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Suppe: Overtures, Marches / Jarvi, Royal Scottish NO

Suppe / Royal Scottish National Orchestra / Jarvi
Release Date: 01/29/2013 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 5110   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 20 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



SUPPÉ Overtures: Leichte Kavallerie; Boccaccio; Pique-Dame; Dichter und Bauer; Das Modell; Isabella; Die schöne Galathée; Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Aband in Wien. Boccaccio-Marsch. Humoristische Variationen. Marziale nach Motiven aus der Operette “Fatinitza.” Über Berg, über Thal. Juanita-Marsch Neeme Järvi, cond; Royal Scottish Natl O CHANDOS 5110 (SACD: 79: 42)


If your familiarity with Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere Read more Suppé Demelli (Franz von Suppé to most of us) is limited to the Overtures to Light Cavalry and Poet and Peasant , then this disc is for you. It can be summed up in two words: GREAT FUN! Thirteen numbers spanning half a century (1844-1895) make up this 80-minute program, and few will disappoint. Right from the opening trumpet fanfare of Light Cavalry —bright, boisterous, splendidly assured—one senses that this disc is going to be a total delight. Tight rhythms, crisp articulation, immense verve, and Chandos’s vividly brilliant sound inform every number.


Unless you are already a die-hard Suppé fan, there are bound to be joyful surprises at every turn. The coda to the Queen of Spades Overture will have you positively jumping out of your seat and cheering with exhilaration. The March after Motifs from Fatinitza (arranged by the 20th-century Max Schönherr) is curiously reminiscent of the March from Beethoven’s Ruins of Athens . Listeners who know Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture will recognize one of its themes in the Humorous Variations , although it should be remembered that Suppé’s overture preceded Brahms’s by more than 30 years. And make no mistake, there is humor aplenty in Suppé’s work.


Exclusively Suppé discs are not common. Those that exist are almost all devoted only to the overtures, and I haven’t found any released since 2001, when Marco Polo issued Vol. 6 of its Suppé Overtures series (Volumes 1, 2, 4, and 5 have been reviewed in Fanfare 18:4, 18:6, 19:4, and 22:6). That makes the present item under consideration all the more welcome as it includes four marches and a variation set in addition to eight overtures, some well known, others not.


Extensive program notes by Calum MacDonald about each work add further sparkle to this outstanding release. Definitely a Want List candidate.


FANFARE: Robert Markow
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Works on This Recording

1. Die leichte Kavallerie: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1866; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
2. Boccaccio: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 6 Minutes 53 Secs. 
3. Boccaccio: Marsch by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1879 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 2 Minutes 41 Secs. 
4. Die Kartenschlägerin "Queen of Spades": Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1862; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 6 Minutes 51 Secs. 
5. Comic variations on the beloved foxsong "Was kommt dort von der Höh?" by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 18th Century 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
6. Dichter und Bauer: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1846; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 9 Minutes 31 Secs. 
7. Fatinitza: Marziale nach Motiven by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1876; Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 4 Minutes 28 Secs. 
8. Das Modell: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1895; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 6 Minutes 39 Secs. 
9. Uber Berg, Uber Tal by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
10. Isabella: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1869; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 7 Minutes 34 Secs. 
11. Die schöne Galatea: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1865; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 6 Minutes 55 Secs. 
12. Donna Juanita: March by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1880; Vienna, Austria 
13. Ein Morgen, ein Mittag und ein Abend in Wien: Overture by Franz von Suppé
Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1844; Vienna, Austria 
Venue:  Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow 
Length: 8 Minutes 10 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Leichte Kavallerie (Light Cavalry): Overture
Boccaccio: Overture
Boccaccio: Act III: March
Die Kartenschlagerin, oder Pique Dame (Queen of Spades): Overture
Humoristische Variationen uber das beleibte Fuchslied Was kommt dort von der Hoh?
Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant): Overture
Fatinitza: March
Das Modell (The Model): Overture
Uber Berg, Uber Tal
Isabella: Overture
Die schone Galathee (The Beautiful Galatea): Overture
Donna Juanita: March
Ein Morgen, Mittag und Abend in Wien (Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna): Overture

Customer Reviews

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 You just can't go wrong March 9, 2013 By Richard H. (Glendale, AZ) See All My Reviews "Can you possibly have a complete library without these light classics? Suppe was a great composer of marches and overtures and holds an honorable place in my collection. The performance here is first rate and it gets plenty of playing time. I recommend this recording to all classical music collectors." Report Abuse
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