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SCHUBERT, F.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1 (Prague Sinfonia, Benda)

The Classical Shop
release date: April 2009

Recorded in 24 Bit / 96Khz


Artists:

Christian Benda



Engineer:

Karel Soulenik


Vaclav Roubal



Record Label
Naxos

Genre:

Classical




Total Time - 63:08
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FRANZ SCHUBERT

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1 

Der Teufel als Hydraulicus, D. 4: Overture

3:38
     
2 

Der Spiegelritter, D. 11: Overture

8:32
     
3 

Overture in D major, D. 12

8:16
     
4 

Overture in D major, D. 26

6:36
     
5 

Des Teufels Lustschloss, D. 84: Overture

9:04
     
6 

Der vierjahrige Posten, D. 190: Overture

7:22
     
7 

Claudine von Villa Bella, D. 239: Overture

7:56
     
8 

Die Freunde von Salamanka, D. 326: Overture

5:54
     
9 

Overture in B flat major, D. 470

5:50
 Christian Benda


Revered for his incomparable Lieder , Franz Schubert was also an avid opera-goer who yearned, largely in vain, for success as a composer of stage works. This disc features several of his less familiar early overtures, from Der Spiegelritter and Der Teufel als Hydraulicus (circa 1811/2) and his first completed opera, the Medieval fantasy Des Teufels Lustschloß (1813/4), to the Overture in B flat (1816). It is hard to believe that such accomplished and effective music was the work of a teenager.

 "I am a huge fan of Franz Schubert’s music, so I was delighted by the new Naxos release of Vol. 1 of his complete overtures . Contained therein are nine spirited works from his teenage years—concert and opera overtures that are mostly unfamiliar, but are great fun. I do not mean this as a condescending remark; Schubert’s preternatural genius was already on display in his teen years. The overtures are performed with wonderful verve by the Prague Sinfonia, under Christian Benda."

 
Robert R Reilly - InsideCatholic.com - January 2009

"You may feel drawn to this disc out of a sense of duty. You know that you ought to know more of Schubert’s overtures than the so-called “Rosamunde” or the Overtures in the Italian Style. So you put this disc on—and are immediately transported with a sense of sheer delight. What is more, this continues throughout the disc as one engaging work follows another. At the end you pour yourself another cup of Earl Grey and start again. Well, at least that was my experience…The notes by Keith Anderson helpfully explain the origins of each Overture, but I doubt whether you would be able to distinguish which is which without those notes. They are however unfailingly attractive, most with slow introductions followed by sonata-form movements. If you enjoy Schubert’s first three Symphonies, you will certainly enjoy these pieces which are very much in a similar vein and with similar virtues, especially in respect of the very characteristic scoring. Over and over again the listener will find themselves delighted by a turn of phrase, an unexpected harmony or deft orchestration. Although clearly this is essentially down to the composer, much of the pleasure of the disc is also due to the bright but affectionate performances by the Prague Sinfonia, an expanded version of the Prague Chamber Orchestra. Christian Benda comes from a very distinguished family of Czech musicians and directs performances that are just right for these pieces, avoiding on the one hand blandness and on the other excessive point making. The recording quality is clear and full.You will have gathered by now that I have had considerable pleasure from this disc. Completeness can be a mixed blessing, but on this occasion I am very glad that Naxos have decided to do this in respect of a category as unexpected as Schubert’s Overtures."
 
John Sheppard - MusicWeb-International.com - March 2009

"I certainly hope Naxos intends to follow through—you can never have too many Schubert overtures!…From the very opening measures it’s clear the Prague players relish these sun-lit and tuneful pieces and respond with great enthusiasm and affection to the taut leadership of their chief conductor and artistic director, Christian Benda. (Yes, he’s a descendant of the prominent 18th Century Czech Bendas, and in fact—as our Index shows—he has recorded several works by that noble dynasty.) Tempos seemed spot-on—never rushed or too aggressive…With a little modest dial twiddling the moderately sized Prague forces as captured by the expert Czech engineers actually sounded quite room-filling…but at the Naxos price you really can’t go wrong with this treasurable Schubert bouquet. Volume 2 can’t come too soon for me!"

Steven J Haller - American Record Guide - May 2009 




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