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Franz von Suppé: Overtures; Marches
     

Franz von Suppé: Overtures; Marches

by Neeme Jarvi
 
The operettas of Franz von Suppé were once enormously popular in Austria and Germany in the 19th century, though nearly all of them have become obscure except for the overtures and marches that have survived in the modern pops concert repertoire. Such favorite overtures as "Light Cavalry," "Poet and Peasant," and "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" are still

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The operettas of Franz von Suppé were once enormously popular in Austria and Germany in the 19th century, though nearly all of them have become obscure except for the overtures and marches that have survived in the modern pops concert repertoire. Such favorite overtures as "Light Cavalry," "Poet and Peasant," and "Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna" are still regularly programmed, and they are undoubtedly the best-known pieces on this 2013 Chandos release by Neeme Järvi and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Suppé's music is energetic and unpretentious, and everything on this album could be characterized as light music, but apart from the three pieces mentioned above, little of it is memorable or especially appealing. Järvi and the orchestra give vivacious performances and offer them in DSD sound in the hybrid SACD format, so the music has terrific sound quality going for it. But the true value of audiophile recordings is to be found in the depth and richness of orchestral sonorities and the subtlety of the playing, neither of which really pertain to Suppé's superficial and often mediocre pieces. The musicians certainly perform a generous service to his handful of greatest hits, but this disc is not essential listening.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/29/2013
Label:
Chandos
UPC:
0095115511022
catalogNumber:
5110
Rank:
73132

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Tracks

  1. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien (Morning Noon and Night in Vienna), overture from the incidental music
  2. Donna Juanita
  3. Die schöne Galathee (The Beautiful Galatea), overture to the operetta
  4. Isabella: Overture
  5. Über Berg, über Tal, march
  6. Das Modell (The Model): Overture
  7. Fatinitza, operetta: Marziale nach Motiven
  8. Comic variations on the beloved foxsong "Was kommt dort von der Höh?"
  9. Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades), overture to the operetta
  10. Boccaccio, operetta: Marsch

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