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Rossini, Mozart, Beethoven / London Chamber Orchestra

Rossini / Mozart / London Chamber Orch / Green
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Signum U.k.   Catalog #: 201   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Gioachino RossiniWolfgang Amadeus MozartLudwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Susan Gritton
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



MOZART Symphony No. 1; Le nozze di Figaro: 3 Exerpts 1; Adagio and Fugue, K 546. ROSSINI La scala di seta: Overture. BEETHOVEN Ah! Perfido 1 Christopher Warren-Green, cond; London CO; 1 Susan Gritton (sop) Read more SIGNUM SIGCD201 (51:58) Live: London 2-4/2007


Excellent musicianship pervades these presumably live performances—the only indication of an audience being present is the applause that greets the conclusion of the Mozart and Beethoven vocal pieces.


Rossini’s early one-act opera The Silken Ladder ( La scala di seta ) opens this CD concert with its humorous, representative overture, but the form is a stand-alone symphonic piece rather than a synopsis of what’s to come in the opera. The overture is a pleasant piece of music, and is indicative of the Rossini opera pleasantries that were to follow in the years to come.


Mozart’s First Symphony is from the pen of an eight-year-old, but is more like what might be expected from an 18th-century college-age conservatory student. What is most interesting is the four-note horn passage that frequents the second movement, which is probably the first appearance of that famous motif that also opens the last movement of the “Jupiter” Symphony, and which is found in the first-movement development section of the Symphony No. 33 (K 319), in the opening of the final-movement fugue of the G-Major String Quartet (K 387), and in the first-movement development section of the E?-Piano and Violin Sonata (K 481).


The three Le nozze excerpts—opening act II, “Porgi amor” and, from act III, “E Susanna non vien!” (recitative) directly followed by “Dove sono”—display Susan Gritton’s rich and appropriately dramatic voice. Gritton studied botany at Oxford and London universities before fully planting herself in music and embarking on a successful operatic career.


Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue of K 546 is offered in a string-orchestra version of the more familiar string quartet version. The fugue was originally for two pianos (K 426) but the entire piece seems to have been intended for string orchestra.


Beethoven’s freestanding operatic aria of op. 65, Ah! Perfido , is given a strong performance by the conductor, the orchestra, and especially by Gritton. Beethoven did not write vocal music that was vocally attractive, with the exception of Ah! Perfido . This, of course, is a strictly personal judgment.


Finally, plaudits go to conductor Christopher Warren-Green and the London Chamber Orchestra. Warren-Green is music director of the orchestra and has conducted major orchestras throughout Europe. In September 2010, he will become music director of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. This is a disc worth having, especially for Mozart’s first symphonic effort with its famous four-note passage and for Beethoven’s Ah! Perfido.


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Works on This Recording

1.
La scala di seta: Overture by Gioachino Rossini
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1812; Italy 
2.
Symphony no 1 in E flat major, K 16 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1764; London, England 
3.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Porgi, amor, qualche ristoro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
4.
Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: E Susanna non vien...Dove sono by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
5.
Adagio and Fugue for Strings in C minor, K 546 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
6.
Ah, Perfido!, Op. 65 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Susan Gritton (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christopher Warren-Green
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795-1796; Vienna, Austria 

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