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Overtures and Marches

by Steven Bergman
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Wednesday Feb 13, 2013
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One of the most well-known composers of operas and operettas in the 19th century was the Viennese musician, Franz von Suppé (1819-1895). In the present day, however, what has primarily survived to be appreciated by lovers of his music are the overtures and select marches to these works, and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, under the baton of Neeme Järvi, has compiled a nice collection of his most familiar openers, along with several of the marches, for digital release.

Titled "Franz von Suppé: Overtures and Marches," this new set includes mainstays of concert band and pops orchestras of the world, available in high quality sound, and will have you yearning to relax on an esplanade in a lounge chair on a comfortable summer evening. Two of those pieces, the "Overture to ’Dichter und Bauer’" (The "Poet and Peasant Overture" - 1846) and the "Overture to ’Leichte Kavallerie’" (The "Light Cavalry Overture" - 1866), are highlights of this collection.

Suppé’s music similarly contains various bows to his contemporaries, and vice versa. This includes his "Overture to ’Boccaccio’" (1879), and the "Boccaccio-Marsch," with their Strauss-ian themes, particularly during the opening Moderato section of the overture. The "Academic Festival Overture" by Brahms was modeled after the "Humoristische Variatonen" (the full title in English being, "Humorous Variations on the beloved Student Song ’Who comes from afar?’"), with the orchestra finely navigating the song’s gallop and concluding waltz section.

Thirteen tracks are performed to create a full 80-minutes of upbeat orchestral works from one of the masters of the 19th century.

"Franz von Suppé: Overtures and Marches"
Neeme Järvi / Royal Scottish National Orchestra
CD and Digital formats
Chandos Records

Steven Bergman is a Composer / Playwright / Performing Arts Educator based outside of Boston, MA.

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