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Rossini: Overtures (Arturo Toscanini Collection, Vol. 47)

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Italian Girl In Algiers
  2. Il Signor Bruschino
  3. The Barber Of Seville
  4. Cinderella
  5. The Thieving Magpie
  6. The Siege Of Corinth
  7. Semiramide
  8. William Tell


Product Details

  • Orchestra: NBC Symphony
  • Composer: Gioacchino Rossini, Arturo Toscanini
  • Audio CD (March 10, 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000003EXJ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #354,966 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Jerome H. Rubin on February 5, 2013
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There are many recordings of Rossini overtures in the catalogue but over the years it would seem that Toscanini 'owned' them. The mono sound is irrelivent in these masterly performances. Toscanini loved them his entire musical life and these performances show it. Finding copies of this recording both mint and used can be difficult to locate, but the hunt will be well worth it. JHR
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Obviamente que no existen mejores versiones de las Overturas de Rossini que las interpretadas por el Maestro Arturo Toscanini. Solamente le pido que escuche la Overtura "Semiramide" y ver? que realmente este disco vale la pena.

The Maestro once more! The Best!
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Yes, Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957) brought out the best in the wonderful overtures Rossini wrote for his operas. They have seldom sounded more exciting and delightful than in the recordings he made with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. Many of these recordings were made in Carnegie Hall, including a number of sessions in 1945 that used RCA's innovative magnetic sound film system. They still have exceptionally good sound.

The overture to "The Italian Girl in Algiers" was taken from an NBC broadcast concert in 1950 in Carnegie Hall, presumably with the microphones set well back in the auditorium. So, amid numerous coughs and even slamming doors, one can hear a particularly lively performance of this music.

Toscanini fully appreciated the famous Rossini crescendo, which became a trademark of the Italian operatic composer. Franz Schubert was so captivated by Rossini's music that he wrote two overtures "in the Italian style."

Few conductors were able to have better results with perhaps Rossini's most famous overture, and the last he composed, the one for his 1829 finale "William Tell." Recorded in 1953, when television and radio audiences were accustomed to the finale to the overture, Toscanini managed to avoid any trivialities or comparisons with the theme associated with "Hi, ho, Silver!" This, and the 1952 broadcast version (also available on video from the NBC telecast), are top notch performances.

One can listen to the overtures and enjoy them independently of the wonderful operas which they introduce. These are particularly fine performances throughout.
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