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Rossini: Overtures / Claudio Abbado, London Symphony Orch


Release Date: 12/01/1987 
Label:  Dg Galleria Catalog #: 419869   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Good performances of Rossini overtures—of the kind taken for granted by a previous generation whenever men like Beecham, Gui, Serafin, or Toscanini stepped on to the rostrum—are something of a rarity these days. Too often, conductors, orchestras, and engineers turn poor Rossini into what Scott Goddard once called that "obese old gallant". (Not always very gallant, either.) Happily, in these pieces as in much else besides, Claudio Abbado is a cut above the average. As he conducts Rossini his music is as spare, witty, and original as Stravinsky's: the Stravinsky of Pulcinella, for instance. Rossini's vitality is seen as being both exuberant and obsessive and it is complemented by an ear for orchestral timbre which is economical, Read more original, occasionally bizarre, and always wonderfully acute in its perceptions. DG's dry, Glyndebourne-like acoustic helps, as does the playing of the LSO: wonderfully icy strings, and English woodwinds which can still point a Rossini phrase as appetizingly, as incomparably, as their predecessors did for Beecham in the famous old LPO recordings.

-- Gramophone [3/1984]
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Works on This Recording

1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
2. La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1817 
3. La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
4. L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
5. Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
6. L'assedio di Corinto: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Claudio Abbado
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 

Sound Samples

Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture (Sinfonia)
La Cenerentola: Overture (Sinfonia)
La gazza ladra: Overture
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture
Il Signor Bruschino: Overture
Le siège de Corinthe: Overture

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