Rossini: Complete Overtures, Vol. 1 - Thieving Magpie; Semiramide; Otello / Christian Benda

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

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : La gazza ladra
>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide
>Rossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra
>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello
>Rossini, Gioachino : Le siege de Corinthe
>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture al conventello, for orchestra in D major
>Rossini, Gioachino : Ermione
Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Rossini wrote some of music's most masterful and lovable ones. His gift for comic and tragic forms was matched by a relish for characterization, qualities that are always evident in his overtures. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is perhaps the most famous, one of the world's most popular concert openers. But in Othello he reveals his more complex turns of phrase and in Le Seige de Corinthe this writing is dramatic and colorful. The overture for Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra was used again a year later by Rossini for II barbiere di Siviglia. This is the fact if four discs of the complete Rossini Overtures. Christian Benda has descended from a long line of musicians. He is chief conductor and artistic director of the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra with which he has recorded numerous standard classical works, as well as Schubert's and Rossini's complete overtures.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
I'm looking forward to a winner-take-all showdown with Marriner once we get to the real rarities like Ricciardo e Zoraide, Bianca e Faliero, and Demetrio e Polibio. Certainly if all you know is the handful of Rossini overtures recorded by Reiner or Toscanini, you have much to look forward to. Given three more installments as good as this one, this could be a significant addition to the catalog.

WETA
... the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra is joined by the Prague Philharmonic Choir on this recording, and they are conducted by Christian Benda, who brings out a lively freshness from the musicians in these performances.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011).



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>Rossini, Gioachino : La gazza ladra :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Ensemble: Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1817

>Rossini, Gioachino : Semiramide :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1823

>Rossini, Gioachino : Elisabetta, Regina d'Inghilterra :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1815

>Rossini, Gioachino : Otello :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : Le siège de Corinthe :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1826

>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture al conventello, for orchestra in D major
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1806

>Rossini, Gioachino : Ermione :: Overture
  • Conductor: Christian Benda
  • Notes: Kulturní Dum Barikádnídu, Prague, Czech Republic (09/05/2011-09/06/2011)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1819