Lortzing: Opera Overtures
Malmö Opera Orchestra; Märkl, Jun
For 150 years Albert Lortzing was, after Mozart and Verdi, the most performed composer on German stages. He was a multifaceted man of the theatre who wrote his own libretti, and his works follow in the tradition of Mozart and Weber but explore a variety of subjects, from romantic fairy tales to heroic calls for political freedom, which inevitably led to bans on his performance. His opera overtures reflect the liveliness of his imagination and orchestration, and the exceptionally tuneful nature of his writing, as the music traverses imposing grandeur and lighter motifs alike. Malmo Opera Orchestra was founded in 1991. Consisting of 62 musicians, the orchestra is recognized for its ability to master a wide range of musical styles: from the classic operas to contemporary music dramas and ballet.