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Richard Bonynge - Auber: Orchestral And Theatre Works (CD DOUBLE SLIMLINE CASE)

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Newly compiled from several Decca recordings made between 1964 and 1988, this portrait of Auber was created at Richard Bonynge’sspecific request and supervised by him. Most substantial of these recordings is the ballet version which Auber made from his opera Marco Spada: 65 minutes of scintillating dance music, in the adaptation made by Richard Bonyngefor the purpose of the recording.


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Newly compiled from several Decca recordings made between 1964 and 1988, this portrait of Auber was created at Richard Bonynge’sspecific request and supervised by him. Most substantial of these recordings is the ballet version which Auber made from his opera Marco Spada: 65 minutes of scintillating dance music, in the adaptation made by Richard Bonyngefor the purpose of the recording. The set serves also to show Bonynge’scareer-long commitment to the neglected figure of Auber. He has done more than any other musician in the modern era to rehabilitate a figure of prodigious accomplishment and huge popularity in his own era, who both excited the admiration of Wagner and Berlioz as well as supplying a string of hits for the Opéra-Comiquein Paris.

The conductor contributes a new and extensive essay of his own to this reissue, outlining Auber’s place in nineteenth-century culture and recalling how he came to make these recordings. Early in his partnership with Decca he had already made a disc of ‘French Opera’ overtures including Marco Spadaand Lestocq(‘a record for Francophiles to cherish’, according to Gramophone’s original review in March 1970); these are included here, in new remasterings, along with the even less familiar overture to La Neige.

Bonyngewas introduced to the A minor Cello Concerto by the principal cellist of the Metropolitan Opera, JaschaSilberstein, but much of this music Bonyngediscovered for himself, as well as some of the artists who would help him bring it to life such as the mezzo-soprano Huguette Tourangeau. She sings an aria from Le cheval bronze, Bonynge’swife Dame Joan Sutherland brings off a pair of showpieces from Manon Lescautand Fra Diavolo, and the set concludes with Australian-made recordings featuring another three fine antipodean singers: Angela Denning, HeatherBeggand Anson Austin. A complementary issue on Eloquence (4827742) presents the conductor’s sole complete recording of an Auber opera, Le Domino Noir, together with his ballet music for Gustav III.

‘One can have only the highest praise for the balletically idiomatic fashion in which Bonyngepresents [the music] … He elicits smart, crisp playing from the orchestra, and the reproduction is notable for its bright realism.’ (Pas classique) High Fidelity, March 1965

‘Silberstein makes a dashing thing of [the concerto] … He is obviously a man of first-class instincts, and he seems to know those lush, genial melodies from the operas.’ (Cello Concerto) Gramophone, September 1972

DANIEL-FRANÇOIS-ESPRIT AUBER

CD 1

Marco Spada

London Symphony Orchestra

Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor

JaschaSilberstein, cello; L’Orchestrede la Suisse Romande

CD 2

Marco Spada: Overture

Lestocq:Overture

New PhilharmoniaOrchestra

La Neige:Overture

Pas classique

London Symphony Orchestra

Les Rendez-vous(arr. Constant Lambert)

English Chamber Orchestra

Le Cheval de bronze:Ah pour un jeunecœur… O tourmentdu veuvage

Huguette Tourangeau, mezzo-soprano; L’Orchestrede la Suisse Romande

La Muettede Portici: Fermetesyeux

Richard Conrad, tenor; London Symphony Orchestra

Manon Lescaut:C’estl’histoireamoureuse

Fra Diavolo:Non temetemilord … Or son sola

Dame Joan Sutherland, soprano; L’Orchestrede la Suisse Romande

Fra Diavolo: Du village voisin… Dèsl’enfance

Angela Denning, soprano; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

L’Ambassadrice: Buvonstousau Sultan Misapouf

Angela Denning, soprano; Dame Heather Begg, mezzo-soprano; Anson Austin, tenor; Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bonynge

Release Date: 2017-08-11

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