Rossini : Opera Overtures

Rossini : Opera Overtures


Rossini : Overtures from "The thieving magpie", "The silken ladder", "The Barber of Seville", "Semiramide" and "William Tell"

Pierino Gamba, London Symphony Orchestra (1957)

Decca SXL 2266

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Gioachino Rossini (1792 - 1868)
Opera Overatures
1 - The Thieving Magpie
2 - The Silken Ladder
3 - The Barber of Seville
4 - Semiramide
5 - William Tell

Although Gioacchino Rossini wrote 39 operas, they are rarely heard today – with the exception of The Barber of Seville. Many of his overtures have, however, remained extremely popular. This record presents five of them which were composed between 1812 and 1829. Rossini’s orchestral works are famous for the magic of the almost inevitable “Rossini crescendo”. The composer is said to have been so disheartened by the failure of his last opera William Tell that he gave up composing, and took his talents into the kitchen. He was an excellent cook and one can well imagine how the rich melodic inspiration of his overtures was transferred to his menus.
Pierro Gamba’s masterly interpretations convey the structure of the compositions, while the London Symphony Orchestra certainly sets off the fireworks.

Recorded in May 1957 by Roy Wallace.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under