Daniel-François Auber


Born: January 29, 1782; Caen, France   Died: May 13, 1871; Paris, France  
A dominant figure in nineteenth century French opera, Auber was born to a royal huntsman in the Normandy region. Auber demonstrated facility at the keyboard as a child, and by 1799 he had produced a string quartet that demonstrated his awareness of emerging Romantic styles. Auber's first one-act stage work, Julie, reached the stage in an amateur performance in 1805; in 1811, Italian composer Luigi Cherubini saw a revised version and agreed to Read more take Auber under his wing. A string of failures led Auber to abandon composition around 1813, but in 1819, Auber's father died bankrupt, and Auber turned back to composition as means of self-preservation. The following year, Auber enjoyed his first hit, Le bergère châtelaine.

In 1823, Auber met playwright Eugène Scribe, and their joint reign may be compared with that of Gilbert and Sullivan in England. Their first major hit, Le Maçon, appeared in 1825, and with it began "the golden age of the Opéra comique." In 1828, Auber and Scribe fulfilled a commission from the Académie Royale de Musique with La muette de portici, known in English-speaking lands as Masaniello. This grand opera, dealing with a seventeenth century Neapolitan revolt, was so effective that it provided a catalyst for a successful Belgian insurrection against Dutch occupation in 1830. That year, Auber and Scribe introduced Fra Diavolo, with its comic tale of banditry; this touched off an entire subgenre of comic bandit operas. In 1833, the partnership launched another grand opera, Gustave III; an Italian translation of Scribe's libretto later served as the basis for Verdi's Un Ballo in Maschera. Le Domino Noir of 1837 was the Auber/Scribe work most frequently revived in its own century, achieving 1,209 performances by 1909.

In 1842, Auber was named head of the Paris Conservatoire. He helped to build up this institution considerably over his 30-year tenure, enlarging the composition, piano, and orchestral instrument departments. In 1861, Scribe died, and Auber produced only two more operas afterward. The second of these, Rêve d'amour, was his final hit, produced in 1869 when Auber was 87 years old. In 1870, the Franco-Prussian War broke out, and Auber resigned from his post at the Conservatoire so that its building might be converted into a hospital. The aged composer did not long survive the horrors and privations of the Paris Commune, and died at age 89 in the midst of the German occupation.

For the next four decades, several of Auber's operas held the stage in Paris and elsewhere. Even early phonograph records testify to his tremendous popularity; witness Ellen Beach Yaw's recording of "C'est l'histoire amoureuse" (Manon Lescaut), made for the Gramophone & Typewriter company in London in 1898. By 1910, however, Auber's work was dropping from even the French repertory, with only Fra Diavolo keeping a tenuous hold. Changing times and tastes led to the neglect of Auber's music, with the exception of some of his overtures, in particular that for Les Diamants de la couronne (The Crown Jewels). Rossini accurately evaluated Auber's compositions as "little music, but by a great musician" Auber was the recipient of praise from kings, emperors, and eminent men of learning, and five biographies of him appeared during his own lifetime.

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    The Originals, Vol. 2
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002534902 Release Date: 09/09/2016   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Béla Bartók,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Helmut Walcha,  Nathan Milstein,  Géza Anda,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Ferenc Fricsay,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Eugen Jochum,  Wolfgang Schneiderhan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Auber: Overtures, Vol. 1 / Dorner, Orchestre de Cannes
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573553 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber
    Conductor:  Wolfgang Dorner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cannes Regional Orchestra
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    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002403602 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Pérotin,  Guillaume de Machaut,  John Dunstable  ... 
    Performer:  Konrad Ragossnig,  Charles [Tenor Vocals] Daniels,  Susan Gritton,  Trevor Pinnock  ... 
    Conductor:  Pater Godehard Joppich,  David Munrow,  Josef Ulsamer,  Bruno Turner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Early Music Consort of London,  Ulsamer-Collegium,  Pro Cantione Antiqua  ... 
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    Great Comedy Overtures  / Friedel,   Scottish National Orchestra [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 43 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Otto Nicolai,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Ambroise Thomas,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek  ... 
    Conductor:  Lance Friedel
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    Great Comedy Overtures / Friedel, Royal Scottish
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573418 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Otto Nicolai,  Ermanno Wolf-Ferrari,  Ambroise Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Lance Friedel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Scottish National Orchestra
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    Auber: Marco Spada / Hallberg, Obraztsova, Smirnova, Bogorad, Bolshoi Ballet
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber
    Conductor:  Alexy Bogorad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Auber: Marco Spada / Hallberg, Obraztsova, Smirnova, Bogorad, Bolshoi Ballet [blu-ray]
    Label: Bel Air Classiques   Catalog: 413 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber
    Conductor:  Alexy Bogorad
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    Overtures in Hi-Fi / Albert Wolff, Orchestre de L’Opera-Comique
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002069202 Release Date: 06/03/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Hector Berlioz,  Adolphe Adam,  Louis Ferdinand Herold  ... 
    Conductor:  Albert Wolff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paris Opéra Comique Orchestra,  Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
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    Magdalena  Kozena -  Three Classic Albums
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001999702 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Traditional,  Leos Janácek,  Antonín Dvorák,  Erwin Schulhoff  ... 
    Performer:  Magdalena Kozená,  Malcolm Martineau,  Michael Freimuth,  Dorothea Röschmann  ... 
    Conductor:  Reinhard Goebel,  Marc Minkowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Musica Antiqua Cologne,  Mahler Chamber Orchestra,  Choeur des Musiciens du Louvre
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    Auber: La Muette De Portici / Hermus, Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau
    Label: Cpo   Catalog: 777694 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber
    Performer:  Wiard Witholt,  Angelina Ruzzafante,  Oscar De La Torre,  Diego Torre
    Conductor:  Antony Hermus
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Anhaltische Philharmonie Dessau,  Anhaltische Theater Opera Chorus
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Label: Telarc Gold   Catalog: 80116 Release Date: 06/19/2012  
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber,  Louis Ferdinand Herold,  Jacques Offenbach,  E. Nikolaus von Reznicek  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11190 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Jacques Offenbach,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Conductor:  Lowell E. Graham
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    Famous Overtures
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300249 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Georges Bizet,  Luigi Cherubini  ... 
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    Eduard Habich - Recordings 1910-1931
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10098 Release Date: 12/06/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Carl Maria von Weber,  Wilhelm Kienzl,  Albert Lortzing  ... 
    Performer:  Lauritz Melchior,  Florence Easton,  Eduard Habich,  Heinrich Tessmer  ... 
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    Jean Noté - Recordings 1899-1917
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10170 Release Date: 11/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Gaetano Donizetti,  Jacques Halévy,  Eugeno Diaz de la Peña  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Noté,  Yvonne Gall,  Charles Fontaine,  Agustarello Affre  ... 
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    Karin Branzell & Martin Oehmann - Recordings 1924-1929
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10037 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wilhelm Kienzl,  Richard Wagner,  Daniel-François Auber,  Georges Bizet  ... 
    Performer:  Karin Branzell,  Carl Martin Oehmann
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    Vina Bovy & Louis Morrisson - Recordings 1925-1948
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10036 Release Date: 11/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ernest Reyer,  Pietro Mascagni,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Morrisson,  Bourvil,  Raoul Jobin,  Vina Bovy  ... 
    Conductor:  André Cluytens
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    Frieda Hempel Vol 2 - Donizetti, Meyerbeer, Bizet, Gounod
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10107 Release Date: 10/29/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Daniel-François Auber,  Giacomo Meyerbeer,  Charles Gounod,  Félicien César David  ... 
    Performer:  Frieda Hempel,  Hermann Jadlowker
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    Margherita Carosio & Luigi Fort - Recordings 1930-1949
    Label: Hafg   Catalog: 10086 Release Date: 10/15/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franco Vittadini,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Daniel-François Auber  ... 
    Performer:  Luigi Fort,  Leo Picciòli,  Margherita Carosio
    Conductor:  L. E. Gennai
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    Famous French Overtures / Ansermet, L'orchestre De La Suisse Romande
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425083 Release Date: 06/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Ambroise Thomas,  François Boieldieu,  Louis Ferdinand Herold  ... 
    Conductor:  Ernest Ansermet
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra
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  • 23.
    The Classical #1's
    Label: Aao Music   Catalog: 22092 Release Date: 05/18/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
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    Icon: Nicolai Gedda - Lyric Poet of the Tenor Voice
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 56095 Release Date: 03/23/2010   Number of Discs: 11
    Composer:  Joaquin Turina,  Ottorino Respighi,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Nicolai Gedda,  Gerald Moore,  Jan Eyron,  Aldo Ciccolini  ... 
    Conductor:  Lonya Kolbouss,  Robert Stolz,  Willy Mattes,  Willi Boskovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian Men's Chorus,  Balalaika Orchestra,  Graunke Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    A Festival Of Ballet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 67063 Release Date: 01/26/2010   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Gustav Holst,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Modest Mussorgsky  ... 
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Susan Bickley,  Lorraine Hunt Lieberson,  Catherine Pierard  ... 
    Conductor:  Rudolf Kempe,  André Previn,  Paavo Järvi,  Sir Charles Mackerras  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Staatskapelle,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Radio France Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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