This Week's Free Classical Music Download
Rossini's gift for comic and tragic forms was matched by an equal appreciation for characterization, qualities that are always evident in his overtures. La gazza ladra (The Thieving Magpie) is perhaps the most famous, but in Otello he reveals his more complex turns of phrase. The overture for Elisabetta, Regina d’Inghilterra was used again a year later by Rossini for Il barbiere di Siviglia. These recordings feature the Prague Philharmonic Choir and Prague Sinfonia Orchestra conducted by Christian Benda. This is the first of four discs of the complete Rossini Overtures.
Naxos Classics is offering the track "Sinfonia in D - Al Conventello" from Rossini: Complete Overtures V1 for SFCV readers to download and enjoy.
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