• CPO5553012 Katalognummer
  • 761203530120 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesår

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin

Griffiths, Howard

Offenbach, Jacques

Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin




Jacques Offenbach:
Musique symphonique et ballets d’Orphée aux Enfers:
Ouverture; Le Royaume de Neptune (L’Atlantide, Word Premier Recording);
Ballet pastoral; Divertissement des songes et des heures;
Ouverture de concert, Carl Binder


On his recently released Offenbach CD featuring some of this composer’s
unknown overtures, »Howard Griffiths is able to generate sparkling moments,
dramatic buildups of suspense, highly expressive lyrical designs, and
frequently suddenly occurring shifts of mood with absolutely outstanding
success« (klassik-heute.com). And the latest Offenbach interpretation by
Griffiths also does perfect justice to this composer’s highly effectively
instrumented and melodically very appealing music while transmitting
infectious zest for life. Orphée aux Enfers was Offenbach’s first
international success and perhaps his most performed opera throughout the
world – a landmark establishing a new genre known as the »Offenbachiade«
and standing for societal satire in the form of music theater. The present
CD offers the essence of the orchestral numbers and ballet inserts composed
for the version of Orpheus in the Underworld from 1874. The rediscovery of
the magnificent ballet L’Atlantide or Le Royaume de Neptune (The Realm of
Neptune) and its recording premiere on this CD qualify as nothing short of
sensational. Found under incredible circumstances by Jean-Christophe Keck
in an old storage box, this music from the recently published volume of
Keck’s Offenbach edition for Boosey & Hawkes / Bote & Bock accomplishes a
very important task ranking first on the list of every composer’s
desiderata by making available score material in its uncorrupted form.
These gems are finely orchestrated and filled with magical melodies!


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