• CPO5552752 Katalognummer
  • 761203527526 EAN
  • CD Format
  • 2019 Utgivelsesr

Griffiths, Howard

Griffiths, Howard

Offenbach, Jacques

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt



Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
Folies symphoniques:

Ouvertures des operas bouffes et comiques:
Les Bavards, Les Bergers, Le Roi Carotte (Entracte de l’acte IV, L‘orage),
Monsieur Choufleuri restera chez lui, le..., Les Brigands, Ba-Ta-Clan,
Geneviève de Brabant (Ouverture et Entracte de l‘acte III), Monsieur et
Madame Denis, La Créole, La Princesse de Trébizonde, Madame Favart,
L’Île de Tulipatan

Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Frankfurt
Howard Griffiths


As Adolf Tegtmeier, the alter ego of Jürgen von Manger, knew quite well,
overtures exercise an important function in the opera: »They begin, you
see, right off with the curtain and start by playing all the melodies in a
row, everything that happens to come up later. But this is just to give you
the chance to familiarize yourself with the music. And of course it’s
important … so that later on you don’t get such a big shock.« The
orchestral overtures brought together on the present recording make the
listener eager to hear each of the particular works following them. Even
those who do not recognize the fine details of their design will enjoy the
inexhaustible wealth of their melodies, the irresistible rhythms and
lyricisms, and the skilled details of their instrumentation. In their
entirety the works on this CD invite us to approach Jacques Offenbach’s
sumptuous oeuvre by way of unknown paths on the occasion of the two
hundredth anniversary of his birth – without having to worry about »later
getting such a big shock.«


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