Monday, October 5, 2009

Rossini & Verdi Overtures - London SO, Abbado

Rossini & Verdi Overtures - London SO, Abbado
Orchestral | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 367 MB
September 6, 2001 | RCA | RapidShare

When Claudio Abbado headed the LSO in the Seventies he was at his most spontaneous and energetic. Listening to this highly charged Rossini overture CD, you'd never suspect that this fiery conductor would turn into the rather careful Rossinian of later years. There are other outstanding Rossini overture records that are warm and classic (Giulini), coolly virtuosic (Reiner and Szell), driven and intense (Toscanini), and excitingly extroverted (Bernstein), but they all sound rame and controlled compared to this CD.

The LSO plays with exceptional vivacity, and the recording from RCA, being bright and forward, adds to the thrills. I'm so glad that all these works aren't played in the jokey, light Rossini style of the Barber of Seville. Semiramide, for example, is a tragedy, and Abbado interprets the overture with more drama and weight than usual. In the Turco in Italia Over. we get a stunning horn obbligato from Barry Tuckwell that's worth the whole price of admisison. The Barber of Seville is full of carefree good humor, William Tell is totally devoid of mannerisms, played as if we haven't all heard it a thousand times--the storm section is a knockout from the LSO brass section, as is the finale mad gallop.

The three Verdi preludes and overtures that fill out this mid-price CD are also very fine, but the real show is Rossini. What a shame that this eye-opening, heart-stopping recording seems to be overlooked.

Rossini - Overture to Semiramide
Rossini - Overture to La scala di seta (The Silken Ladder)
Rossini - Overture to Il turco in Italia (The Turk in Italy)
Rossini - Overture to Il barbière di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville)
Rossini - Overture to Tancredi
Rossini - Overture to Guillaume Tell (William Tell)
Verdi - Overture to Aida
Verdi - Overture to I Vespri siciliani, opera (Les vêpres siciliennes)
Verdi - Overture to La forza del destino

Orchestra: London Symphony OrchestraConductor: Claudio Abbado
Composer: Gioachino Rossini, Giuseppe Verdi
Audio CD (September 6, 2001)
Number of Discs: 1
Format: Original recording remastered
Label: RCA


  1. Thank you for the share. When was this originally recorded? I have tried researching but had no luck with the answer.

  2. Hi Otto, the last part or two are missing. I couldn't extract the album...

  3. I will upload a new set of files. Check back in 48 hours.

  4. Hi Otto, Thank you for the share. The link isnot rapidshare. Could you change it?thank.



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