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From The Archives - Gems Of The Repertoire: Overtures

Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra
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Arturo Toscanini conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra

Enjoy a program of great overtures by Offenbach, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rossini, Suppé and Mendelssohn (not Felix!). We’ll hear exceptional performances, some of which were recorded in the world’s best concert halls.

Compositions and Recordings

La Belle Helene Overture
by Jacques Offenbach
Arthur Fiedler and Boston Pops

Russian Easter Overture, Op. 36
by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Lorin Maazel and the Cleveland Orchestra

Overture in C major
by Fanny Mendelssohn
Catherine Winnes and the SW German Radio Orchestra

Il Signor Bruschino Overture
by Gioacchino Rossini
Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony

Poet and Peasant Overture
by Franz von Suppe
Andre Vandernoot and the Concertgebouw Orchestra

Frank Byrne is the host of From the Archives on 91.9 Classical KC.
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