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Gems Of The Repertoire 8: Great Overtures

This show features four great overtures – two French and two Italian – composed between 1823 and 1855. We’ll hear music by Adolph Adam, Gioacchino Rossini, Hector Berlioz, and Giuseppe Verdi in thrilling performances that capture the spirit and majesty of grand opera.

Compositions and Recordings

Procession of the Nobles, by Nikolai Rimsky Korsakov
Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra

If I Were King Overture, by Adolphe Adam
Albert Wolff and the Paris Conservatory Orchestra

Semiramide Overture, by Gioacchino Rossini
Piero Gamba and the London Symphony Orchestra

Benvenuto Cellini Overture, by Hector Berlioz
Michael Plasson and the Toulouse Capitol Orchestra

Sicilian Vespers Overture, by Giuseppe Verdi
James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra

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