Reviews: Auber, Overtures, Vol. II

Updated: Oct 31, 2021

The second volume in this series continues to explore little-known examples of Auber’s elegant and refined operatic music. Julie was his first stage work, its fantasia-like beauty foreshadowing the operas, opéras-comiques and lyric dramas to come. Striking melodies and haunting episodes abound in these overtures and entr’actes, and there is restrained yet fragrant Iberian colour in the overture to Léocadie. The Violin Concerto is lightly scored and gentle, with a tarantella-like finale full of folk vitality.


Dario Salvi conducts the overtures and interludes with great verve. The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice performs Auber’s music in a very lively, playful, occasionally even frivolous manner.

Guy Engels, Pizzicato

★★★ (out of ★★★★) Conducted with the liveliness and lightness that suit Dario Salvi, the entire concerto can be listened to and re-listened with great pleasure.

Jean Michel Pennetier, Forum Opéra (original in French)

Dario Salvi and the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice give highly enjoyable performances of these sparkling works, and although almost all of them are world premiere recordings, the crispness, attack and minute attention to detail give the impression that they have been around for quite a while.

Gerald Fenech, Classical Music Daily

Charming music, well worth reviving. The whole ensemble seem to be lovingly engaged in its presentation. The performances are crystal clear – wonderfully articulated and lovingly brought to life in what seems to be an ideal acoustic.

Gary Higginson, MusicWeb International

Striking melodies and haunting passages abound in these overtures and entr'acts contrast with the understated but fragrant Iberian color in the overture to "Léocadie".

Michel Dutrieue, Stretto (original in Dutch)

Dario Salvi teases out the orchestra's charm and achieves elegant, delicate interpretations with the Czech Chamber Orchestra Pardubice.

Karin Coper, (original in German)

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