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Rossini: Complete Overtures Vol 1 / Benda, Prague Sinfonia

Rossini / Prague Philharmonic Choir / Benda
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570933   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague SinfoniaPrague Philharmonic Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Up to now, the standard collection of Rossini overtures has been Neville Marriner’s correct but somewhat flat-footed series on Philips. This new project promises to improve on that set considerably. Christian Benda’s Prague Sinfonia has all of the discipline of Marriner’s ensemble, but with an extra sprightliness and vivacity—bright piccolo and wind sonorities plus crisp percussion—that the earlier set doesn’t match. There’s more sheer fun in the music making on this new release, a quality that’s fully in evidence and properly exploited, even in Rossini’s most serious music (The Siege of Corinth, for example).

The selection of works is well chosen for maximum variety. Ermione, one of Rossini’s most remarkable and undervalued
Read more masterpieces, has an overture featuring choral interjections that are extremely arresting. The Sinfonia in D ‘al Conventello’ is an early work that predates Rossini’s operatic career, but reveals much of the composer to come. Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra uses the first version of what later became the overture to The Barber of Seville. The Siege of Corinth reveals the sophisticated composer of his last, Parisian period, although Rossini evidently borrowed some of this piece from his contemporary, Mayr.

The only possible criticism that I could level at these performances might be that in the more heavily scored works, such as La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie), the trombones could penetrate the texture with more sharpness; but this is a very small point in what otherwise is a wholly winning, very well engineered disc. I look forward eagerly to the rest of this cycle. It’s sounds like it may well become the series of choice.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Semiramide: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Italy 
2. Otello: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1816; Italy 
3. La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Italy 
4. L'assedio di Corinto: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1826; Italy 
5. Ermione: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 
6. Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1815; Italy 
7. Sinfonia al Conventello by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1806-07; Italy 
8. Ermione: Troia! qual fosti un di! by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Philharmonic Chorus,  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Italy 

Sound Samples

La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie): La gazza ladra: Overture
Semiramide: Overture
Elisabetta, regina d'Inghilterra: Act I: Sinfonia
Otello, ossia Il moro di Venezia: Act I: Sinfonia
Le siege de Corinthe: Overture
Sinfonia, "al Conventello"
Ermione: Act I: Sinfonia - Troia! qual fosti un di!

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 Upper! January 21, 2014 By David J. (Los Angeles, CA) See All My Reviews "Fun uplifting CD. If you love Rossini, these are it." Report Abuse
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