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Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia, transcription for Winds / Ensemble Italiano di Fiati; Pollastri

Notes & Reviews:

The second half of the 18th c. and beyond witnessed the widespread popularity in Germanic and Hapsburg regions of a particular type of wind ensemble of varying forces known as Harmonie. The repertoire consisted of divertissements, cassations, serenades and nocturnes, performed for the most part outdoors, as well as "dining music" played at important banquets, and Harmoniemusik heard at parties and ceremonies. Original pieces were performed together with transcriptions of celebrated works, such as this adaptation by Wenzel Sedlak of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia.

American Record Guide, January/February 2015
This setting of Rossini's Barbiere is by Wenzel Sedlak (1776-1851), who was one of the era's go-to arrangers. People familiar with great harmonie works like Mozart's Gran Partita will know how this sounds. The players are both terrific soloists and a cohesive unit. Your favorite arias sound great, especially 'Largo al factotum' with its eye-popping bassoon solo.


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