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Best Overtures 100

Best Overtures 100 / Various
Release Date: 05/22/2012 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 27333   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus MozartGaetano DonizettiVincenzo Bellini,   ... 
Conductor:  Carlo Maria GiuliniGianluigi GelmettiLamberto GardelliSir Colin Davis,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia OrchestraStuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 6 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These preludes to some of the greatest works in classical music are masterpieces in their own right, here led by a panoply of well-known conductors in recordings from the EMI vaults. These preludes to some of the greatest works in classical music are masterpieces in their own right, here led by a panoply of well-known conductors in recordings from the EMI vaults. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
2.
Tancredi: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
3.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
4.
L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
5.
Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Gianluigi Gelmetti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1813; Italy 
6.
Guillaume Tell: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Lamberto Gardelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829; Italy 
7.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
8.
Don Giovanni, K 527: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Prague, Czech Republ 
9.
Così fan tutte, K 588: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1790; Vienna, Austria 
10.
L'Elisir d'Amore: Overture by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1832; Italy 
11.
I puritani: Sinfonia by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835; Italy 
12.
Il segreto di Susanna: Overture by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; Munich, Germany 
13.
I quattro rusteghi: Overture by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1906; Munich, Germany 
14.
Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture by Mikhail Glinka
Conductor:  Artur Rodzinski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837-1842; Russia 
15.
Nutcracker, Op. 71: no 1a, Act 1 - Miniature Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1891-1892; Russia 
16.
Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93: Overture by Bedrich Smetana
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bamberg Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1866 
17.
Donna Diana: Overture by E. Nikolaus von Reznicek
Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1889-1908; Prague 
18.
Nabucco: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
19.
La traviata: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1853; Italy 
20.
Un ballo in maschera: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Italy 
21.
Macbeth: Ballet Music by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847/1865; Italy 
22.
Luisa Miller: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Italy 
23.
La forza del destino: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862/1869; Italy 
24.
Ernani: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Milan Teatro alla Scala Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Italy 
25.
Aida: Act 1 Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Italy 
26.
Rigoletto: Prelude by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Julius Rudel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1851; Italy 
27.
I vespri siciliani: Overture by Giuseppe Verdi
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1855; Italy 
28.
Carmen: Act 1 Prelude "Les toréadors" by Georges Bizet
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1873-1874; France 
29.
Mignon: Overture by Ambroise Thomas
Conductor:  Berislav Klobucar
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; France 
30.
Faust: Act 1 - Introduction by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Georges Prêtre
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris National Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; France 
31.
L'étoile: Ouverture by Emmanuel Chabrier
Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lyon Opera Orchestra
32.
La vie parisienne: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Louis Frémaux
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Paris, France 
33.
Orphée aux enfers: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
34.
Hänsel und Gretel: Overture by Engelbert Humperdinck
Conductor:  Jeffrey Tate
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1893; Germany 
35.
Dido and Aeneas, Z 626: Overture by Henry Purcell
Conductor:  Emmanuelle Haïm
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Concert D'Astrée
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1689; England 
36.
Alcina, HWV 34: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Simon Standage
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; London, England 
37.
Messiah, HWV 56: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Sir David Willcocks
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; London, England 
38.
Fidelio, Op. 72: Overture in E major by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1814; Vienna, Austria 
39.
Der Freischütz, J 277: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Joseph Keilberth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
40.
Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Overture by Carl Maria von Weber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 
41.
Die leichte Kavallerie: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Vienna, Austria 
42.
Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Vienna, Austria 
43.
Dichter und Bauer: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Vienna, Austria 
44.
Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor: Overture by Otto Nicolai
Conductor:  Robert Heger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1849; Berlin, Germany 
45.
Die Fledermaus: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  Vilem Tausky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Vienna, Austria 
46.
Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture by Johann Strauss Jr.
Conductor:  John Barker
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; Vienna, Austria 
47.
Der fliegende Holländer: Overture by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
48.
Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1856; Germany 
49.
Lohengrin: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1847; Germany 
50.
Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg: Act 1 Prelude by Richard Wagner
Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; Germany 
51.
Rodelinda, HWV 19: Overture by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  Nicholas Kraemer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Raglan Baroque Players
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
52.
Serse, HWV 40: Sinfonia by George Frideric Handel
Conductor:  William Christie
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Arts Florissants
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1738; London, England 
53.
Orfeo ed Euridice: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762/1774; Vienna, Austria 
54.
Armide: Overture by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Richard Hickox
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Baroque Sinfonia
55.
Ezio: Sinfonia by Christoph W. Gluck
Conductor:  Alan Curtis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Il Complesso Barocco
56.
La finta giardiniera, K 196: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
57.
Idomeneo, K 366: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Munich, Germany 
58.
Die Zauberflöte, K 620: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; Vienna, Austria 
59.
Die Entführung aus dem Serail, K 384: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
60.
Der Schauspieldirektor, K 486: Overture by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
61.
Egmont, Op. 84: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Period: Classical 
Written: 1810; Vienna, Austria 
62.
Creatures of Prometheus, Op. 43: Overture by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800-1801; Vienna, Austria 
63.
Coriolan Overture in C minor, Op. 62 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Roger Norrington
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Classical Players
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807; Vienna, Austria 
64.
Linda di Chamounix: Overture by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Italy 
65.
Don Pasquale: Overture by Gaetano Donizetti
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1843; Italy 
66.
L'inganno felice: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Jerzy Maksymiuk
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polish Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1811-1812; Italy 
67.
La Cenerentola: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Written: 1817 
68.
Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
69.
La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
70.
La cambiale di matrimonio: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Sir Thomas Beecham
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1810; Italy 
71.
Le Comte Ory: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Vittorio Gui
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1828; Italy 
72.
La boutique fantasque: Overture by Ottorino Respighi
Conductor:  Sir Eugene Goossens
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
73.
Norma: Overture by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor:  Tullio Serafin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1931; Italy 
74.
I Capuleti e i Montecchi: Overture by Vincenzo Bellini
Conductor:  Riccardo Muti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Opera House Covent Garden Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
75.
Roméo et Juliette: Overture by Charles Gounod
Conductor:  Michel Plasson
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toulouse Capitole Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1867; France 
76.
Romeo and Juliet Overture by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869/1880; Russia 
77.
1812 Overture, Op. 49 by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Russia 
78.
Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66: no 1, Prologue - Introduction by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Conductor:  John Lanchbery
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888-1889; Russia 
79.
Festive Overture, Op. 96 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Conductor:  Andrew Litton
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1954; USSR 
80.
HMS Pinafore: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1878; England 
81.
Patience: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1881; England 
82.
Yeomen of the Guard: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Kenneth Alwyn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; England 
83.
Sorcerer: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877/1884; England 
84.
Princess Ida: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1884; England 
85.
Pirates of Penzance: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; England 
86.
Mikado: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1885; England 
87.
Iolanthe: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1882; England 
88.
Cox and Box: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; England 
89.
Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
Conductor:  Sir John Barbirolli
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1900-1901; England 
90.
The Arcadians: Overture by Lionel Monckton
Conductor:  Gilbert Vinter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gilbert Vinter Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909; England 
91.
The Desert Song: Overture by Sigmund Romberg
Conductor:  Michael Collins
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Michael Collins Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1926; USA 
92.
Show Boat: Overture by Jerome Kern
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; USA 
93.
Girl Crazy: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930; USA 
94.
Of Thee I Sing: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1931; USA 
95.
Annie Get Your Gun: Overture by Irving Berlin
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
96.
Anything Goes: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1934; USA 
97.
Can-can: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953; USA 
98.
Kiss Me, Kate: Overture by Cole Porter
Conductor:  John McGlinn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1948; USA 
99.
Wonderful Town: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  Simon Rattle
Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1952; USA 
100.
Candide: Overture by Leonard Bernstein
Conductor:  André Previn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1956; USA 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  6 Customer Reviews )
 Too Many Excerpts August 29, 2012 By W. Breitman (Sonoma, CA) See All My Reviews "A decent collection, but far too many excerpts. I expected full overtures and was thus disappointed." Report Abuse
 Great value but disappointing use of excerpts August 4, 2012 By J. Markley (Chapman, KS) See All My Reviews "Six disks for the price of one is a great value. The performances are fine. My biggest problem is the issue of excerpts (The Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture). Either include the entire piece or leave it out... or else advertise this as a "best of" collection." Report Abuse
 Great light music compilation August 1, 2012 By Harold C. (Arlington, VA) See All My Reviews "These selections from the EMI vaults are expertly mastered and great fun to hear. Five of the CDs are classical overtures and preludes, the sixth tends more toward stage musical productions, from Sullivan to Bernstein. This is a "must have" and a screaming bargain to boot!" Report Abuse
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