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German Overtures

Felix Mendelssohn , Carl Maria von Weber , Otto Nicolai , Heinrich August Marschner , Richard Wagner , Christian Thielemann , Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 21: OvertureChristian Thielemann13:08Album Only
listen  2. Weber: Euryanthe - OvertureChristian Thielemann 8:35Album Only
listen  3. Weber: Oberon - OvertureChristian Thielemann10:15Album Only
listen  4. Mendelssohn: The Hebrides, Op.26 (Fingal's Cave) - Allegro moderatoChristian Thielemann10:21Album Only
listen  5. Nicolai: The Merry Wives of Windsor (Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor) - OvertureChristian Thielemann 8:49Album Only
listen  6. Marschner: Hans Heiling - OvertureChristian Thielemann 8:29Album Only
listen  7. Wagner: Rienzi - OvertureChristian Thielemann11:42Album Only

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Composer: Felix Mendelssohn, Carl Maria von Weber, Otto Nicolai, Heinrich August Marschner, Richard Wagner
  • Audio CD (November 8, 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deutsche Grammophon
  • ASIN: B0003HCXPA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,708 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant November 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
An excellent CD all round.

Besides the great Mendelssohn (Midsummer ND, Calm Sea) and Wagner (Rienzi) overtures, the lesser known overtures by Weber et al are really great examples of German Romantic overtures.

Beautifully played by VPO and the sound is excellent -- can hear some extra inner bits in Rienzi not often heard in other recordings (and I have heaps of that wonderful early Wagner overture!).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Polished, light Romantics that needn't be so cautious November 12, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It's become a hallmark of Thielemann's to offer something different in German classics. Here he gives us a tour of Overtures 101 from Weber to Wagner, including beloved works that will never go out of favor no matter how often they are repeated. His take is to bleach a good deal of the fervent, passionate feelings out of the music. Thus The Oberon and Euryanthe Over. of Weber become much closer to Mendelsoohn, and Mendelssohn lite at that. The Vienna Phil. follows his lead with exceptionally delicacy and elegance. After one or two selections I yearned for more thrust and weight, but of their kind these are lovely readings, and one piece unknown even to experienced listeners outside Germany, Marschner's Hans Heiling, comes as a nice surprise in the vein of Weber, at times suggesting the maghical Wolf's Glen music from Freischutz before flitting off in the direction of Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor.

To be candid, I'm running out of confidence that Thielemann has it in him to be a great conductor, but there's no doubt that he's a real musician in these works.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German Overtures Rule ! January 29, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Purchased this item as a gift - since 2 of the overtures included had been requested by the recipient.
The disc was first rate throughout & much appreciated by the person who received it. It was a tad
"pricey" in my estimation, but it arrived promptly & in excellent condition - as well as giving much joy
to the recipient
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