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Saturday, March 16, 2019 Permalink

The Concert Overture Connection

Antonio Pappano conducts the Orchestra of the National Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome,


We usually think of an “Overture” as the music played before the opening scene of an opera or musical. And that makes sense--for in French, “overture” means “opening.”

But there’s another kind that has never seen the footlights—the stand-alone concert overture, including Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides and Tchaikovsky’s 1812.

In this hour, we’ll hear both those works, plus music by Schubert, Brahms, Copland and more.



Title Group/Artist Catalog # UPC
Copland: Billy the Kid, Rodeo [for Outdoor Overture] Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton BIS BIS-2164  7318599921648 
Schubert: Concert Overtures & Symphony No. 5 [for Overture in D major “In the Italian Style”] Orpheus Baroque Orchestra, Michi Gaigg Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697911382 886979113824
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto / Symphony No. 4 - Italian / Hebrides Overture New York Philharmonic, Leonard Bernstein Sony 61843
Berlioz: Complete Orchestral Works [for the Waverley Overture] London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis Philips 456 143-2 0028945614328
Tchaikovsky: Overtures & Fantasies [for 1812 Overture]  Orchestra and Chorus of the National Academy of Saint Cecilia in Rome, Antonio Pappano Warner Classics 3 70065 2 094637006528
Brahms: The Symphonies[for Academic Festival Overture] Chicago Symphony; Solti Decca 430 799-2 028943079921 
Russian Overtures & Orchestral Works [forFestive Overture, by Dimitri Shostakovich] Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev Newton Classics 8802037 8718247710379

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