ROSSINI Complete Overtures Vol. 1 The Thieving Magpie, Semiramide, Otello. Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Sinfonia / Christian Benda. Naxos

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Rossini Complete Overtures Vol 1 Prague Sinfonia Christian Benda Naxos

GIOACHINO ROSSINI (1792-1868)

Complete Symphonic Overtures Vol. 1

La gazza ladra • Semiramide • Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra (Il barbiere di Siviglia) • Otello • Le siège de Corinthe • Sinfonia “al conventello” • Ermione *

Prague Philharmonic Choir *

Prague Sinfonia / Christian Benda

Rossini wrote some of music’s most masterful and lovable operas. 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.

Christian Benda is descended from a long line of musicians. First guest conductor of the Turin Philharmonic, he appears worldwide with orchestras including the Prague Symphony, Shanghai Philharmonic, Orchestra della Toscana, Polish National Opera, Budapest Concert Orchestra MÁV, Cyprus State, Moscow Virtuosi, Münster Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo, and Suisse Romande Orchestra, invited by festivals such as Schwetzingen, Echternach/Luxemburg, Cité de la musique Paris, Prague Spring,

George Enescu Bucharest, Hong Kong Arts, Klangbogen Wien, and the Menuhin Festival/Switzerland. Christian Benda is chief conductor and artistic director of the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra with which he has recorded numerous standard classical works, as well as Schubert’s and Rossini’s complete overtures. Singers such as Renée Fleming, Barbara Hendricks, Cheryl Studer, and Simon Estes have appeared under his baton. In collaboration with the Vienna State Opera he has devised a new introduction to opera for the general public and young people, High-Lights and Micro-Opera, based on Goethe’s colour theory, with the participation of narrator and dancers.

Naxos 8570933

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