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Weber: Overtures

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While "Der Freischütz," "Oberon," and "Euryanthe" are Carl Maria von Weber's best-known and most frequently recorded operas, the rest of his output for the theater is much less familiar to modern audiences, except for several of his highly tuneful overtures, which have remained popular over the years as concert staples. This 2008 Naxos release features 10 such pieces; six celebrated opera overtures are balanced with the concert works "Der Beherrscher der Geister" and the "Jubel-Ouvertüre," as well as with selections from the incidental music for the plays Preciosa and Turandot the latter's overture and march employ the catchy "Air chinois," which Paul Hindemith used for...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
While "Der Freischütz," "Oberon," and "Euryanthe" are Carl Maria von Weber's best-known and most frequently recorded operas, the rest of his output for the theater is much less familiar to modern audiences, except for several of his highly tuneful overtures, which have remained popular over the years as concert staples. This 2008 Naxos release features 10 such pieces; six celebrated opera overtures are balanced with the concert works "Der Beherrscher der Geister" and the "Jubel-Ouvertüre," as well as with selections from the incidental music for the plays Preciosa and Turandot the latter's overture and march employ the catchy "Air chinois," which Paul Hindemith used for the second movement of his "Symphonic Metamorphosis of Themes of Carl Maria von Weber". These pieces are consistently lively, dramatic, and colorful, and listeners will find in them an agreeable mix of Classical and early Romantic styles. Antoni Wit and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra deliver this program with high energy and zest, though it's fair to say that they sometimes play with sharp attacks, most pronounced in the timpani part; but overall, this crisp playing is invigorating and easy enough to adjust to. Naxos provides rich, reverberant sound that gives the orchestra a pleasant acoustical aura, but does not obscure any details.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/16/2008
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313029679
  • Catalog Number: 8570296
  • Sales rank: 6,277

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Euryanthe, opera, J. 291, (Op. 81): Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (8:33)
  2. 2 Peter Schmoll und seine Nachbarn, opera, J. 8 (Op. 8) (dialogue lost): Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (10:06)
  3. 3 Oberon, opera, J. 306: Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (9:40)
  4. 4 Der Beherrscher der Geister (The Ruler of the Spirits), overture for orchestra, J. 122 (Op. 27) (revision of overture to Rübezahl) - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (5:52)
  5. 5 Turandot, incidental music, J. 75 (Op. 37): Overture and Act 2 March - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (5:43)
  6. 6 Preciosa, incidental music for soloist, chorus & orchestra, J. 279 (Op. 78): Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (8:05)
  7. 7 Silvana, opera, J. 87: Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (6:21)
  8. 8 Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59) - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (8:07)
  9. 9 Abu Hassan, opera, J. 106: Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (3:35)
  10. 10 Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77): Overture - Carl Maria von Weber & New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (10:14)
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Album Credits

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Antoni Wit Primary Artist
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