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The Opening Connection

The French, as they say, have a word for it, and it means “opening.”  And just as an open door ushers you into a home or business, this particular opening ushers you into an on-stage world of comedy or drama — and sometimes both.

In this hour, the story behind overtures by Mozart, Beethoven, Rossini, Offenbach, Wagner,Strauss, and Bernstein.



CD Title


Catalog #


J. Strauss, II: Die Fledermaus

Bavarian State Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber

Deutsche Grammophon 457 765-2


Mozart: Le Nozze di Figaro

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, James Levine

Deutsche Grammophon 431 619-2


Rossini: The Barber of Seville (highlights)

Budapest Failoni Chamber Orchestra, Will Humburg

Naxos 8.553436


Beethoven:  Overtures (for Fidelio)

Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell

Sony SBK 63062



Wagner: Wesendonck Lieder / Siegfried Idyll / Overtures and Preludes (for The Flying Dutchman): Overture)

Swedish Chamber Orchestra;  Thomas Dausgaard

BIS Records BIS-2022


Offenbach: La Belle Helene & Orpheus in the Underworld

Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, Alexander Faris

Classics for Pleasure 5 75999 2 4


Nielsen: Symphony no. 3, Overture to Maskarade

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung

BIS Records  BIS-CD-321


Copland: Appalachian Spring, etc. [for Candide Overture]

Los Angeles Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein

Deutsche Grammophon 413 324-2


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