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Franz von Suppé

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Born: April 18, 1819; Spalato, Croatia   Died: May 21, 1895; Vienna, Austria  
Composer Franz von Suppé -- in full, Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo, Cavaliere Suppé-Demelli -- was the leading light of Austrian operetta in the middle and late nineteenth century, enjoying a success that rivaled that of Frenchman Jacques Offenbach. Suppé's pedigree perhaps hinted at his promise as a composer of stage works: He was a distant relative to Italian opera luminary Gaetano Donizetti, who took an active hand in Suppé's education when Read more the budding composer's talent became evident.

Suppé was born in Spalato, Dalmatia (now Split, Croatia); his parents, who discouraged his musical career, were Austrians of Belgian extraction. Though he demonstrated compositional aptitude at a young age -- by the age of 13 he had written a Mass -- Suppé studied law in Italy. After his father's death, however, he returned to Austria with his mother and made several return visits to Italy, probably resulting from his contact with Donizetti. Steeped in the music of Rossini and Verdi, he brought a lifetime's reserve of Italianate melody to Vienna.

In 1841 Suppé produced a singspiel, Jung Lustig (Young and Merry), which launched his career as a composer of operetta and light concert music. In 1846 he wrote his most familiar work, Dichter und Bauer (Poet and Peasant), an overture to a now-forgotten stage play; though an agreeable concert staple today, it attracted little attention at the time of its composition. Suppé enjoyed his first flush of real success with The Country Girl (1847), which cemented his reputation in such locales as Vienna, Baden, and Pressburg (Bratislava). His popularity remained steady for decades; in the course of his career he produced a copious quantity of lively, attractive music, emerging in the process as the virtual godfather of Viennese operetta.

That most characteristic phase of Suppé's career began with Das Pensionat (The Boarding School), a work designed to provide a Viennese counterpart to the phenomenally successful French operettas of Jacques Offenbach. Offenbach's works had invaded Viennese theaters, but Suppé countered their influence with such works as Gervinus, Flotte Bursche (Jolly Lad), and Fatinitza, each of which was performed more than 100 times. His fame resulted in an invitation to visit the seemingly inhospitable climes of Wagner's first Bayreuth festival in 1876.

Aside from Poet and Peasant, Suppé's most enduring works include the Light Cavalry Overture (1866) and the operetta Boccaccio (1879), widely regarded as the composer's finest effort. His other music includes a Requiem, masses, symphonies, and various choral and vocal works. Read less
Suppé: Die Schöne Galathée / Eitler, Bogner, Heyn, Et Al
Release Date: 05/15/2001   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 999726   Number of Discs: 1
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Suppé: Fatinitza / Praxmarer, Houtzeel, Scheschareg, Et Al
Release Date: 08/28/2007   Label: Cpo  
Catalog: 777202   Number of Discs: 2
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    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
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    Herbert Von Karajan: 3 Classic Albums - Opera Orchestral Works
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002120102 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Gioachino Rossini,  Jacques Offenbach,  Charles Gounod  ... 
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    Overtures in Hi-Fi / Albert Wolff, Orchestre de L’Opera-Comique
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    Karajan 1951-1960: Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Wagner
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 633623 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Richard Strauss,  Richard Wagner,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
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    Don't Get Stressed, Get Straussed, Vol. 2
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91236 Release Date: 09/10/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss  ... 
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    Franz Von Suppe: Extremum Judicium
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777842 Release Date: 08/27/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Conductor:  Adriano Martinolli D'Arcy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Graz Philharmonic Orchestra,  Graz Opera Chorus
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    Richard Tucker - The Song And Cantorial Album Collection [14-CD Set]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544474 Release Date: 08/06/2013   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Ernesto De Curtis,  Emanuele Nutile,  Arturo Buzzi-Peccia,  Rodolfo Falvo  ... 
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    Best Of Pops / Arthur Fiedler, Boston Pops Orchestra
    Label: Dynamic   Catalog: 3580 Release Date: 07/02/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Leroy Anderson,  Victor Young,  Meredith Willson  ... 
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    Famous Overtures / Rozhdestvensky, Moscow Radio Symphony
    Label: Melodiya   Catalog: 1001662 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ambroise Thomas,  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Jules Massenet,  Edouard Lalo  ... 
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    Suppe: Requiem / Fajtova, Gottwald, Muzek, Schaller
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12061 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Performer:  Albert Pesendorfer,  Franziska Gottwald,  Marie Fajtová,  Tomislav Muzek
    Conductor:  Gerd Schaller
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Philharmonic Choir,  Philharmonie Festiva
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    New Year's Concert 2013 / Franz Welser-most, Vienna Philharmonic [blu-ray]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544222 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    New Year's Concert 2013 / Franz Welser-Most, Vienna Philharmonic [DVD]
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 544073 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Suppe: Overtures, Marches / Jarvi, Royal Scottish NO
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 5110 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé
    Conductor:  Neeme Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Legenden der Operette [10-CD Set]
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 166622 Release Date: 01/22/2013   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Karl Millöcker,  Leo Fall,  Eduard Künneke  ... 
    Performer:  Fritz Wunderlich,  Lisa Otto,  Rudolf Schock,  Liselotte Schmidt  ... 
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    New Year's Concert 2013 / Franz Welser-Most, Vienna Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 2103618 Release Date: 01/04/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Josef Strauss,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Franz von Suppé,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Conductor:  Franz Welser-Möst
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
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    100 Best Operetta
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 972635 Release Date: 11/19/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Various,  Franz Lehár,  Carl Zeller,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
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    From Bach To Wagner / Boult, London Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 35657 Release Date: 08/14/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert  ... 
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    Arturo Toscanini - The Complete RCA Collection [84 CDs + DVD]
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 791631 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 85
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Joseph Haydn  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  Nan Merriman,  Jan Peerce,  Norman Scott  ... 
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    New Year's Gala: Live From The Wiener Konzerthaus, 2010
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90798 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Josef Lanner,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna
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    New Year's Gala: Live From The Wiener Konzerthaus, 2010 DVD
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90800 Release Date: 07/10/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hans Christian Lumbye,  Josef Lanner,  Eduard Strauss,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Guth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Strauss Festival Orchestra Vienna
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  • 21.
    Label: Telarc Gold   Catalog: 80116 Release Date: 06/19/2012  
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber,  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Jacques Offenbach,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek  ... 
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    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 22.
    50 Best Overtures & Preludes
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27368 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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    Best Overtures 100
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 27333 Release Date: 05/22/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Conductor:  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Gianluigi Gelmetti,  Lamberto Gardelli,  Sir Colin Davis  ... 
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  • 24.
    Ballroom Classics / Willi Boskovsky, Wiener Johann Strauss Orchester
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56571 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Josef Strauss,  Eduard Strauss  ... 
    Conductor:  Willi Boskovsky
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Johann Strauss Orchestra Vienna,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Suppe, Bomtempo: Requiems  / Corboz, Gulbenkian Choir And Orchestra
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 2864 Release Date: 04/10/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Franz von Suppé,  Joao Domingos Bomtempo
    Conductor:  Michel Corboz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gulbenkian Foundation Symphony Orchestra Lisbon,  Gulbenkian Foundation Chorus Lisbon
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