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>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Rossini, Gioachino : La scala di seta
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il Signor Bruschino
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi
>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture to L'italiana in Algeri
>     [Excerpt]
>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture to Guillaume Tell
>     [Excerpt]
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Overture
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>     Prelude
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>     Introduction
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il segreto di Susanna
>     Overture
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I quattro rusteghi
>     Prelude
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>     Ruslan and Ludmilla, G. xivov
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>     Miniature Overture
>Smetana, Bedrich : Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Donna Diana, overture to the opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>     Overture
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>     Overture
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>     Overture
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>     Prelude
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
>     Overture [Excerpt]
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Prelude
>Thomas, Ambroise : Overture to "Mignon"
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>     Introduction
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : L'Etoile
>     Overture
>Offenbach, Jacques : La Vie parisienne
>     Overture
>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphee aux enfers
>     Overture [Excerpt]
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hansel und Gretel, overture to the opera
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>     Overture
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>     Overture
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Overture
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Overture to Der Freischutz
>     [Excerpt]
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>     Overture [Excerpt]
>Suppe, Franz v. : Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
>Suppe, Franz v. : Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien (Morning Noon and Night in Vienna), overture from the inci
>Suppe, Franz v. : Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), overture to the operetta
>Nicolai, Otto [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
>     Overture [Excerpt]
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Overture to Die Fledermaus Overture
>     [Excerpt]
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron
>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>     Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>     Prelude to Act 3 (The Ride of the Valkyries)
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Prelude to Act 3
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Prelude

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Rossini, Gioachino : La scala di seta
>Rossini, Gioachino : Il Signor Bruschino
>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi
>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture to L'italiana in Algeri
>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture to Guillaume Tell
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Cosi fan tutte, K 588
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera
>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il segreto di Susanna
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I quattro rusteghi
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker
>Smetana, Bedrich : Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Donna Diana, overture to the opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera
>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto
>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Thomas, Ambroise : Overture to "Mignon"
>Gounod, Charles : Faust
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : L'Etoile
>Offenbach, Jacques : La Vie parisienne
>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphee aux enfers
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hansel und Gretel, overture to the opera
>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas
>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Overture to Der Freischutz
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe
>Suppe, Franz v. : Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
>Suppe, Franz v. : Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien (Morning Noon and Night in Vienna), overture from the inci
>Suppe, Franz v. : Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), overture to the operetta
>Nicolai, Otto [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Overture to Die Fledermaus Overture
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron
>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman
>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
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Works Details

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
  • Conductor: Carlo Giulini
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1816

>Rossini, Gioachino : La scala di seta
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1812

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il Signor Bruschino
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Tancredi
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture to L'italiana in Algeri :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1813.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1813

>Rossini, Gioachino : Overture to Guillaume Tell :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Lamberto Gardelli
  • Running Time: 6 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1829

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Overture
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Così fan tutte, K 588 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1790

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Overture
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Donizetti, Gaetano : L' elisir d'amore, opera :: Prelude
  • Conductor: France Molinari-Pradelli
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Bellini, Vincenzo : I Puritani, opera :: Introduction
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1835

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il segreto di Susanna :: Overture
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/04/1909

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : I quattro rusteghi :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 03/19/1906

>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila :: Ruslan and Ludmilla, G. xivov
  • Conductor: Artur Rodzinski
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1837-1842

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : The Nutcracker :: Miniature Overture
  • Conductor: John Lanchbery
  • Running Time: 3 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1892

>Smetana, Bedrich : Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 6 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Reznicek, Emil Nikolaus von : Donna Diana, overture to the opera
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 4 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Overture
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Luisa Miller :: Overture
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 5 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Nabucco :: Overture
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1842

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Un ballo in maschera :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1859

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Macbeth :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1847.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1847

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La traviata :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Notes: Composition written: 1853.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1853

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Ernani :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1844
  • Studio/Live: Live

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Aida, opera :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Tullio Serafin
  • Notes: Composition written: 1871.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1871

>Verdi, Giuseppe : Rigoletto :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Julius Rudel
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Verdi, Giuseppe : I vespri siciliani :: Overture [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1855

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 2 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Thomas, Ambroise : Overture to "Mignon"
  • Conductor: Berislav Klobucar
  • Running Time: 4 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Faust :: Introduction
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1859

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : L'Étoile :: Overture
  • Conductor: John Gardiner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

>Offenbach, Jacques : La Vie parisienne :: Overture
  • Conductor: Louis Frémaux
  • Running Time: 4 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: circa 1866-1873

>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphée aux enfers :: Overture [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel, overture to the opera
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Purcell, Henry : Dido and Aeneas :: Overture
  • Conductor: Emmanuelle Haïm
  • Running Time: 2 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1689

>Handel, George Frideric : Alcina :: Overture
  • Conductor: Richard Hickox
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1735

>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio :: Overture
  • Conductor: David Willcocks
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1741

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Fidelio, overture, Op. 72c
  • Conductor: Simon Rattle
  • Running Time: 6 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1814

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Overture to Der Freischütz :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 4 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Euryanthe :: Overture [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Running Time: 3 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1822-1823

>Franz von Suppé (Composer/Conductor) (1819 - 1895) : Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Franz von Suppé (Composer/Conductor) (1819 - 1895) : Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien (Morning Noon and Night in Vienna), overture from the inci
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1844

>Franz von Suppé (Composer/Conductor) (1819 - 1895) : Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), overture to the operetta
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1846

>Nicolai, Otto [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor :: Overture [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Notes: Composition written: 1849.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1849

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Overture to Die Fledermaus Overture :: [Excerpt]
  • Conductor: Vilem Tausky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Der Zigeunerbaron
  • Conductor: Vilem Tausky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1885.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Wagner, Richard : The Flying Dutchman :: Overture
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1841

>Wagner, Richard : Die Walküre :: Prelude to Act 3 (The Ride of the Valkyries)
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 4 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1854-1856

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Prelude to Act 3
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg :: Prelude
  • Conductor: Adrian Boult
  • Running Time: 10 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1862-1867