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D'albert: Cinderella Suite, Little Mermaid, Overtures / Markl, Leipzig Radio Symphony

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Release Date: 04/29/2014 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 573110   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Eugen D'Albert
Performer:  Viktorija Kaminskaite
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 15 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Eugen D’Albert was a tremendously gifted musician, and even had he not been we would owe him respect for being married six times and inspiring his second wife, the also multiply married Venezuelan pianist Teresa Careño, to utter that immortal line, “Darling, your children and my children are quarreling with our children again!” Aside from multiple marriages, D’Albert composed multiple operas, nineteen at least, and the overtures and preludes contained on this disc are very enjoyable. They range from the moody prelude to Die toten Augen, to the the luscious The Ruby (his first opera), to the jolly comedy The Departure.

The Overture to Grillparzer’s Esther is actually a robust, early concert work, while the delightful
Read more Cinderella Suite has plenty of the requisite fairytale atmosphere (sound clip). The Little Mermaid is a brilliant, post-Wagnerian scena for soprano and orchestra, and it’s quite beautifully sung by soprano Viktorija Kaminskaite. Her voice rides the orchestra effortlessly, while her tone remains consistently smooth and lovely throughout its range. Jun Märkl leads the MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony with plenty of verve and a conviction often missing from his prior recordings of Debussy.

D’Albert’s style lacks the ultimate in individuality, but it’s unflaggingly attractive, and he clearly evolved from his Wagner/Liszt origins to something more contemporary, if not more personal. Anyway, the only way to find out is to listen, so let’s get to it.

-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Seejungfraulein, Op. 15 by Eugen D'Albert
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
2. Grillparzer's Esther Overture, Op. 8 by Eugen D'Albert
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888 
3. Die toten Augen: Prelude by Eugen D'Albert
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1916 
4. Gernot: Act 2 Prelude by Eugen D'Albert
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1897 
5. Der Rubin: Overture by Eugen D'Albert
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1893 
6. Die Abreise: Overture by Eugen D'Albert
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1898 
7. Aschenputtel, Op. 33 by Eugen D'Albert
Performer:  Viktorija Kaminskaite (Soprano)
Conductor:  Jun Märkl
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1924 

Sound Samples

Overture to Grillparzer's Esther, Op. 8
Die toten Augen (The Dead Eyes): Prelude - Introduction
Gernot: Act II: Vorspiel
Der Rubin (The Ruby): Overture
Die Abreise (The Departure): Overture
Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Op. 33: I. Aschenputtel am Herd
Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Op. 33: II. Taubchen in der Asche
Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Op. 33: III. Ball im Konigsschloss
Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Op. 33: IV. Der Prinz und der Ritt mit den Bosen Schwestern
Aschenputtel (Cinderella), Op. 33: V. Aschenputtels Hochzeitpolonaise und Bauerntanz
Seejungfraulein (Little Mermaid), Op. 15

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