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  • Performer: Neville Academy of St. Martin in the Fields | Marriner
  • Composer: Mendelssohn Felix
  • Audio CD (April 15 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Cap
  • ASIN: B001UUN9RK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #314,131 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
"Overtures" brings together 7 pieces by 7 different composers. The overtures on this CD are as follows: "Light Cavalry," by Franz von Suppe; "Der Freischutz," by Carl Maria von Weber; "The Merry Wives of Windsor," by Otto Nicolai; "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg," by Richard Wagner; "The Gipsy Baron," by Johann Strauss Jr.; "Orphee aux Enfers," by Jacques Offenbach; and "The Bartered Bride," by Bedrich Smetana.
Overall, this is a rich and diverse CD, full of excitement, playfulness, and gentleness. I especially loved the martial "Light Cavalry," with its stirring, heroic opening. "Merry Wives" is fun, and has a light, elegant touch. Wagner's "Meistersinger" makes me think that this composer has had a profound effect on classic Hollywood film scoring. And "Orpheus" has some truly lovely passages of ethereal beauty. This collection of overtures is really great.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa4d269a8) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa51ab174) out of 5 stars Classical beauty and power June 9 2002
By Michael J. Mazza - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Overtures" brings together 7 pieces by 7 different composers. The overtures on this CD are as follows: "Light Cavalry," by Franz von Suppe; "Der Freischutz," by Carl Maria von Weber; "The Merry Wives of Windsor," by Otto Nicolai; "Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg," by Richard Wagner; "The Gipsy Baron," by Johann Strauss Jr.; "Orphee aux Enfers," by Jacques Offenbach; and "The Bartered Bride," by Bedrich Smetana.
Overall, this is a rich and diverse CD, full of excitement, playfulness, and gentleness. I especially loved the martial "Light Cavalry," with its stirring, heroic opening. "Merry Wives" is fun, and has a light, elegant touch. Wagner's "Meistersinger" makes me think that this composer has had a profound effect on classic Hollywood film scoring. And "Orpheus" has some truly lovely passages of ethereal beauty. This collection of overtures is really great.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b4372c) out of 5 stars A very good collection July 15 1999
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
More often than not, the very tuneful and enjoyable Overtures of Felix Mendelssohn are used as fillers for his symphonic works that do not take up a fill disc. Now and then they also show up in a collection of Best or Favorite or Popular overtures; and very seldom on an offering of their own. Well, Capriccio has released a set of 8 <Overtüren> (10 708) played--surprisingly enough for this label--by the Academy of St Martin in the Fields under the baton of Neville Marriner. Here are the composer's "Trumpet Overture" [written at age 16!], the overtures to "Paul," "Ruy Blas," "Homecoming from Afar," "The Marriage of Comacho," "The Fair Melusine," "Still Sea and Fortunate Voyage," and "Overture for Wind Band Music." (No, not the thrice popular "Midsummer Night's Dream" or the turbulent and my personal favorite "The Hebrides.") This set is most welcome for the less frequently played pieces and I can recommend it highly not only for lovers of the Romantic period in musical history but for any one who likes good lively melodies that do not pretend to be anything deeper than they are. The notes are in the usual three languages and tersely informative. My thanks to Capriccio for this offering.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa504df9c) out of 5 stars excellent semi- neglected Mendelssohn Overtures Aug. 15 2012
By Jon Miller ('Kirk') - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I would guess that the target audience includes those less likely to own four of these overtures/preludes: Son and Stranger; Wedding of Camacho; Trumpet Overture; Paulus. The Abbado four cd Symphony set, which I haven't heard, omits Camacho, Paulus, and Son and Stranger but includes the Overture for Winds, MN Dream, and Hebrides. Dohnanyi includes the Overture and War March from Athalie in his group of four in his 4 cd Symphonies set (see my review). So the total appears to be: Paulus, Winds, Son and Stranger, Camacho , Athalie, Trumpet, Ruy Blas, Fair Melusine, Calm Seas, MN Dream, and Hebrides. Any additional Overtures?

This Marriner set is superb. The reduced orchestra provides welcome clarity and the four least played are worth hearing, especially Son and Stranger ( also recorded by Peter Maag) and Camacho. Ruy Blas, Fair Melusine, and Calm Seas are spirited, beautiful and (especially the Ruy Blas) powerful. Excepting the seven overtures on the Abbado set (on its way), here are some recommendations

Marriner: the seven overtures above
Maag: Hebrides, MN Dream, Calm Sea, Fair Melusina, Son and Stranger
Dohnanyi: Hebrides, MN Dream, Calm Sea, Athalie
Haitink: Hebrides, MN Dream, Calm Sea
Szell: Hebrides, MN Dream
Klemperer: Hebrides, MN Dream
Chmura: Ruy Blas, Fair Melusina, Calm Sea, Hebrides, MN Dream
Sawallisch: Ruy Blas
Schuricht: Ruy Blas, Fair Melusina
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa4b82d68) out of 5 stars Good Recording Aug. 28 2001
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This album is a good recording of Rossini's works, but don't get it if you are looking for the most energetic rendition of William Tell Overture, as that one track is played a bit understated. This is a great album to listen to after work to both unwind and maintain high energy at the same time. It is also good background music, with a variation in dynamic range that is large enough to keep you interested but not so great that you have to either adjust the volume or stop all other activity to hear the quiet pieces. Note that there are two Verdi pieces at the end of the CD.


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