Saturday, October 17, 2009

Weber - Overtures - Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra









Weber - Overtures - Sawallisch, Philharmonia Orchestra
Orchestral | Eac, flac, cue | log, cover | 1 CD, 238 MB
January 11, 2005 | EMI | RapidShare


I have not heard ALL the collections of Weber overtures made so far, but this one, under Sawallisch, is better than the ones made by Karajan, Jarvi and Roy Goodman (with the period-instrument Hanover Band), which are by no means inadequate. This one is simply better. In Sawallish's hands, these well-worn overtures sound fresh and exciting, partly because Weber's classical heritage as well as his forward-looking Romanticism are equally evident. The "con fuoco" themes of the Euryanthe and Oberon overtures are played with fiery ardour, while the ardent second subjects of the overtures are played with memorable tenderness. Der Beherrscher der Geister sounds like the orchestral tour de force it is, though not without a touch of mischievous humour. Sawallisch's handling of tempo changes is also equally impressive (try the fugato section from the Euryanthe overture), and he has a very fine ear for Weber's orchestral details. Only Keilberth in his studio recording of Der Freischutz comes up with an equally impressive reading of its overture, and only Gardiner gives a better performance of the one to Oberon. The lesser-known overtures are done with equal care (Sawallisch has recorded a complete Abu Hassan as well as Weber's two symphonies, and has an excellent understanding of Weber's development as a composer). Jarvi's recording of the overtures suffer, in general, from poor sound, though a number of his performances (such as that of Silvana and Der Freischutz) are actually very good indeed. In comparison, Karajan's set sounds rather glossy, and lacks either the completeness of Jarvi or the idiomatic warmth of Sawallisch. This record is among Sawallisch's very best, fully at par with his excellent set of the Schumann symphonies.--Amazon


CD Content

Euryanthe, opera, J. 291, (Op. 81) Overture
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Der Beherrscher der Geister (The Ruler of the Spirits), overture for orchestra, J. 122 (Op. 27) (revision of overture to Rübezahl) Overture
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Abu Hassan, overture to the opera
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Jubel-Ouvertüre for orchestra in E major, J. 245 (Op. 59)
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Der Freischütz, opera, J. 277 (Op. 77) Overture
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Preciosa, incidental music for soloist, chorus & orchestra, J. 279 (Op. 78) Overture
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

Oberon, overture to the opera
Composed by Carl Maria von Weber
Performed by London Philharmonia Orchestra
Conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch

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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this wonderful upload, but I think you should warn people that one of the files, Preciosa, is defective. It's rather easy to repair though with a program like Audacious.

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  2. Yes, these are very fine interpretations. Sadly, I have found that track number 4, Jubel overture, is defective too. Would you reupload the album? Could you please include information about the recording dates? I find that to be an absolutely essential piece of information to understand, judge and enjoy any classical music perfomance. Thanks for all your uploads, your Wicked Wickham.

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  3. It is fixed now...

    http://rapidshare.com/files/313998107/WOSPO.txt.html

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