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    No one seems to have mentioned Weber's overture to Der Freischutz. This is one of the greatest overtures of all time. Lohengrin and Tannhauser are up there as well, along with Manfred and Parsifal.

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    Here's a few I listen to quite a bit among MANY,MANY more.


    1 Wagner Rienzi
    2 Herold Zampa
    3 Beethoven Egmont
    5 Belioz Roman Carnival
    4 Wagner Das Liebesverbot
    5 Suppe Morning Noon and Night in Vienna
    6 Berlioz Le Corsaire
    7 Offenbach La Vie Parisienne
    8 Kalman Die Csárdásfürstin
    9 Nielsen Overture to the ballet Maskarade
    10 Rimsky-Korsikov Russian Easter Overture
    11 Suppe Goal of the Wanderer
    12 Dvorak Carnival Overture
    13 Shostakovitch Festive Overture
    14 Rossini William Tell
    15 Tchaikovsky 1812
    17 Rossini Siege of Corinth
    18 Offenbach Orphée aux enfers (arr. By Binder)
    19 Wagner Der fliegende Holländer
    20 Varney Les Mousquetaires au Couvent

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    Anyone anything to add to this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by juliante View Post
    Anyone anything to add to this?
    Not enough Berlioz so,

    1 King Lear
    2 Roman Carnival
    3 Le Corsaire
    4 Benvenuto Cellini
    5 Fantasia on Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'

    From Beethoven -

    6 Coriolan
    7 Leonore No 3
    8 Egmont
    9 The Consecration of the House

    The rest

    10 Wagner: The Mastersingers of Nuremberg
    11 Wagner: Tannhauser
    12 Elgar: In the South
    13 Herold: Zampa
    14 Rossini: William Tell
    15 Rossini: The Thieving Magpie
    16 Suppe: Light Cavalry
    17 Dvorak: Carnival
    18 Dvorak: In Nature's Realm
    19 Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
    20 Don Giovanni (with its concert ending)

    Probably loads of others I have missed.
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    Wagner Rienzi
    Wagner Das Liebesverbot
    Mozart Figaro
    Herold Zampa
    Beethoven Egmont
    Suppe Light cavalry
    Glinka Ruslan and Ludmilla
    Rossini William Tell
    Mendelssohn Hebrides
    Beethoven Cariolan
    Mozart Seraglio
    Tchaik 1812
    Mendelssohn Midsummer
    Maillart Villars
    Auber Muette
    Bernstein Candide
    Brahms Academic
    Offenbach Belle Helene
    Auber Bronze Horse
    Raff Dame Kobold

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    One that wouldn't be in my top 20 is Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. It bores me to tears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    One that wouldn't be in my top 20 is Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. It bores me to tears.
    There is no music that can't be saved by bigger cannons.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Merl View Post
    One that wouldn't be in my top 20 is Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. It bores me to tears.
    It´s a 3D-piece. One can always supplement with a bit of table fireworks at home. Maybe a few dioramas plus some singing in Russian and French too.
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    Rimsky-Korsakov - Russian Easter Festival Overture
    Weber - Der Freischütz, Euryanthe, Oberon
    Beethoven - Coriolan, Egmont
    Wagner - Tannhäuser
    Mendelssohn - The Hebrides
    Suppé - Dichter und Bauer, Leichte Cavallerie
    Brahms - Academic Overture
    Saint-Saëns - Spartacus
    Villa-Lobos - Alvorada na Floresta Tropical
    Vaughan Williams - 49th Parallel (prelude)
    Shostakovich - Overture on Russian and Kirguiz Themes
    Prokofiev - Russian Overture
    Dvorák - Othello
    Sibelius - Karelia Overture, op. 10
    Nielsen - Helios Overture, Maskarade
    Kabalevsky - Colas Breugnon, Pathetic Overture
    Elgar - Cockaigne (In London Town), Froissart, In the South
    Schubert - Overture in the Italian Style in C major, D. 591
    Chadwick - Adonais
    Bantock - Pierrot of the Minute
    Berlioz - Le Carnaval Romain
    Strauss II - Der Fledermaus
    Braga Santos - Symphonic Overture No. 3
    Goldmark - Penthesilea, Im Frühling
    Atterberg - Overture in A minor, op. 4
    Respighi - Belfagor
    Tchaikovsky - Romeo and Juliet
    Glière - Gyul'sara, Shakh-Senem
    Taneyev - Orestiade Overture
    Novák - Lady Godiva
    Stenhammar - Excelsior!
    Nicolai - The Merry Wives of Windsor
    Balakirev - Overture on 3 Russian Themes
    Bizet - Patrie
    Weingartner - Der Sturm
    Korngold - Sursum Corda

    Oops, that's more than 20
    Last edited by MusicSybarite; May-16-2018 at 22:18.

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