Classics of the Phonograph

Famous overtures to forgotten operas

Portrait of Wolfgang Amadeusz Mozart

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Hundreds of opera scores may sit on shelves, collecting dust, but the overtures to some of them still stand in the active concert repertory like inviting gates to ruined mansions. On this week's Classics of the Phonograph, Saturday at 11 am on WILL-FM, you can hear some of these overtures by famous composers such as Mozart, Schubert, and von Weber. Other overtures are by less known composers such as Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari, Nikolas von Reznicek, and others.

Reznicek | Donna Dianna
Wolf-Ferrari | Secret of Suzanne
Schubert | The Magic Harp/Rosamunde
Mozart | The Impresario
von Weber | Oberon