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Saturday, April 21, 2018 Permalink

The Rossini Connection

Gioachino Rossini in a caricature from the 1820s


When still a music student, Franz Schubert confided to a friend, “Secretly, in my heart of hearts, I hope to be able to make something out of myself—but who can do anything after Beethoven?”

The answer came a few years later, and from a surprising source.

By the autumn of 1817, Rossini’s music had conquered Vienna—and Schubert, hearing it for the first time, was liberated by the experience.   As we'll hear in this hour, it was to shape his work from that point on.


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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