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Stephen Francis Vasta
MusicWeb International, March 2018

The Prague Sinfonia’s chamber-sized string sections make for generally clear textures, within which the winds maintain an active presence: contrasts between winds and pizzicato strings in L’Italiana and La cambiale di matrimonio are fetching.

The sound is excellent—though the percussion in the final chords of L’Italiana is needlessly explosive—making this recommendable to those who, like me, prefer already-‘curated’ sequences to laboriously assembled playlists. © 2018 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Donald R Vroon
American Record Guide, May 2014

…the playing is stunning, and the conductor falls into none of the usual traps. Nothing is too fast or too bombastic. The sound is excellent. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, May 2014

It will definitely be interesting to follow Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra in this series to see where they go next and where they eventually end up. Meanwhile, the performances on the present volume continue to uphold the high standards of execution and spirited enthusiasm of the previous volumes. Strongly recommended. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Brian Wigman
Classical Net, March 2014

…there’s nothing here that isn’t charming, gorgeously played, and wonderfully recorded.

Balances are very natural, and articulation is crisp and clean.

I can’t think of a better way to spend an hour musically, and nothing here is anything less than excellent. At the Naxos price, it’s very much worth it…Enjoy! © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review

John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, February 2014

In earlier reviews I referred to the first volume in this collection of Rossini’s Overtures as being “an admirable start to what looks like being a very desirable series” and the second as being “another excellent disc”. Now, and with still more to come, 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.

…here the various changes of texture, character and dynamic are placed with deftness.

This is a further excellent addition to an immensely enjoyable series. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Colin Anderson
International Record Review, January 2014

The performances are sympathetic and nimble, if not quite in the highest league…a recommendation…cannot be denied. © 2014 International Record Review

David Hurwitz, December 2013

This series continues with an appealing mix of familiar and unfamiliar works, all of which are well worth getting to know. The overtures to La Cenerentola, L’Italiana in Algeri, and Tancredi are deservedly popular, while those to Maometto II, Matilde di Shabran, and La cambiale di matrimonio have plenty of interesting and enjoyable music that should endear them to music lovers.

As in previous issues in this series, the performances are very good. The overture to L’Italiana offers a good place to start, with its impressively unified ensemble and athletic dialogue between sections. Rhythms are consistently crisp and clean, tempos lively, and the balances favor those delightful Czech woodwinds. If you’ve been collecting this series, don’t hesitate for a moment before getting this latest release. © 2013 Read complete review, December 2013

…all these works are well-made, well-orchestrated, tuneful and attractive in instrumentation, and all are done to a turn by Benda and the Prague players. This ongoing series is a continual delight. © 2013 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, November 2013

Rossini went from one success to the next as he totally dominated opera houses during the middle part of the 19th century, burning himself out at the age of 37. By then he had composed thirty-nine scores, many still in today’s main repertoire, a renewal of his lesser known ones becoming increasingly prevalent…his overtures have become popular ‘curtain-raisers’ to symphony concerts, This, the third volume in the complete recording of his overtures, includes three repertoire operas, the remainder coming from ‘long-forgotten’ works. There are plenty of the famous Rossini crescendos perfectly graded by Christian Benda, his tempos having a nice degree of urgency, his account of the overture to my favourite Rossini opera buffo, La cambiale di matrimonio, bubbling with fun, his Prague Sinfonia Orchestra responding with suitably spirited playing. These are elegant, well-groomed and beautiful performances…Nicely balanced sound with good inner detail. © 2013 David’s Review Corner

Michael Tumelty
Sunday Herald, October 2013

Absolutely sparkling. © Sunday Herald

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