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Schubert: Complete Overtures, Vol. 2 / Benda, Prague Sinfonia


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8570329   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 4 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

As this second volume of overtures shows, there really is quite a bit of little-known Schubert orchestral music. Perhaps the biggest discovery for many listeners will be the turbulent Overture in E minor, but there are more than a few substantial pieces here. The two Overtures in the Italian Style are delightful, and so true to their models, and all of the music here is very well played and recorded. Benda and the Prague Sinfonia deliver a particularly vivacious account of the Rosamunde Overture, just the opposite of the thick and heavy "German" approach that we so often hear, while Fierabras also has plenty of energy. The sonics capture the players very naturally, with nicely present woodwinds and excellent balances between brass Read more and strings. No qualms here: Go for it.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com

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SCHUBERT Overtures: in D, D 556; in e, D 648; In the Italian Style: in D; In C; Rosamunde, D 644; The Twin Brothers; Rosamunde, D 732; The Conspirators—Domestic Warfare; Fierabras Christian Benda, cond; Prague Snf NAXOS 8.570329 (64:28)


Volume 2 in a series tagged “Complete Overtures,” this release contains music that, save for the familiar Rosamunde Overture and the two “ín the Italian style,” is comparatively unfamiliar. In general, if not always, comprising top-drawer Schubert, it nonetheless abounds in traits that stamp his genius: an exceptional gift for melody, a prevailing lyric buoyancy, and occasional ventures—especially in some slow introductions—that offer haunting harmonic excursions into dark areas. All of these traits emerge in these fine performances, at once unmannered, animated but unhurried, and benefitting from transparent orchestral textures and a sonority that is never too weighty. Certainly for those who care about Schubert (which should encompass at least 99 percent of our readership), this is a disc well worth acquiring, especially at its bargain price. The sound throughout is first-rate.

-- FANFARE: Mortimer H. Frank
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Works on This Recording

1.
Overture in D major, D 556 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 48 Secs. 
2.
Overture in D major, D 590 "In the Italian style" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 54 Secs. 
3.
Overture in C major, D 591/Op. 170 "In the Italian Style" by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 7 Minutes 26 Secs. 
4.
Overture in E minor, D 648 by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 12 Secs. 
5.
Die Zauberharfe, D 644: Overture by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1820; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 10 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Die Zwillingsbrüder, D 647: Overture by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1819; Vienna, Austria 
7.
Alfonso und Estrella, D 732: Overture by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1821; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 5 Minutes 48 Secs. 
8.
Die Verschworenen, D 787 "Der haüsliche Krieg": Overture by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: ?1822-1823; Vienna, Austria 
9.
Fierrabras, D 796: Overture by Franz Schubert
Conductor:  Christian Benda
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Sinfonia
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1823; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 49 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Overture in D major, D. 556
Overture in D major, D. 590, "im italienischen Stile" (In the Italian Style): Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D. 590
Overture in D major, D. 591, "im italienischen Stile" (In the Italian Style): Overture in the Italian Style in D major, D. 591
Die Zauberharfe, D. 644: Overture, "Rosamunde"
Die Zwillingsbruder, D. 647: Overture
Overture in E minor, D. 648
Alfonso und Estrella, D. 732: Overture, "Rosamunde"
Die Verschworenen (Der hausliche Krieg), D. 787: Overture
Fierrabras, D. 796: Overture

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