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Salieri: Overtures / Dittrich, Slovak Radio So (Bratislava)


Release Date: 05/16/2000 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8554838   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 58 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

What if there hadn't been a Mozart? Although this is an intriguing question for classical music lovers to debate and scholars to ponder, the fact is we'd be paying far more serious--and deserved--attention to Haydn, and beyond that we'd be stuck with the mediocre, very much of-its-time work of composers such as Antonio Salieri. Given all the discussion, much of it sheer nonsense, regarding the Mozart/Salieri rivalry, just a brief listen to any of these 12 overtures tells you what you already know: the monster talent/genius of Mozart had not a whit to fear from the competent Italian technician who was most widely respected for his pedagogical skills (Beethoven, Czerny, Schubert). Of course, the reality of the time and place dictated certain Read more conditions of privilege and position, conferred by circumstances more political than artistically meritorious. Salieri undoubtedly was highly regarded and enjoyed a prominent position in Viennese musical circles, and he was talented, especially in the creation of a certain style of opera that audiences of the time literally ate up. Indeed, in the works on this program Salieri shows a certain dramatic flair, as in the opening of La Grotta di Trofonio--but with a few strokes of the pen, à la Don Giovanni, Mozart wiped out Salieri's best efforts in this genre. This takes nothing away from the very steady and polished musicians of the Slovak Radio Symphony, nor from Michael Dittrich's committed direction. Together they make the most of the music's considerable rhythmic energy, pleasant melodies, and frequent mood shifts typical of the style.

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

1. Il talismano: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2. Eraclito e Democrito: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
3. Cesare in Farmacusa: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 4 Minutes 43 Secs. 
4. Il ricco d'un giorno: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
5. La secchia rapita: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 6 Minutes 15 Secs. 
6. Axur, Re d'Ormus: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787-1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
7. Les Danaides: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1784; Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 42 Secs. 
8. Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamace: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1770; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 6 Minutes 58 Secs. 
9. La grotta di Trofonio: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 35 Secs. 
10. Il moro: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1991 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 2 Minutes 47 Secs. 
11. Armida: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1771; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 51 Secs. 
12. L'Angiolina, ossia Il matrimonio per sussurro: Overture by Antonio Salieri
Conductor:  Michael Dittrich
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bratislava Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1800; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1992 
Venue:  Slovak Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 5 Minutes 3 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Il Talismano
Eraclito e Democrito: Eraclito e Domocrito
Cesare in Farmacusa
Il Ricco d'un giorno
La Secchia rapita
Axur, Re d'Ormus
Les Danaides
Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Garmace: Don Chisciotte alle nozze di Gamace
La Grotta di Trofonio
Il Moro
Armida
L'Angiolina

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