Weber: Complete Overtures
WDR SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA COLOGNE GRIFFITHS
Weber: Der Beherrscher der Geister, J122: Overture Peter Schmoll, Overture J8 (Op. 8) Abu Hassan Overture Oberon Overture Preciosa, Overture J279 (Op. 78) Der Freischütz Overture Silvana, Overture J87 Euryanthe Overture Turandot: Overture Jubel-Ouvertüre, J245 (Op. 59)
Although Weber is celebrated as the father of the German romantic opera, aside from Der Freischütz, most of his other stage works are very rarely performed. Their Overtures, however, with their colourful, lyrical, instrumentation, and combination of Viennese Classicism and new romantic drama, have stood the test of time as individual orchestral works. This complete recording of Weber’s overtures with Howard Griffiths and the WDR Symphony Orchestra is distinguished by fresh verve and gripping dramatism in keeping with the dictates of historically informed performance practice.