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Auber: Overtures, Vol. 1 / Dorner, Orchestre de Cannes


Release Date: 06/10/2016 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8573553   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s amiable personality can be heard in music that reflected his own very particular Parisian elegance. His operas were hugely successful and their overtures as popular as those of Rossini and Suppé, appreciated as highly entertaining and for their vibrant energy and vast range of character. Auber could conjure the piety of nuns in Le Domino noir or the ferocity of Vesuvius’s eruption in La Muette de Portici; the splendor of glorious Venice in Haydée or the saucy sensuality of La Circassienne, and it is easy to hear how his name was once a byword for taste and universal affection. Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s amiable personality can be heard in music that reflected his own very particular Parisian elegance. His operas were hugely successful and their overtures as popular as those of Rossini and Suppé, appreciated as highly entertaining and for their vibrant energy and vast range of character. Auber could conjure the piety of nuns in Le Domino noir or the ferocity of Vesuvius’s eruption in La Muette de Portici; the splendor of glorious Venice in Haydée or the saucy sensuality of La Circassienne, and it is easy to hear how his name was once a byword for taste and universal affection. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
La circassienne: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1861 
2.
La cheval de bronze: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1835 
3.
Le domino noir: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; France 
4.
Fra Diavolo: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; France 
5.
La fiancée by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1829 
6.
Les diamants de la couronne: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841; France 
7.
Marco Spada: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
8.
L'enfant prodigue: Overture by Daniel-François Auber
Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1850; France 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 At last,! All the Auber Overtures June 24, 2016 By ben cutler (somerville, NJ) See All My Reviews "At last indeed! These works, properly performed are the equal of Rossini's. And Wolfgang Dorner is alert to the fleeting beauties of this works and plays them faithfully. If I seem hypercritical in my next comments it is no criticism of Dorner who is the best of modern interpreters of these glorious creations. The problem here is the lack of a remembered performance tradition to guide performers in these works. One only has to listen to the performances of the most popular four by Arthur Fiedler or Paul Paray to understand what I mean. What is missing from Dorner's, and everyone else's, performances of these works is the same excitement that is always found in performances of Rossini's overtures performed by almost anyone. But the performance tradition for Roissini has never truly died or changed. So what is this extra something that no one today remembers? Proper performance of these overtures benefits greatly by performing some passages in each overture at breakneck speeds. For example I believe that the Circassienne Overture would be truly exciting and reveal its beauties better if the music from 2:00 to 5:40 in this performance were performed about 25% faster. The result would engender a feeling of living on the edge which works so well with Rossini and which we all accept as 'right'. The trick is that there is no constant pattern of what should be breakneck and what should not be. The conductor has to decide which passages in each overture to ride hard and which not to. I hope Maestro Dorner reads this and figures how best to present the remaining 30 or so overtures created during Auber's Operatic Career. Even if he doesn't, these performances are must gets for anyone interested in supremely alert and often beautiful creations. I am happy to say ' ' ' ' Run, do not walk, to get these recordings." Report Abuse
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