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Rossini: Overtures / Reiner, Chicago Symphony Orchestra


Release Date: 04/05/2011 
Label:  Rca   Catalog #: 68964  
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"These six overtures were recorded in a single day, November 22, 1958, at Orchestra Hall in Chicago. Intended originally by RCA Victor to be the stereophonic successor to Toscanini's recordings of five of the six, Reiner in this recording held to tempos in many cases a few seconds faster than Toscanini's; yet, notwithstanding, he managed to inject an element of geniality into the music absent in Toscanini's vivid thrust and forward drive. No one, however, could make The Barber of Seville Overture scintillate the way Toscanini did, be it with the New York Philharmonic or the NBC Symphony , but Reiner does bring a liquidity to the score that is quite refreshing. Reiner's The Thieving Magpie Overture and II Signor Bruschino Overture are Read more even more successful, with sharp detail, bravura, and panache, totally exhilarating in their sparkling frothiness. Conversely, there is a decided lushness in the opening of The Silken Ladder Overture and in Reiner's approach to the Cinderella Overture that may not appeal to those who want the refined polish Karajan brought to the former or the tauter rhythms and dry finesse Abbado brought to the latter; but Reiner could, for all his discipline and precision, be a musical sybarite at times and he obviously relished this music. As if to make up for it, his opening to the William Tell Overture is more reserved, lacking the immediate plunge into darkness and mystery that characterized Toscanini's way with this music or the dramatic intensity of Leonard Bernstein in what is my preferred recording of it (but, actually, Reiner is only toying with the listener, holding back so he can finish in a flourish of brass that generates terrific excitement. The original recordings were magnificent sonically and that warmth, lushness, clarity, and vigor have been quite successfully transferred to the new format."

-- Jon Tuska, Fanfare [9/1990] Reviewing RCA 60387
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Works on This Recording

1.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
2.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
3.
Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
4.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
5.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
6.
La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1817 
7.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Fritz Reiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rollicking overtures December 19, 2012 By J. Lisanti (Glen Ridge, NJ) See All My Reviews "I heard the William Tell Overture from this CD on WQXR and came right to ArkivMusic to order it. Fritz Reiner & the Chicago Symphony must have been drenched in sweat at the end of each of these overtures: that's how fast and almost over-the-top they are played. Not so fast that it's a mess - each note is crystal clear - but with ebullience. These are not mannered or well-behaved - they are joyful, and let you see the humor that Rossini put in them. If you don't laugh at the finales, well, maybe you haven't watched enough Bugs Bunny. Great liner notes, too." Report Abuse
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