Favourite Overtures

Soundbite 60

Here we write a short précis of a CD or DVD giving you a concise summary in a sixty-word soundbite

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Beethoven
The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43 – Overture
Berlioz
Roman Carnival, Op.9
Brahms
Academic Festival Orchestra, Op.80
Gershwin
Cuban Overture
Glinka
Ruslan and Ludmilla – Overture
Rimsky-Korsakov
Russian Easter Festival Overture, Op.36
Rossini
The Thieving Magpie – Overture
Verdi
The Force of Destiny – Overture

Reviewed by: Colin Anderson

Reviewed: January 2007
CD No: DECCA ELOQUENCE 460 506-2
Duration: 75 minutes

A superbly played and recorded collection, Maazel ensuring that these performances are no mere run-throughs; like or not his approach, he has a view – sometimes mannered, always ear-catching, full of personality and technically infallible. Beethoven is deftly turned, Berlioz glows, Rossini’s rhythms are made explicit, Rimsky’s grand ceremony is solemn and rapacious, and Gershwin’s exotic travels are captured in Technicolor.

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