Volume 3 of the complete Rossini symphonic overtures continues the pattern of placing rarities such as the lively student work, Grand'overtura 'obbligata a contrabasso'
, and Matilde of Shabran
, set in medieval Spain, alongside perennial hits such as The Italian Girl in Algiers
and La Cenerentola
(Cinderella), said to have been written in just three weeks. International Record Review
described Volume 2 (8.570934) of this series as having 'excellent performances'. Christian Benda
is descended from a long line of musicians. He is chief conductor and artistic director of the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra
with which he has recorded numerous standard classical works, as well as the complete overtures of Schubert [Naxos 8.570328-29] and Rossini.
'As it reaches Volume 3, the brilliant Naxos series of complete Rossini Overtures, is increasingly acclaimed and seems now unstoppable in its march towards being not only the finest collection of Rossini overtures available, but actually indispensable to those who love this exhilarating music...Absolutely sparkling.' --Sunday Herald, 13/10/2013
'I am wondering what else I can say about what is turning out to be one of the most enjoyable series Naxos has produced. Certainly this third disc is at least as good as its predecessors in terms of performance and recording. In terms of the interest and originality of its content it is probably the best so far.' --MusicWeb International