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Gemini - Rossini: Overtures / Beecham, Et Al


Release Date: 05/02/2006 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 50889   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Ottorino RespighiGioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Eugene GoossensGianluigi GelmettiThomas SchippersLamberto Gardelli,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic OrchestraStuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mixed 
Length: 2 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



ROSSINI Overtures: La scala di seta . 1 Il signor Bruschino . 1 Tancredi . 1 L?italiana in Algeri . 1 L?inganno Felice . 2 L?assedio di Corinto . Read more class="SUPER12">3 Guillaume Tell . 4 Il barbiere di Siviglia . 5 La cenerentola . 6 Il viaggio a Reims . 7 La cambiale di matrimonio . 8 La gazza ladra . 8 Semiramide . 8 Le Comte Ory . 9 Il turco in Italia . 10 RESPIGHI La boutique fantasque 10 ? Gianluigi Gelmetti, cond; 1 Jerzy Maksymiuk, cond; 2 Thomas Schippers, cond; 3 Lamberto Gardelli, cond; 4 Vittorio Gui, cond; 5,9 Tullio Serafin, cond; 6 Malcolm Sargent, cond; 7 Thomas Beecham, cond; 8 Gianandrea Gavazzeni, cond; 10 Eugene Goosens, cond; 11 Stuttgart RSO; 1 Polish CO; 2 London SO; 3 Royal PO; 4,5,8,11 Philharmonia O; 6 Vienna PO; 7 Glyndebourne Festival O; 9 La Scala O 10 ? EMI 50889, mono 10 (2 CDs: 156:28)


If your tastes run to angst , Rossini is probably not your man. Remember the parlor game about whom you would like to have as guests if you could have anyone over for dinner? My wife and I settled on the same choices: George Balanchine, Artur Rubinstein, and?Gioacchino Rossini. By most accounts, Rossini was an excellent talker, full of delicious gossip and witty anecdotes; he also met two of my favorite composers: Beethoven (who admired Il barbiere di Siviglia ) and Wagner (who was probably less admiring). Among 20th-century musicians, Walton was a Rossini enthusiast. Perhaps, as Beethoven suggested, Rossini should have stuck to comic opera, but there are surely some inspired pages in Semiramide and Mose , even if the music lacks the fizzy brilliance and bounce of, say, L?italiana or Il barbiere . In any case, no matter how little time he may have spent composing them, the overtures to even some of his extinct operas, remain concert hall staples and this collection, while it doesn?t have them all, is still pretty inclusive and, no matter how I might nitpick about minuscule details, I love this set. It just amazes me how a composer could write so much delightful stuff without seeming to work up a sweat. With the exception of Gavazzeni?s Il turco in Italia , all the recordings are stereophonic. Given that they were willing to use a mono recording, EMI could have added an extra conductorial credential by using one of Igor Markevitch?s recordings, such as that of the La scala di seta overture.


For whatever reason, Rossini retired from composing operas while in his prime, and most of what he chose to write after that came in the form of miniatures that he, typically, dismissed as ?Sins of My Old Age.? Respighi drew upon these little gems as the source for what became a popular ballet score. Unfortunately, the only fragment of La boutique fantasque I have managed to see is a one-minute excerpt from the film, ?The Red Shoes,? danced by Moira Shearer and Leonid Massine. At one time, I thought more highly of the Goosens La boutique fantasque than I do nowadays. I believe it may have been the first truly complete recording, too, since those of Kurtz, Galliera, and Ansermet, highly competitive mono versions, didn?t include the brief transition passages between numbers. I liked it enough to settle for a mono copy of the Capitol/EMI LP, since I could never dig up a stereo one. Here it is in somewhat mushy, unclear stereo (the winds are too recessed) and still a worthy performance, but I prefer the more clearly recorded and more ?balletic? ones of Dutoit and Lopez-Cobos. This is a two-fer and an inexpensive way to put many Rossini eggs in one basket.


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Works on This Recording

1. La boutique fantasque by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1919; Rome, Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 42 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/24/1957 - 09/26/1957)
This ballet is based on themes by Gioacchino Rossini. 
2. La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany (07/01/1991 - 07/05/1991) 
3. Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany (07/01/1991 - 07/05/1991) 
4. Tancredi: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany (07/01/1991 - 07/05/1991) 
5. L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
Venue:  Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
Villa Berg, Stuttgart, Germany (07/01/1991 - 07/05/1991) 
6. L'assedio di Corinto: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
Venue:  All Saints, Tooting, London, England 
Length: 9 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
All Saints, Tooting, London, England (07/1974 - 08/1974) 
7. Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
Length: 12 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (07/1972 - 08/1972); Kingsway Hall, London, England (09/1972) 
8. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (09/04/1962 - 09/11/1962) 
9. La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1817 
Date of Recording: 04/15/1961 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 8 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
10. Il viaggio a Reims: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1825; Italy 
Date of Recording: 02/03/1960 
Venue:  Grosser Saal, Musikverein, Vienna 
Length: 6 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 
11. La cambiale di matrimonio: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (11/05/1958 - 11/07/1958) 
12. La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 10 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (11/05/1958 - 11/07/1958) 
13. Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 12 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (11/05/1958 - 11/07/1958) 
14. Il turco in Italia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianandrea Gavazzeni
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
Venue:  Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy 
Length: 8 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a mono recording.
Teatro Alla Scala, Milan, Italy (08/31/1954 - 09/08/1954) 
15. L'inganno felice: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811-1812; Italy 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 5 Minutes 10 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording.
EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, England (08/15/1981 - 08/19/1981) 
16. Le Comte Ory: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Italy 
Date of Recording: 08/1956 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 1, London, Engl 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a stereo recording. 

Sound Samples

Ouvertüren: La scala di seta
Ouvertüren: Il Signor Bruschino
Ouvertüren: Tancredi
Ouvertüren: L'Italiana in Algeri
L'Inganno felice (1991 Digital Remaster): Overture
L'Assedio di Corinto (1992 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
Guillaume Tell (1995 Digital Remaster): Ouverture (Orchestre)
Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) (2002 Digital Remaster): Sinfonia (Orchestra)
La Cenerentola, or La bontà in trionfo (1989 Digital Remaster): Overture
Il viaggio a Reims (or L'albergo del giglio d'oro) (1991 Digital Remaster): Overture
La cambiale di matrimonio (1992 Digital Remaster): Overture
La Gazza ladra (1992 Digital Remaster): Overture
Semiramide (1992 Digital Remaster): Overture
Le Comte Ory (1992 Digital Remaster): Overture
Il Turco in Italia (1997 Digital Remaster), ATTO PRIMO: Sinfonia
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Ouverture (tempo di marcia)
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Allegretto
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Vivo
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Tarantella
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Vivo
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Mazurka
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Moderato
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Danse cosaque (allegro moderato)
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Allegro brilliante
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Cancan (allegretto grottesco)
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Vivacissimo
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Andantino mosso
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Valse lente (andantino moderato)
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Con brio
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Allegro moderato
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Nocturne (andantino)
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Galop (vivacissimo)
La Boutique fantasque (version original) (2006 Digital Remaster): Allegro brilliante

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