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Rossini: Overtures Vol 2 / Benda, Prague Sinfonia

Rossini / Prague Philharmonic Choir / Benda
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570934  
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Rossini’s overtures are so delightful, and so unlike any other music. Really, is there anything out there that delivers sheer pleasure so consistently? This second volume in Naxos’ ongoing series has one minor flaw: the final gallop in William Tell sounds just a bit cautious, all the more so when the preceding sections are so lively and captivating. Otherwise, this disc is an unalloyed winner, featuring a selection of familiar and unfamiliar pieces from the very early (Sinfonia di Bologna) to the very late (William Tell). Indeed, we hear bits of the Sinfonia di Bologna twice, since Rossini reused some of it in L’inganno felice.

There are some imposing pieces in this collection: Sigismondo and Eduardo e Cristina in particular
Read more are two of Rossini’s larger works in the form. The two popular overtures, La scala di seta and Il Signor Bruschino, the latter with its tapping violin bows, are especially delightful here at Christian Benda’s quick tempos. The woodwind players, so critical to these pieces, are particularly fine—not a surprise from a Czech ensemble. The oboe soloist at the start of La scala di seta is amazing, and the strings have the necessary ensemble precision and rhythmic bounce to make the performances completely convincing. Fine sound too. Strongly recommended.

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

1.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
2.
L'inganno felice: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811-1812; Italy 
3.
Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
4.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
5.
Edoardo e Cristina: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
6.
Demetrio e Polibio: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1806-08; Italy 
7.
Sigismondo: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
8.
Sinfonia di Bologna by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1808; Italy 

Sound Samples

Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Guillaume Tell: Overture
Eduardo e Cristina: Overture
L'inganno felice: Overture
La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder): La scala di seta: Overture
Demetrio e Polibio: Overture
Il Signor Bruschino: Sinfonia
Sinfonia in D major, "Bologna"
Sigismondo: Overture

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