Soundbite 60: A sixty-word précis-review of the latest CD releases

Overtures and Preludes to operas by Bellini, Donizetti, Rossini & Verdi – including Aida, Don Pasquale, La traviata, Nabucco, Norma & The Force of Destiny
Orchestra of La Scala Milan
Philharmonia Orchestra
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Tulio Serafin

Recorded 1959-1961
Duration: 72 minutes
Reviewed: August 2007
Serafin (1878-1968), a seasoned exponent of Italian opera, learnt his craft as a violist in the La Scala Orchestra and went on to restore faith in bel canto repertoire, promote Maria Callas, and here reveals all the musical glory, whether drama or comedy, of these favourite curtain-raisers. No histrionics, just sound musical values at the service of charms and thrills.


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