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Suppe: Overtures / Marriner, ASMF


Release Date: 02/12/2008 
Label:  Emi Classics   Catalog #: 09029   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 1 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The style of all the overtures is bright, ebullient, and upbeat, with only intermittent dramatic episodes for tension or poignant interludes for a dollop of schmaltz; indeed, these are the moods that come to mind when one thinks of Viennese operettas.

Aside from the occasionally revived Boccaccio and Die Schöne Galathée, few of Franz von Suppé's operettas are produced or recorded any longer, even though they were enormously popular in nineteenth century Vienna and made the composer as famous as Jacques Offenbach in France or Gilbert and Sullivan in England. However, Suppé's posthumous career is somewhat more comparable to that of Gioachino Rossini, insofar as his tuneful overtures are still
Read more frequently played, while his stage works are not, and it is on the strength of such pop-concert staples as the overtures to Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry) and the Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant) that he is still remembered. These two pieces are widely anthologized, so there is no difficulty finding CDs that include them. This EMI disc is helpful in providing both, along with seven less familiar overtures by Suppé in sparkling performances by Neville Marriner and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields. The style of all the overtures is bright, ebullient, and upbeat, with only intermittent dramatic episodes for tension or poignant interludes for a dollop of schmaltz; indeed, these are the moods that come to mind when one thinks of Viennese operettas, and Suppé's music completely fills the bill. EMI's recording is clear and focused, especially in the big climaxes that Marriner and his orchestra bring off with aplomb, but some of the softer passages seem a little muted.

- Blair Sanderson, AllMujsic Guide Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Die leichte Kavallerie: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
2. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
3. Dichter und Bauer: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
4. Tantalusqualen: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
5. Die Jagd nach dem Glücke: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1888; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
6. Die Frau Meisterin: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1868; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
7. Die Kartenschlägerin "Queen of Spades": Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 
8. Wiener Jubel: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Romantic 
Written: Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 1, London 

Sound Samples

Light Cavalry - Overture
Tantalusqualen: Overture
Die Irrfahrt um's Glück: Overture
Die Frau Meisterin: Overture
Ein Morgen, ein Mittag, ein Abend in Wien: Overture
Pique Dame (Die Kartenschlägerin): Overture
Wiener Jubel-Ouvertüre
Dichter und Bauer: Overture

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