrases for the violins. Armida’s opening march leads to another insanely difficult horn solo (the MET’s player blew it horribly at the performance of the opera that I saw). Rossini must have worked with some astoundingly fine individual players.

The performances, as with the other volumes in this series, are crisp, fleet, and shapely, with excellent solo winds nicely balanced against well-coordinated strings. Conductor Christian Benda also takes care to handle the percussion with good taste and common sense. For example, he reserves the cymbals for the very end of The Barber of Seville, an effective decision.

If you’re looking for the complete Rossini overtures, the only other option you have is Marriner’s set on Philips. These performances, on the whole, have just that much more more character and sparkle. They deserve your consideration.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Torvaldo e Dorliska: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Italy 
2.
Ricciardo e Zoraide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1818; Italy 
3.
Le Comte Ory: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Italy 
4.
Il turco in Italia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
5.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
6.
Bianca e Falliero: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
7.
Armida: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
8.
Sinfonia in E flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: Italy 

Sound Samples

Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Overture
Il turco in Italia: Overture
Sinfonia in E-Flat Major
Ricciardo e Zoraide: Act I: Overture
Torvaldo e Dorliska: Act I: Sinfonia
Armida: Act I: Sinfonia
Mesice (The Months), H. 135: Le comte Ory, Act I: Introduction
Bianca e Falliero: Sinfonia

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 familiar and obscure Rossini August 8, 2014 By S. Harris (Saint Louis, MO) See All My Reviews "A satisfactory mix of old stand-bys and less familiar Rossini short pieces, well deserving to be lifted out of obscurity." Report Abuse
 Welcome Addition June 3, 2014 By William Muthig (Milan, OH) See All My Reviews "This CD is a welcome addition to a music collection. It completes this set of Rossini overtures and includes some very nice works that are not typically heard. The performances of the works are enjoyable." Report Abuse
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