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Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, July 2014

The performances are lively and energetic…Benda knows how to build a Rossini crescendo elegantly, without hitting the top too soon, and he gives the fast passages drive without becoming frenzied.

The recorded sound is a little bass-heavy, which gives nice heft to the sound… © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Brian Wigman
Classical Net, May 2014

I have been reviewing these pieces a lot lately, and the reasons aren’t difficult to understand. They are a delight. This fourth volume completes the uniformly excellent Rossini series under Christian Benda and the Prague Sinfonia Orchestra. This also makes it…the reference edition for the composer’s complete overture output.

As with the other three installments, this fourth disc intelligently mixes favorites of long-standing with appealing rarities. And also like the previous offerings, there is some really great playing to be had here. The Prague Sinfonia Orchestra plays with tremendous character and clarity, making these works something worth listening to anew. The winds and percussion remain noteworthy, the smaller string section continues to be at once incisive and exciting, and the brass retain a somewhat watery quality that I happen to like a lot. Christian Benda has clearly put a lot of thought into these scores, and managed to maintain a level of quality that is impressive.

The more famous overtures are played with a joyous relish that many a big name orchestra has lacked, while all the rarer works are given the same amount of care and attention to detail as their more illustrious disc-mates…these warmly played, lovingly conducted albums simply offer more music in better sound. This is the set of choice. Grab it now. © 2014 Classical Net Read complete review



John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, April 2014

I have been enjoying this series of Rossini’s Overtures from the first Volume.

Pleasure is…the right word to describe listening to the whole of the present disc. To my surprise…with this Volume as with its predecessors it was possible to listen to the whole disc without any feeling of monotony.

This is no doubt due not only to the quality of Rossini’s invention but also to the quality of the performances—alert and spontaneous sounding, and recorded in a very suitable acoustic. If you have been collecting the earlier volumes you will probably simply buy this without waiting for reviews. If you have not this would be a good one to start with, and I would be surprised if you did not follow it with more. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



John J. Puccio
Classical Candor, April 2014

…Benda gives us a couple of well-known pieces and fills out the rest of the program with lesser-known items. And…he does them up splendidly.

…Benda’s performances stand up to the best, and the Naxos sound and price are right.

The Prague Sinfonia Orchestra…sound both rich and crisp in their presentation. They seem an ideal ensemble for the likes of Rossini and his music.

The sound is very clean…The miking is fairly close, revealing a modest degree of inner detail and reproducing a healthy dynamic range and impact. Bass and treble extension are pretty good as well, making this another deserving sonic entry in Benda’s Rossini series.

…it’s a worthy set. © 2014 Classical Candor Read complete review




WQXR (New York), March 2014

Last June we introduced you to Vol. 2 of the Prague Sinfonia’s four-CD series of Rossini’s complete overtures. Now comes the finale, and it’s packed with some of the composer’s less familiar opera openers. Included are rarities like the overtures to Bianca e Falliero, Armida, Torvaldo e Dorliska and Ricciardo e Zoraide, all of which typify the composer’s wit and charm. But not all is obscure here: the album opens with the beloved Overture to the Barber of Seville. © 2014 WQXR (New York)



Infodad.com, March 2014

As this very fine series has shown since its first volume, there is a great deal of variety as well as a great deal of pleasure in Rossini’s overtures, whether frequently performed or not. © 2014 Infodad.com Read complete review




David Hurwitz
ClassicsToday.com, February 2014

The performances, as with the other volumes in this series, are crisp, fleet, and shapely, with excellent solo winds nicely balanced against well-coordinated strings. Conductor Christian Benda also takes care to handle the percussion with good taste and common sense.

If you’re looking for the complete Rossini overtures, the only other option you have is Marriner’s set on Philips. These performances, on the whole, have just that much more more character and sparkle. They deserve your consideration. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, February 2014

We have come to the fourth and final volume in the complete recording of Rossini’s overtures, some of his most popular saved to bring it to a vivacious conclusion. I guess the Prague Sinfonia is of a size that would have filled the orchestra pit in the composer’s day, and avoids the overweight versions we hear on many highly regarded recordings. The tempos of Christian Benda are always brisk without being hurried, another bonus when compared with the jet-set conductors on disc. Maybe some of the dynamics will take you by surprise, but check them out and you will find Benda has been scrupulously accurate. From beginning to end this has been a most enjoyable series, and I commend them all to you. Very well recorded… © 2014 David’s Review Corner



Classic FM, January 2014

The Prague Sinfonia Orchestra are on a mission to record all of Rossini’s overtures and in this, the fourth album in the cycle, their pattern continues of placing lesser-known overtures—including the toe-tapping Armida—alongside perennial favourites such as The Barber of Seville.

The orchestra under Christian Benda fizzes along, drawing out from these timeless works all of Rossini’s verve, style and intensity. © 2014 Classic FM





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