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Rossini, Verdi: Overtures / Claudio Abbado, London So


Release Date: 10/23/2001 
Label:  Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension Catalog #: 68012   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Giuseppe VerdiGioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

Imported from : European Union   
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

With its qualities of intelligent, impassioned conducting married to polished and vibrant orchestral playing, Claudio Abbado's Rossini overture collection offers much for listeners to enjoy. Abbado wonderfully captures Semiramide's pomp and majesty, Il barbiere di Siviglia's learned comedy, and the high spirits of Tancredi, Il turco in Italia, and La scala di seta, while vividly portraying the picturesque drama of William Tell. It's only when you listen to the unrestrained brio and super-refined orchestral execution found in Fritz Reiner's classic Chicago Symphony recording that you notice what Abbado (and practically everyone else) is missing. Still, this set stands tall among the more recent versions.


The Verdi
Read more selections are equally fine. Abbado includes the rarely-performed Aida Sinfonia (the extended overture prepared for the opera's Italian premiere) in a powerful reading that justifies its revival. I vespri siciliani and (especially) La forza del destino also are expertly done, with strong playing from the London Symphony brass. RCA's newly remastered 1978 analog recordings have much clarity and impact despite a lack of body and warmth probably attributable to the large empty hall acoustic.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
2. I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
3. La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
4. Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
5. La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
6. Il turco in Italia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1814; Italy 
7. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
8. Tancredi: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
9. Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 

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