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.
|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|