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  • Audio CD (March 6, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Distribution
  • ASIN: B00000DNM7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Oberon, opera, J. 306: Adagio sostenuto-Allegro con fuoco
2. The Hebrides, overture for orchestra in B minor ('Fingal's Cave'), Op. 26
3. Les Francs-Juges, opera, H. 23a (fragments)
4. Genoveva, opera, Op. 81
5. Die Zauberharfe, melodrama, D. 644
6. Der fliegende Holländer (The Flying Dutchman), opera, WWV 63: Overture

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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Richford on June 11, 2005
The demise of Roger Norrington’s London Classical Players is to be greatly lamented. Following on from some great rediscoveries of Beethoven and Berlioz, Norrington went on, briefly, to explore romantic repertoire in historical performance practice. This CD gives a favorable impression of what could have been possible if the series had continued longer. As usual with the LCP, the music has been well-researched, and Norrington opts for the seating arrangements at the Leipzig Gewandhaus, with the second violins on the right and the lower string instruments in the center. This gives a transparent sound which enables one to follow all the detail as worked out from the original scores. The first three tracks on this recording, the Weber, the Mendelssohn and the Berlioz, are all excellent in every respect, although I found the volume of the recording a little low. The Berlioz overture has been re-released together with Berlioz’s “Symphonie fantastique” and gives a marvellous impression of the orchestration skills for which this composer was justly famous. The Weber and the Mendelssohn show forth equally the delicacy and mastery of their composers and are well worth the hearing in this unpompous performance. The next two tracks, Schumann’s overture to “Genoveva” and Schubert’s overture to “Die Zauberharfe” are, to my mind, minor works and do not come over so well as the other tracks on this recording, their chief merit being that they are otherwise seldom heard. The climax of the CD is, however, the “original” or “early” version of Wagner’s overture to the “Flying Dutchman”, a piece generally heard in Wagner’s late revision.Read more ›
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I pretty much endorse the views of the reviewer who preceded me here. These original instrument renditions of several Romantic era overtures are lithe and indeed transparent. My favorites of this set are the Oberon and Hebrides overtures, but then they are my favorite pieces of music from this group, period. Still the other works come off well in these renditions, and though out of print, at the time I write this new copies can be had for a very low price. A nice album.
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By Alan Majeska on December 1, 2014
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Good, but period instruments and ppp practices.

Norrington is more convincing in these overtures than in some works he recorded for EMI in the 1980s/90s. But, is you don't like the period instrument thing, look for other recordings.
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