26 September 2012

Mozart: Overtures - Alessandrini

EAC | APE + CUE | Covers | 354 Mb

Date CD: August 25, 2009 | Naive | 66:37

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 Strictly speaking, the CD title “Mozart Overtures” is a misnomer, and rarely have I been so happy to discover a misleading label. One overture after another can make for fatiguing listening, no matter how indisputable the quality of the music and performances. The principal reason for them is to serve as a curtain raiser in a drama, although naturally Mozart elevated the form as he did for nearly everything he touched. There are only so many attention grabbers one’s ear can fully absorb in the space of an hour.

All of the concert favorites are here, but they are wisely and generously interspersed with overtures from lesser-known operas, and more important, 10 other brief instrumental movements from operas both famous and obscure. With rare exceptions, I’m not in the habit of listening to a succession of short movements with little or no relationship to each other (we have pop music for that), but this thoughtfully assembled and bracingly performed collection is hard to resist. 


La clemenza di Tito: Overture
Le nozze di Figaro: Sinfonia. Marcia
Die Zauberflöte: Overture
Marsch der Priester
Die Entführung aus dem Serail: Overture
Der Schauspieldirektor: Overture
Idomeneo: Overture; Marcia; Passepied; Pas seul de Monsieur Legrand; Largo
Mitridate: Overture (allegro); Overture (andante grazioso); Overture (presto); Marcia
Don Giovanni: Overture
Les petits riens: Overture
Bastien und Bastienne: Overture
Così fan tutte: Overture
La clemenza di Tito: Marcia

Norwegian National Opera Orchestra
Conductor:  Rinaldo Alessandrini

I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...


Anonymous said...

Good one, thanks a lot!+

Denis Amadeus said...

much, much obliged and appreciated.