Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda (conductor)
Rossini wrote masterful and lovable operas, and his gift for comic and tragic forms was matched by a relish for characterisation, 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 Otello he reveals his more complex turns of phrase and in Le Siege de Corinthe the writing is dramatic and colourful. The overture for Elisabetta Regina d'Inghilterra was used again a year later by Rossini for Il Barbiere di Siviglia. This is the first of four discs of the complete Rossini Overtures.
Rossini Overtures - La Gazza Ladra, Semiramide, Otello, Le Siege de Corinthe (The Siege of Corinth), Elisabetta Regina d'Inghilterra/Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Elizabeth Queen of England/The Barber of Seville), Sinfonia in D major 'al Conventello', Ermione
'The smaller forces of the Prague Sinfonia help to produce more lucid sonics than we might get from an ensemble twice its size, and the Naxos engineers do their part to ensure a wide stereo spread and a decent sense of depth and air.' (Classical Candor)
'sprightliness and vivacity - bright piccolo and wind sonorities plus crisp percussion...sheer fun in the music making' (Classics Today)