Neeme Järvi Conducts Offenbach

Neeme Järvi Conducts Offenbach

by Neeme Jarvi

SACD(Super Audio CD - SACD Hybrid)

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Several of the overtures to the operettas of Jacques Offenbach were the work of other hands, composed to replace the brief introductory music that had been used in early productions at the small Parisian theaters. Thus, the overtures to "Orphée aux enfers" (1858), "La Belle Hélène" (1864), and "La Grande-Duchesse de Gérolstein" (1867) were arranged to meet demand when the productions moved to larger venues. Offenbach probably didn't start writing his own full-length overtures until 1870, when they had become especially popular with Parisian and Viennese audiences. In the case of "La Vie parisienne" (1866), there were a few competing overtures in circulation over the years, though the colorful one heard on this 2015 Chandos recording is an arrangement that Antal Doráti made in 1948. The rest of the program offers Offenbach originals, or what are presumed to be, and the performances by Neeme Järvi and the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande have the zest and humor that are hallmarks of Offenbach's style. There have been several CDs that cover most of these overtures, but few are as comprehensive as this excellent hybrid SACD, and the generous program offers some of the most memorable melodies composed during the Belle Époque.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Chandos
UPC: 0095115516027
catalogNumber: 5160
Rank: 62317


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