My pick for this week's Sunday Morning Classic was made last Sunday night. My wife and I were watching the season finale of Sherlock (one of our absolutely favourite shows) on BBC America when a piece of classical music came on that my wife knew that she knew but didn't know what it was. It was one of those pieces that most everyone has heard dozens of time in movies or on television but just don't know exactly what it is that they are listening to. Kristina later figured out that the movie she remembered the music from was A Clockwork Orange.
The piece in question is the overture from Gioacchino Rossini's opera semiseria ('semi-serious opera') La Gazza Ladra, better known as The Thieving Magpie. The clip I choose features the world renowned Austrian Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic), one of the oldest orchestras in the world and considered by many to be the finest orchestra in Europe. The performace is done at Musikverein Golden Hall, the home of the orchestra. Musikverein, called the "Great Hall" due to its highly regarded acoustics, is considered one of the finest concert halls in the world.
Some will recognise the piece very quickly, most will know that they have heard it before at the 4:14 minute mark...trust me. Enjoy.