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Salieri: Overtures & Ballet Music Vol 1 / Fey, Mannheim Mozart Orchestra


Release Date: 04/08/2008 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 98506   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 8 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Given all the buzz surrounding the play and film Amadeus, you would think that someone would have gotten around to a systematic survey of Antonio Salieri's orchestral music long before now, but it seems not. Billed as Vol. 1, this excellent and intriguing collection of overtures and ballet music takes us from 1771 (Armida) though 1792 (Catalina). It reveals Salieri, perhaps unsurprisingly, as a considerable talent. Some of the overtures are overtly programmatic (Les Danaïdes), tracing the story line in detail. None is terribly long--five minutes about does it--but the music is consistently lively and entertaining.

The ballet music shows the influence of Salieri's older colleague and friend Gluck, certainly not to the
Read more former's disadvantage. Thomas Fey offers two substantial suites, from Pafio e Mirra, and Les Danaïdes, and they include some very substantial movements. The concluding Pantomime from Les Danaïdes is particularly interesting in its strongly gestural language. Anyone familiar with Fey's Haydn will readily respond to the powerful combination of technical brilliance and sympathy with the idiom on offer here. The Mannheim orchestra plays very well, and given that the orchestration often is not particularly lavish (this is mostly early Classical period, after all), they find a remarkable amount of color in these well-wrought scores. Fine sonics too. This will certainly be a series to watch, and collect.

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

1. Armida: Sinfonia in Pantomima by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Length: 5 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2. Daliso e Delmita: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
3. Der Rauchfangkehrer: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1781; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4. Les Horaces: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1786 
Length: 3 Minutes 33 Secs. 
5. Catalina: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6. Les Danaides: Suite by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Paris, France 
Length: 22 Minutes 48 Secs. 
7. L'Europa riconosciuta: Suite by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Thomas Fey
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mannheim Mozart Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1778; Milan, Italy 
Length: 23 Minutes 28 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Armida: Sinfonia in Pantomima
Daliso e Delmita: Overture
Pafio e Mirra ossia I prigionieri di Cipro: I. Maestoso
Pafio e Mirra ossia I prigionieri di Cipro: II. Adagio - Allegro maestoso
Pafio e Mirra ossia I prigionieri di Cipro: III. Allegro - Larghetto - Allegro ma non tanto - Allegro spiritoso
Pafio e Mirra ossia I prigionieri di Cipro: IV. Andante maestoso - Andantino con moto - Allegro spiritoso
Pafio e Mirra ossia I prigionieri di Cipro: V. Non tanto allegro - Gavotta - Non tanto allegro
Der Rauchfangkehrer: Overture
Les Danaides: I. Overture
Les Danaides: II. Danse: Un poco adagio
Les Danaides: III. Danse: Un poco andante
Les Danaides: IV. Allegretto
Les Danaides: V. Allegretto
Les Danaides: VI. Allegro brillante
Les Danaides: VII. Pantomime: Andantino sostenuto
Les Horaces: Overture
Catalina: Overture

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