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Essential Overtures - Over 2 hours of thrilling overtures (overture highlights only)

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>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Rossini, Gioachino : La scala di seta
>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>     Overture
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>     Overture
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>     Overture
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>     Overture
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>     Overture
>Smetana, Bedrich : Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il segreto di Susanna
>     Overture
>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphee aux enfers
>     Overture
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84
>     Overture
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz, J 277
>Suppe, Franz v. : Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
>Nicolai, Otto [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
>     Overture
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>     Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>     Act 3. Overture
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>     Overture
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hansel und Gretel, overture to the opera
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>     Overture
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty
>     Overture
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture
>     Conclusion

Album Summary

>Rossini, Gioachino : Il barbiere di Siviglia
>Rossini, Gioachino : La scala di seta
>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620
>Handel, George Frideric : Messiah, HWV 56, Oratorio
>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice
>Glinka, Mikhail : Ruslan and Lyudmila
>Smetana, Bedrich : Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il segreto di Susanna
>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphee aux enfers
>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84
>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischutz, J 277
>Suppe, Franz v. : Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
>Nicolai, Otto [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor
>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino
>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin
>Wagner, Richard : Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hansel und Gretel, overture to the opera
>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera
>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty
>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture
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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. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1812

>Rossini, Gioachino : Guillaume Tell :: Overture
  • 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. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Overture
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), K. 620 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Running Time: 7 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1791

>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

>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Orfeo ed Euridice :: Overture
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta

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

>Smetana, Bedrich : Bartered Bride, B 143/T 93
  • Conductor: Rudolf Kempe
  • Running Time: 6 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1863-1870

>Strauss II (Junior), Johann : Die Fledermaus
  • Conductor: Vilem Tausky
  • Notes: Composition written: 1874.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1874

>Wolf-Ferrari, Ermanno : Il segreto di Susanna :: Overture
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 2 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 12/04/1909

>Offenbach, Jacques : Orphée aux enfers :: Overture
  • Conductor: Herbert Karajan
  • Running Time: 9 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1858

>Beethoven, Ludwig van : Egmont, Op. 84 :: Overture
  • Conductor: Roger Norrington
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1809-1810

>Weber, Carl Maria von : Der Freischütz, J 277
  • Conductor: Joseph Keilberth
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1817-1821

>Franz von Suppé (Composer/Conductor) (1819 - 1895) : Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry), overture to the operetta
  • Conductor: Sir Marriner
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Nicolai, Otto [Composer] : Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor :: Overture
  • Conductor: Robert Heger
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Verdi, Giuseppe : La forza del destino :: Overture
  • Conductor: Riccardo Muti
  • Running Time: 7 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1862

>Wagner, Richard : Lohengrin :: Act 3. Overture
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1848

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

>Humperdinck, Engelbert : Hänsel und Gretel, overture to the opera
  • Conductor: Jeffrey Tate
  • Running Time: 8 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Shostakovich, Dmitri : Festive Overture, Op. 96
  • Conductor: Andrew Litton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1954.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1954

>Bizet, Georges : Carmen, opera :: Overture
  • Conductor: Georges Prêtre
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1873-1874

>Bernstein, Leonard : Candide
  • Conductor: Andre Previn
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : Sleeping Beauty :: Overture
  • Conductor: John Lanchbery
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1888-1889

>Tchaikovsky, Peter Ilyich : 1812 Overture :: Conclusion
  • Conductor: Mariss Jansons
  • Running Time: 6 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1880