R E C O R D I N G S
D.F.E. AUBER: OVERTURES VOL.2
Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice / Dario Salvi
Release date: July 2020
JOHANN STRAUSS II: BLINDEKUH
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus / Dario Salvi
Blindekuh (‘Blind Man’s Buff’) was Johann Strauss II’s sixth operetta and his least known. Neglected for well over a century, it was revived by Dario Salvi and the forces on this album in January 2019. The work’s initial lack of success is hard to explain but it may have been caused by a confusing libretto—the music itself is vibrant and captivating with waltzes, polkas, mazurkas, marches and bel canto arias. Performed in a concert version without dialogue, and in accordance with performing traditions, this production restores the work to the status of one of Strauss’s most melodically seductive works.
D.F.E. AUBER: OVERTURES
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice / Dario Salvi
Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s music radiates both his amiable personality and the Parisian elegance of his times. The huge success of his operas resulted in a popularity for these overtures that rivalled that of Rossini, who was an early influence. Auber’s brilliant and energetic style infuses tales of romance both rustic and aristocratic, with moods ranging from dramatic heroism to dashing ballroom dances—all portrayed with the signature charm that made him a standard bearer of musical stylishness and good taste. Auber’s opera La Sirène can be found on Naxos 8.660436. This is the first volume of a project to record all the overtures to his 31 opéras-comiques, seven opéras, three drames lyriques and seven other stage works.
GIACOMO MEYERBEER: SACRED WORKS
Andrea Chudak / Jakub Sawicki / Neue Preussiche Philharmonie
Released: January 2019 / Naxos
This album brings together a selection of religious compositions by Giacomo Meyerbeer, including several works presumed lost until their recent discovery. These rediscovered pieces stand out for their masterful quality and highly individual style, such as the "Hymne An Gott", which demonstrates Meyerbeer's sensitivity and skill with text. Other gems include the luminous "Pater Noster" and the melancholy "Prélude et Cantique", which draws on the spirituality of the late Middle Ages and was of great significance to the composer.
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