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Rossini Overtures

Rossini Overtures

5 Aug 2013
4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 5 Aug. 2013
  • Release Date: 5 Aug. 2013
  • Label: Radio Tower Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2013 Radio Tower Records
  • Total Length: 42:48
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  • ASIN: B00EHKSJ3E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,011 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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Like all compilation CDs this one is great if it suits your needs. Rossini's music is light enough to listen to in a casual surrounding and his overtures have all the melodies that aficionados recognize and, presumably, love. To me it is a perfect choice for the car or as background whilst doing domestic chores. For these circumstances it cannot be bettered.

This compilation is presented simply and played in an uncomplicated style and has all the tunes that we know.

Only slightly odd feature is the apparently random decision to list some operas by their original titles and some by their English names on the sleeve notes: clearly not actually any sort of problem but just an observation.
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These are splendid performances and the disc was dirt cheap (though I see the price has gone up since I purchased it) but, in this case, you really do get what you pay for. The transfer is in stereo but so muffled that in order to make it sound remotely like an orchestra I had to resort to using a graphic equaliser, not something I would expect to do with a commercial recording of this age. At the end of the process you could hear why the sound had been damped down because the disc used for the transfer clearly suffered from a fair amount of surface noise and at one point the music skips on as the LP mistracks. Save your money and buy one of the RCA issues.
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While searching for a used CD Reiner/ Rossini overtures/ for a very young family member who wanted a back-up of the Reiner overtures he already has - I stumbled on this edition sold as 'new' for few cents...
Upon receiving the CD my enthusiasm was tamed severely because the item is a 'MCPS' label (not RCA - while the originals are all RCA(s) editions).

Firstly: the playing order of the overtures is a mixed order where in the original RCA the Wilhelm-Tell is the last one, here on this compilation it is the first band, that by itself sounds suspicious; something here is not 'Kosher'...And,
When it came to the crescendos the dynamics are so tamed and compressed that it is impossible to farther trust this mastering and go any farther into the listening.

It is very obvious that it was copied of analogue playback of an LP:
Clicks are audible and a certain Out-Of- Phase vinyl-rush is audible too (on the best RCA original CD - recommended is the following : ASIN: B00071NY40.
And while the the old analogue master-tape hiss is audible on the best CD transfer, it comes along with many depth-stage and sound-stage details and true explosive dynamics which brings the listener closer to the actual 60 years ago event...!!!).

Clearly this one at hand, is a cheap and bad counterfeit.
Anyone should avoid this and not be tempted by the low asking price of the few cents.

I have contacted the seller and put the facts in front of him - I asked for a full refund on grounds that this is a rip-off CD which he 'promoted' by offering it for sale.
The seller took to heart the concerns and with-out farther ado fully refund the order.
I would advise anyone who bought this criminally produce item to do the same.
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By Dr R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Sept. 2014
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This CD contains six familiar Rossini overtures - The Thieving Magpie, The Silken Ladder, Sémiramide, The Barber of Seville [written for a completely different opera and then inserted in front of the rapidly-written opera], The Italian Girl in Algiers and William Tell, recorded in 1971 at the Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Herbert von Karajan. As is to be expected, these are thoroughbred performances.

The digital remastering has produced very clear and crisp sound. The performance time is only 56.10, which does not represent particular value for money. Even if only the most popular overtures are considered, that would still offer an opportunity to have added a couple out of Cinderella, Signor Bruschino or The Turk in Italy.

This is a musical journey in a very efficient, perfectly engineered machine that is most effective in the William Tell overture, which always seems to me rather like a tone poem. Karajan judges the changes of pace and contrasts the lyrical introduction with its cellos, the violence of the storm, the pastoral mountain scene with its lilting cor anglais and flute, and the brass-led finale. The latter comes across as even more exhilarating than usual.

However, elsewhere I find Karajan creating too much energy and brilliance instead of letting Rossini’s score speak for itself. The spontaneity that is so characteristic of Rossini’s opera music is overlaid with rather too much Austro-German precision. However, Rossini’s music is never less than inspired.

The brief but informative illustrative text, by Harvey Sachs, addresses 1. The Composer, 2. The Works and their First Performances, 3. The Historical Background, 4. The Cultural Scene and 5. This Recording’s Conductor.
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Guilini and the Philharmonia... what more could you want. The performances are very exciting and the playing is impeccable. The brilliance in this recording is just what Rossini needs. You'll be blown away by the William Tell!
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