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Saturday, January 10, 2015 Permalink

The Rossini Connection

Gioachino Rossini in a caricature from the 1820s


Today, we tend to think of Beethoven as the dominating force in early 19th-century music, but in fact no composer during that time enjoyed the popular acclaim and artistic influence of Gioachino Rossini. 

By the autumn of 1817, Rossini’s music had conquered Vienna—and Franz Schubert, hearing it for the first time, was liberated by the experience.   

In this hour, the connection between these two very different composers.


CD Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Rossini Overtures Chamber Orchestra of Europe Deutsche Grammophon 431 653-2 028943165327
Schubert: 8 Symphonies Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Karl Bohm Deutsche Grammophon 471 307-2 028947130727
Franz Schubert - Complete Overtures 2 Prague Sinfonia, Christian Benda Naxos 8.570329 747313032976

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