Weber C.M. Von: Overtures (Dr
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Rossini's Overtures are absolute jewels of the Classical period. He used them as his musical "calling cards," and with the exception of William Tell, there's absolutely no relationship between the overture and opera it introduces. The famous Barber of Seville overture, for example, was used previously for two tragic operas, including one called Elizabeth, Queen of England! All they were supposed to do was entertain the audience and let them know that the real business was about to begin. And that's just what they've been doing ever since. This comprehensive collection, at two discs for the price of one, will keep you in Rossini for a good, long time. --David Hurwitz --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Chailly and the orchestra are very correct, and the result is a good sound under Rossinian's style. You can get it with pleasure.
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The performances on these two discs are taken about as fast as can be done with absolute precision and clarity on modern lower brass with their wider bores. Only period brass can go faster with precision because of their smaller bores which enable both greater flexibility and rapid response to tonguing (a smaller column of air to move!)
Apart from that consideration, Chailly clearly encourages and enables his orchestra to play with style, some swagger and evident enjoyment. This is an achievement with such often-played repertoire. Too often discs of Rossini overtures became mere technical displays of fast playing. Beecham, many years ago, knew how to obtain musical rewards from these pieces and that awareness has been largely grasped by the period instrument productions. It is therefore a pleasure to report that Chailly's 'traditional' set here is of the same awareness.
In conclusion I would suggest that this set deserves to be given serious consideration by anyone interested in 'traditional' big band Rossini playing done very well and well recorded. I would also suggest supplementing this with one of the period orchestra versions too - but that is a different story!
They are beautifully played and very idiomatic. I enjoyed a lot Chailly's careful
detail in every overture, giving them their own personality without loss of Rossinian
language. Perhaps we will still find a better Guillaume Tell overture through Bernstein's
legendary CBS recording, but Chailly is also very compelling in this orchestral wonder.
For the whole compilation, this is your choice.