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Rossini: Instrumental Music / Fischer, Budapest Festival Orchestra


Release Date: 01/13/2009 
Label:  Channel Classics   Catalog #: 27708   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What a delightful and surprising disc this is! The two overtures, of course, are well known, the String Sonata somewhat less so, but the remaining works are almost entirely unfamiliar, and they are all delightful. Le Rendez-vous de chasse is a lively piece for winds, with the horns (as the title suggests) well to the fore. The other three pieces are all variations sets, full of delightful writing for woodwinds and charming melodic invention. The instrumental writing is so "vocal" that you might find yourself imagining the actual words (in whatever language works for you).

The performances are as delicious as the music itself. The woodwinds are light and bubbly, the rhythms
Read more admirably taut in the two overtures, and the percussion crisp but never overbearing. All of the soloists acquit themselves admirably, and while you might think that the idiom turns tiresome taken in large doses, in reality there's so much timbral contrast--what with pieces for strings, winds, and colorful chamber-like combinations of the two--that you can listen to the entire program at a sitting. And of course, Channel Classics' engineering is state of the art, in all formats. A wonderful release!

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata a quattro no 1 in G major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: circa 1804; Italy 
2.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
3.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
4.
Serenata for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello, Flute, Oboe and English Horn in E flat major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
5.
Andante, Theme and Variations for Flute, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in F major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
6.
Variazioni a piů istrumenti obbligati in F major by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1809; Italy 
7.
Le rendez-vous de chasse by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Iván Fischer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Budapest Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Italy 

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