Rossini: Overtures

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COMPOSERS: Rossini
LABELS: Decca Headline
WORKS: Overtures
PERFORMER: LSO/Piero Gamba
CATALOGUE NO: 433 606-2 ADD (1961)
When these performances first appeared, given Piero (Pierino) Gamba’s youthful precocity, they caused quite a sensation. Time hasn’t diminished their vitality or attention to detail, but it has dented their durability. Reiner, Karajan, Toscanini, Giulini, Abbado, and Muti refresh in ways altogether more physically inspirational. At less than 45 minutes, it’s poor value. Ates Orga

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