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Cherubini: Symphony In D Major, Etc / Piero Bellugi, Et Al


Release Date: 04/24/2007 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8557908   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Piero Bellugi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Remo Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 56 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



CHERUBINI Symphony in D. Overtures: Médée; Faniska; Lodoïska Piero Bellugi, cond; Sanremo SO NAXOS 8.557908 (56:07)


The orchestra of San Remo, a small town just east of Monaco, is one of Italy’s finest: brilliant, if not subtle; and displaying a varied palette. This performance of Cherubini’s only symphony is big and potent. In a work we normally hear as a last remnant of the Classical era, Bellugi points ahead toward the Read more Romantic. Although one misses the tightly disciplined readings of Toscanini, Cantelli, and—best of all—Donato Renzetti (currently on Arts Music 47102, see Fanfare 20:2), the grand style and delicious colors of this performance make it a strong competitor. Naxos’s recorded sound is fresh and up close; strings are spread widely across the soundstage, woodwind solos are spotlighted, and a highly reverberant ambience clouds the tutti at or above f . Nevertheless, it is hard not to love this recording, which frees Cherubini from his dry-as-dust reputation, making him sound much like the free-spirited Arriaga.


Bellugi’s romantic style suits the opera overtures equally well. Although labeled a comedy because it has a happy ending, the fiery Lodoïska is no less dramatic than the more famous Médée . All three of these operas were produced in Vienna from 1802 to 1806, and they had great influence on Fidelio. Lodoïska and Faniska are both “rescue operas,” the latter sharing its librettist with Beethoven’s masterpiece. Along with the C-Minor Requiem, these were the works that made Beethoven (in a moment of false modesty?) name Cherubini the greatest living composer. In two tightly packed pages, Keith Anderson’s program notes explore corners of Cherubini’s life which I had not previously encountered. He led a charmed life in dangerous times, obtaining and losing the favors of reigning powers from royalty to Napoleon, slipping away to the countryside when the politics got rough.


All in all, a winning disc.


FANFARE: James H. North
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony in D major by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Piero Bellugi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Remo Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1815; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Municipal Casino, Sanremo, Italy 
Length: 30 Minutes 2 Secs. 
2.
Medea: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Piero Bellugi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Remo Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1797; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Municipal Casino, Sanremo, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 49 Secs. 
3.
Faniska: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Piero Bellugi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Remo Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1806; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Municipal Casino, Sanremo, Italy 
Length: 7 Minutes 39 Secs. 
4.
Lodoïska: Overture by Luigi Cherubini
Conductor:  Piero Bellugi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Remo Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; France 
Date of Recording: 07/2005 
Venue:  Municipal Casino, Sanremo, Italy 
Length: 10 Minutes 32 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony in D major: I. Largo - Allegro
Symphony in D major: II. Larghetto cantabile
Symphony in D major: III. Menuetto: Allegro non tanto
Symphony in D major: IV. Allegro assai
Medea (Medee): Medee: Overture
Faniska: Overture
Lodoiska: Overture

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 The Classical Orchestral Tradition-Italian Style May 5, 2013 By Henry S. (Springfield, VA) See All My Reviews "This is a wonderful performance of orchestral works by Italian composer Luigi Cherubini by the Sanremo Symphony Orchestra. Cherubini's Symphony in D Major comes right out of the late Classical or early Romantic eras, and one almost hears echoes of Schubert or even Mendelssohn in this very fine composition. In addition, there are 3 excellent opera overtures (why not, since Cherubini hailed from the mecca of opera!)This music is not revolutionary in the mode of Beethoven, but it more than holds it own with all of the German giants of the early 19th century. I think you will absolutely love this refreshing blast of orchestral splendor from Southern Europe from a time when symphonic music seemed to be synonymous with Northern and Central Europe. Recommended." Report Abuse
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