by Thomas Fey


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Heralded for his vivacious and energetic interpretations of the Haydn symphonies, conductor Thomas Fey and the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra present here a collection of overtures from composers ranging from Salieri to Brahms. For the most part, each of the overtures lives up to Fey's interpretive reputation for clear and precise strings, vigorous tempi, and unabashed energy. The horn playing throughout the album is quite energizing, but in the Brahms they are particularly brazen, making listeners wish that some Mahler might come next on the program. There are a few setbacks on the program, though. There are moments where the strings, perhaps overcome with excitement, fail to deliver precise intonation. The timpani at times goes straight past the realm of brashness into obnoxious, often covering the light, crisp sound Fey seems to strive for with the rest of the orchestra. Beethoven's "Egmont Overture" seems to be the only work on the program that lacks Fey's trademark energy; the Allegro is quite stagnant. Nonetheless, as overture anthologies go, this one is still quite strong, and fans of Fey and the HSO will no doubt find it a welcome addition to their collections.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/13/2007
Label: Swrmusic
UPC: 4010276019190
catalogNumber: 98269
Rank: 288347


  1. Tarare, opera: Act 2. Overture
  2. Le nozze di Figaro (The Marriage of Figaro), opera, K. 492: Overture
  3. Symphony No. 32 in G major, K. 318
  4. Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio), opera, K. 384: Overture
  5. Egmont, incidental music, Op. 84: Overture
  6. Overture to L'italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)
  7. Overture to Semiramide
  8. Academic Festival Overture, for orchestra in C minor ("Akademische Festouvertüre"), Op. 80

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Thomas Fey   Primary Artist

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