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Rossini: Overtures [Box set]

Michael Halász Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0000013N3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,136 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie): Overture +: La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie): Overture10:10Album Only
Listen  2. Il barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville): Overture 7:45£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. La Cenerentola (Cinderella): La cenerentola (Cinderella): Overture 8:33Album Only
Listen  4. Semiramide: Overture12:59Album Only
Listen  5. La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder): Overture 6:27£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. L'Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers): L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers): Overture 8:06£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Il Signor Bruschino: Il Signor Bruschino: Overture 4:51£0.69  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Guillaume Tell (William Tell) : Guillaume Tell (William Tell): Overture12:08Album Only


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rossini from Slovenia! 25 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Time was when you might be excused for giving a pretty wide berth to Eastern European orchestral performances; these days some of them are up there with the best, and this is one case in point (or actually 8 cases in point).
Both the recording and the orchestral playing are beyond reproach. I have just a couple of minor issues with this conductor's orchestral balance at times: the first violin melody line for example is sometimes submerged by the combined output of the other sections - interesting to hear Rossini's meticulous scoring, even so.
I also happen to like a quite resonant acoustic over some of the dry, close-miked ones in studio recordings, and here the Zagreb concert hall excels, without losing the plot acoustically.
I think this will prove to be my only CD of these works: it really is that good!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable disc, but Dutoit on Decca is even better 12 Feb 2005
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Taken by itself, this is an enjoyable disc with quite a natural acoustic and an orchestra which, although apparently not even sure what name to assume [the CD liner notes call it the Zagreb Philharmonic, the cover says Zagreb Festival Orchestra], was obviously inspired by Michael Halász to an enthusiastic performance of these Rossini evergreens (including, of course, the “William Tell” overture with its wonderful conclusion – remembered by us of the “war baby” generation as the theme music to the “Lone Ranger”!). The recording was made in January 1989, and although I have never come across any other recordings from the former Yugoslavia (Zagreb is now the capital city of Croatia), this seems to be perfectly adequate. So why did I say, “taken by itself”? Well, the CD market is changing rapidly, and a while back I found exactly the same repertoire on a Surround-optimized CD from Decca at budget-price. And as one might expect, the sound of the 1991 Decca recording is superior in many ways. It may not be quite so “natural” as the Zagreb offering, but you get to hear all the detail in astounding clarity, and the playing of the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal under the baton of Charles Dutoit is, to be honest, a cut above that of the Croatians, however likeable the Naxos disc may be. – Rossini’s music, by the way, has always been extremely popular, but it was also criticized harshly by some of his fellow-composers (such as Berlioz) for being too facile, a point which one can understand: There is felicitous melody here, mixed with some wonderful mood-catching, but the whole seems to be directed purely towards “effect” – there is no comparison to Beethoven, for example (unless you happen to be thinking of “Wellington’s Victory”!). My recommendation to newcomers would be to go for the Dutoit if it is available; if not, the Halász should be enough to keep most listeners happy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 4 Aug 2000
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Rossini's great overatures! 70 minutes of music. Excellent quality recording. You'll be humming these tunes for days after listening.
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