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Weber - Overtures

Composer Carl Maria von Weber
Performer Tapiola Sinfonietta
Jean-Jacques Kantorow, conductor
Catalogue Number BIS-1760 SACD
EAN 7318599917603
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jun 2011
Total time 67'35

10/10; Empfohlen,
5 Diapasons: "Une réalisation musicale de premier ordre." Diapason; "Tremendously exciting performances." American Record Guide; "Kurz: mustergültig; absolutes Referenzklasseniveau, so und nicht anders sollte diese Musik klingen."; "A very distinguished collection which avoids any hint of the routine." MusicWeb International; “67 vibrant minutes of some of the most splendid music ever composed for the theater.”

Although celebrated as the father of German Romantic opera, Carl Maria von Weber is today generally known for one opera alone: Der Freischütz. Most of his other works for the stage – including the incidental music for several plays – are nowadays rarely performed. But their overtures have survived the test of time and are popular fillers at orchestral concerts, imbued as they are with Weber's particular mix of Romantic drama and lyricism and Classical lightness of touch.
Striking is also the inimitable, colourful instrumentation, which is given free reins in these scores for librettos and plays that are set in China and Arabia, and among Spanish gypsies and knights in 12th-century France. The present disc includes ten of these gems, from the overture to Weber’s first surviving opera Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn – composed at the age of fifteen – to that of Oberon, written in London for Covent Garden less than two months before his death from tuberculosis, aged 39.
The team of Jean-Jacques Kantorow and the Tapiola Sinfonietta have recorded numerous discs for BIS, by composers as diverse as Saint-Saëns, Mozart, Shostakovich and Rautavaara. Acclaimed releases have also been dedicated to the music of Weber, most recently his symphonies.
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  Carl Maria von Weber
  Der Beherrscher der Geister, J122 - concert overture
01 Presto 4'48
  Turandot, Prinzessin von China, J75 - overture from the incidental music
02 Allegro moderato 4'11
  Abu Hassan, J106 - overture to the opera
03 Presto 3'27
  Der Freischütz, J277 - overture to the opera
04 Adagio – Molto vivace 8'29
  Oberon, J306 - overture to the opera
05 Adagio sostenuto 8'36
  Euryanthe, J291 - overture to the opera
06 Allegro marcato, con molto fuoco 7'43
  Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn, J8/J54 - Grande Ouverture
à plusieurs instruments
07 Andante maestoso – Allegro vivace 8'22
  Preciosa, J279 - overture from the incidental music
08 Allegro moderato 7'32
  Silvana, J87 - overture to the opera
09 Andante 5'35
  Jubel-Ouvertüre, J245 - concert overture
10 Adagio 7'03
  Album total 67'35
OrchestraTapiola Sinfonietta
ComposerWeber, Carl Maria von
ConductorKantorow, Jean-Jacques

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