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38. Rossini: Overtures

The Italian composer Rossini, brought up to the theatre, wrote his first stage-work as a schoolboy and pursued a remarkably successful and busy career principally in the seocnd decade of the 19th century. By 1830 he had virtually retired from the theatre, but his reputation and popularity continued, both in Paris, where he had settled before his final opera, William Tell, and in his native country. The Overtures to Rossini's operas are always lively and dramatic, with William Tell all too well known to addicts of the silent film, for which it could serve as "rescue music", as the hero gallops to save the heroine in the nick of time.

Recommended recording
Rossini: Overtures, played by the Zagreb Festival Orchestra under Michael Halász. Naxos 8.550236


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