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Gioachino Rossini


  • La cambiale di matrimonio
  • L'inganno felice
  • La Scala di seta
  • Il Signor Bruschino
  • L'Italiana in Algeri
  • La Cenerentola
  • Il Barbiere di Siviglia
  • La gazza ladra
  • Il Viaggio a Reims
  • Guillaume Tell
Various orchestras/Thomas Beecham, Jerzy Maksymiuk,
Alceo Galliera, Colin Davis, Tullo Serafin & Sir Malcolm Sargent
EMI CDE 7 67786 2 ADD/DDD 75:44
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This bonanza of overtures is newly available under the "Encore" rubric, a collection of remastered "quality" recordings from EMI's vaults. In lieu of program notes, the CD insert lists the complete offerings of this budget series - I count thirty-five. Most of the artists are fairly impressive. Buying on reputation alone, one could hardly miss.

The performances here are wholly entertaining. Most of the recordings date from the early Sixties; the sessions with the Vienna Philharmonic under Sargent seem the best preserved of the oldies. Beecham's "La gazza ladra" with the Royal Philharmonic crackles with wit. The other collaborations also exude high spirits. At a super budget price-point, this a ridiculously good buy.

Copyright © 1998, Robert J. Sullivan