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‘Discovering the evolution of Auber as a composer is a fascinating process. His first works, included in this recording, may not be as grand and mature as his later works, but they open an eye on the origins of Auber as an opera composer, as a man that experimented with different genres before settling into the world of opera. His growth as a musician goes alongside the evolution of comic opera in Europe during the 19th century. Rediscovering Auber’s musical journey is essential to allow us to understand the history of opera.’

Dario Salvi, conductor

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782–1871)
Overtures, Vol. 2
Le Concert à la cour
Fiorella • Julie • Léocadie • Couvin
Violin Concerto *

Markéta Čepická, Violin *
Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Dario Salvi

The second volume in this series (Volume 1 is on 8.574005) continues to explore little-known examples of Auber’s elegant and refined operatic music. Julie was his first stage work, its fantasia-like beauty foreshadowing the operas, opéras-comiques and lyric dramas to come. Striking melodies and haunting episodes abound in these overtures and entr’actes, and there is restrained yet fragrant Iberian colour in the overture to Léocadie. The Violin Concerto is lightly scored and gentle, with a tarantella-like finale full of folk vitality.

Listen to an extract from the overture to
Le concert à la cour, ou La débutante
About the Artists
Dario Salvi is an Anglo/Italian orchestral conductor and researcher specialising in the restoration and performance of rare works; his main area of interest is Viennese music and works by Meyerbeer and Auber. Salvi has conducted opera and operetta across Europe and the US. His passion is the performance of rediscovered masterpieces by the likes of Suppé, Meyerbeer, Rumshinsky, Genée, Auber and others.
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is ranked amongst the world’s leading representatives of Czech musical culture. It often performs at the most prestigious festivals in the Czech Republic and venues throughout Europe. The orchestra has also performed in Japan and toured extensively around America. Aside from concerts, the orchestra regularly engages in operatic and theatre projects.
More recordings featuring Dario Salvi
‘Dario Salvi has a good instinct for this music, which blossoms brilliantly and richly under his hands.’
Pizzicato ★★★★
Sacred Works
Psalms 86 and 124
Hymne An Gott
Pater noster • Cantique

Chudak • Sawicki
Neue Preussische Philharmonic
‘Dario Salvi’s arrangements work very well; they sound like they could have been written by Meyerbeer himself and they never get in the way of the texts. The sound is excellent.’
American Record Guide

Davidson • Kunkle • Bortolotti
Pichler • Bowers • Chudak
Schliewa • Byrne • Rohde
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus • Salvi
‘Salvi leads the production with genuine enthusiasm, pacing all the music sensibly and sensitively and eliciting fine singing from the chorus and delightfully bouncy playing from the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra.’ ★★★★

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