Between 1810 and 1812 Rossini composed these five one-act "farces" for the Teatro San Moise in Venice. They may be formulaic–even in their plots, most of which concern a young couple fooling an older suitor, or a young couple trying to find happiness, or a Canadian suitor away from his home turf(!)–but each has something to recommend it and none outstays its welcome. And the last of the group, Il Signor Bruschino, is famous for its overture, in which Rossini asks the violinists to tap their bows against their stands–witty, unusual, and apparently annoying to the conservative Venetians.–Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
Ettore Gracis achieves a milestone here in the disparate work that is probably Malipiero's finest dramatic effort. What's astonishing is that this is a live recording. The performance standard of the Fenice company is extraordinary which means you turn your attention to the emotion-wrenching drama of the opera where you're not conscious of the technique. Malipiero was highly-original, quirky, eccentric, and inspired all at once. There's been no one ….a customer @ amazon.com
Recording of the ballet "Lady-Soubrette" is the last page of the unprecedented work — "Anthology of Russian Symphony Music", conductor Evgeni Svetlanov has been carrying out since the very beginning of his artistic career. At first all symphonic works by P. Tchaikovsky were recorded, the anthology was concluded with the recording of all works of the same genre by A. Glazunov. Ardent promoter of Russian and Soviet music Evgeni Svetlanov performed "a creative deed", the USSR Symphony Orchestra being his true ally. Evgeni Svetlanov has been the orchestra's chief conductor and artistic director since 1965.
Bechet made several outstanding albums in France, mostly with Claude Luter's orchestra. On this one, he plays soprano sax much more than clarinet. The arrangements are outstanding, and the sound quality is special. No Bechet fan (or clarinet/sax fan) should be without this! Sidney Bechet needs no introduction to lovers of traditional New Orleans jazz. Like many African-American musicians, he found a deeper recognition in Europe, and so settled in France and made many recordings during the 1950's for the French Vogue label.These have now been collected, remastered and reissued on a French release by Sony Legacy. It's good to have this available through Amazon. Essential for any collector of traditional jazz…