Audio: Rossini: Overture to ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’

It’s Friday, time for some Rossini. Here’s the Overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri.” Carlo Maria Giulini conducts the Orchestra of the Teatro alla Scala di Milano. From 1954.

Audio: Rossini: Overture to ‘Cenerentola’

 

Is it just me, or do you hardly ever hear Rossini overtures in concerts anymore?

At any rate, here’s a good one, the Overture to “Cenerentola” (“Cinderella), performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra and conducted by Carlo Maria Giulini.

The portrait to the right is of Rossini c. 1815, a year or two before “Cenerentola” had its premiere in early 1817. It was painted by Vincenzo Camuccini and resides in the Museo del Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Rossini was born in 1792, so he is in his mid 20s here.