Best Overtures 100

Release Date: 5/22/2012
Catalog Number: 5099932733327
Number of Discs: 6

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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.
Works on This Recording
1. Il barbiere di Siviglia: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1816 ; Italy
2. Tancredi: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1813 ; Italy
3. La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1812 ; Italy
4. L'italiana in Algeri: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Period: Romantic
Written: 1813 ; Italy
5. Il Signor Bruschino: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
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
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
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1909 ; Munich, Germany
13. I quattro rusteghi: Overture by Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari
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
Period: Romantic
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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Lyon Opera Orchestra
32. La vie parisienne: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Conductor: Louis Frémaux
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; Paris, France
33. Orphée aux enfers: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
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
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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Philharmonia Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1822-1823 ; Dresden, Germany
41. Die leichte Kavallerie: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; Vienna, Austria
42. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Period: Romantic
Written: 1844 ; Vienna, Austria
43. Dichter und Bauer: Overture by Franz von Suppé
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
Period: Classical
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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1823 ; Italy
69. La gazza ladra: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1817 ; Italy
70. La cambiale di matrimonio: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1918 ; Italy
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
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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1878 ; England
81. Patience: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
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
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1877/1884 ; England
84. Princess Ida: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1884 ; England
85. Pirates of Penzance: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1879 ; England
86. Mikado: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1885 ; England
87. Iolanthe: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1882 ; England
88. Cox and Box: Overture by Arthur Sullivan
Orchestra/Ensemble: Pro Arte Orchestra
Period: Romantic
Written: 1866 ; England
89. Cockaigne Overture, Op. 40 "In London Town" by Sir Edward Elgar
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
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1930 ; USA
94. Of Thee I Sing: Overture by George Gershwin
Conductor: John McGlinn
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
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
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