Prague Sinfonia Orchestra, Christian Benda (conductor)
Gioachino Rossini's ceaseless wit and invention are best exemplified in his series of operas. His colourful orchestration and command of both comic and tragic elements can be savoured in this second of four volumes on CD of the complete symphonic overtures. Guillaume Tell, with its overture in four movements, includes a scene for five solo cellos. La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder), one of his most popular pieces, opens with an overture of charm and elan. Volume 1 (8570933) was described by MusicWeb International as 'an admirable start to what looks like being a very desirable series'.
Rossini Overtures to Guillaume Tell, Eduardo e Cristina, L'inganno felice, La scala di seta, Demetrio e Polibio, Il Signor Bruschino, Sinfonia di Bologna, Sigismondo
Running Time: 58 min
Rossini Complete Overtures Vol 1 CD (8570933), Rossini Complete Overtures Vol 1 Blu-Ray Audio (NBD0028)