Thursday, May 31, 2012

Rossini: Famous Overtures

Marriner and the ASMF released four LPs of Rossini Overtures ; this was the first and, unfortunately, the only one recorded in surround sound. These are spirited and beautifully paced performances, with breathtaking wind solos and phenomenally precise string playing. This SA-CD happens to be the best of the PentaTones sonically – the listener is positioned close to the orchestra, and there's excellent front-to-back layering of the musicians. There is also a subtle hint of the room behind you that contributes to you-are-there sort of audio experience. If sound is a priority and you want to sample a single PentaTone, this is one to get. --Fanfare, June 2003

MP3 320 · 116 MB

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