Reviews: Suppé, Mozart (Incidental Music)

Janáček Philharmonic, Naxos

Universally famous for his glorious overtures Light Cavalry and Poet and Peasant (naxos 8.553935), Franz von Suppé was one of the greatest exponents of the golden Age of Viennese Operetta. But he was also a master of incidental music for popular plays, one of which is Mozart – an example of Künstler-Lebensbild (‘life portrait of an artist’). Suppé’s music subtly accompanies the stage action as the story of the composition of Mozart’s music unfolds, offering a potpourri of Mozart’s works served up with Suppé’s trademark flair. Die Afrikareise presents a piquant and brilliant travelogue.


Suppé's "Mozart", which is not an operetta, is probably the first CD in the world to record dramatic music in almost perfect form. Dario Salvi who is conducting this composition is a musicologist who is actively restoring such rare works, but he also has such a playful side. (Original in Japanese)