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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
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    To me a good list would need to start with four or more by Rossini, three by Mozart, two or three by Beethoven, both the Brahms concerto overtures, two or three by Berlioz, Wagner's Meistersinger and two or three by DVorak. That's nearly 20 before I start. But I don't think I could easily leave any out as they are all wonderful in different ways. So I've failed the test on this one.

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    Since the list was limited to 20, I just picked one per composer:

    Barber: School for Sandal Overture
    Beethoven: Egmont Overture
    Bernstein: Candide Overture
    Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
    Borodin: Prince Igor Overture
    Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
    Dvorak: My Home, Overture
    Glinka: Rusian and Ludmilla Overture
    Mendelssohn: Hebrides Overture
    Miaskovsky: Huipigung Overture
    Mozart: Don Giovanni Overture
    Offenbach: Orpheus in the Underworld Overture
    Rimsky Korsakov: Russian Easter Festival Overture
    Rossini: Thieving Magie Overture
    Schubert: Rosamunde Overture
    Schumann: Manfred Overture
    Shostakovich: Festive Overture
    Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture
    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture
    Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture

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    Reznicek: Donna Diana. Made famous in "Challenge of the Yukon" (radio); later "Sergeant Preston of the Yukon" (television) .
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    Here is a definitive list of the greatest overtures of all time, as determined by objective supercomputer analysis:

    (21. The Magic Flute (Mozart))
    20. A Midsummer Night's Dream (Mendelssohn)
    19. Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
    18. The Corsair (Berlioz)
    17. A Life for the Tsar (Glinka)
    16. The Hebrides (Mendelssohn)
    15. The Silken Ladder (Rossini)
    14. Egmont (Beethoven)
    13. Leonore No. 3 (Beethoven)
    12. William Tell (Rossini)
    11. 1812 (Tchaikovsky)
    10. Die Fledermaus (Strauss, Jr.)
    9. Der Freischutz (Weber)
    8. Bartered Bride (Smetana)
    7. Carnival (Dvorak)
    6. The Thieving Magpie (Rossini)
    5. Meistersinger (Wagner)
    4. Oberon (Weber)
    3. Cockaigne (Elgar)
    2. Tannhauser (Wagner)
    1. Barber of Seville (Rossini)
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    Leonore No. 3
    Consecration of the House
    Marriage of Figaro
    Magic Flute
    Don Giovanni
    Beatrice et Benedick
    Midsummer's Night Dream

    (That's pretty much it for me in terms of "greatest.)

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    Must-haves:

    Berlioz - Benvenuto Cellini
    Boieldieu - La dame blanche
    Borodin - Prince Igor
    Donizetti - Rosmonda d'Inghilterra
    Glinka - Ruslan and Lyudmila
    Gluck - Iphigénie en Aulide
    Herold - Zampa
    Mozart - Magic Flute
    Rimsky-Korsakov - Tsar's Bride
    Rossini - La gazza ladra
    Suppé - Poet & Peasant
    Verdi - Luisa Miller
    Wagner: Das Liebesverbot (exhilarating), Rienzi, Flying Dutchman, Tannhauser, Lohengrin, Meistersinger, Parsifal !

    Then again...

    Auber - Muette de Portici; Fra Diavolo; Cheval de bronze
    Beethoven - Fidelio
    Berlioz - Béatrice et Bénédict; Corsaire
    Bizet - Carmen
    Bernstein - Candide
    Donizetti - Roberto Devereux; Maria Stuarda
    Goldmark - Die Konigin von Saba
    Lalo - Le roi d'Ys
    Massenet - Roi de Lahore; Le Cid; Roma
    Meyerbeer - Prophète; Étoile du Nord; Dinorah (storm, chorus, & prayer); Struensee
    Mozart - Figaro; Don Giovanni; Così
    Nicolai - Merry Wives of Windsor
    Reyer - Sigurd
    Rossini - Barber (of course); Italiana; Guillaume Tell; Ermione (with chorus)
    Strauss - Guntram
    Suppé - Light Cavalry
    Tchaikovsky - Maid of Orleans
    Weber - Freischutz; Euryanthe
    Last edited by NickFuller; Jul-04-2018 at 04:58.

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