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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 3 mei 2019 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
Here is a refreshing recording, offering a selection of a dozen of Offenbach’s overtures, carefully omitting some of his most famous pieces to give the listener a pleasant feeling of discovery with regard to an otherwise well-known and recorded composer. Who could pretend to know Les Bavards, Les Bergers, Monsieur et Madame Denis or Le Roi Carotte. Titles that invariably highlight the prolixity of the bourgeois entertainer that was Jacques Offenbach.Composed once the artist had finished the overall work, all these pieces can be assimilated to “potpourri overtures”. They borrow and combine the themes later developed by the singers, which serve as a refrain for the listener. Very few composers escaped the rule, with the notable exceptions of Mozart whose overtures are most often pieces in their own right, and Beethoven who, after composing three overtures for his only opera piece, wrote the one for Fidelio, which didn’t prefigure any of the themes to come.After the social satire characterised by a series of works incorporating the current context and jeering at politics and morals, Offenbach had to shift his focus following the fall of the Second French Empire, and opted to write fantasies and comic operas, up until his latest masterpieces. This album offers a panorama of Offenbach’s many styles, juxtaposing plagiarism, parody, the spirit of dance, and an innate sense of melody. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 18 januari 2019 | CPO

Booklet Onderscheidingen 5 de Diapason
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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 14 juli 2013 | RCR

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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 9 maart 2012 | RCR

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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 1 februari 1994 | Chandos

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Ouvertures - Verschenen op 1 januari 1991 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)