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‘Daniel-François-Esprit Auber is, together with Jacques Offenbach, the main exponent of French comic opera. With more than 40 operas to his name, his contribution to the genre is unique. The overtures from his operas are in truncated sonata form: introduction, exposition, recapitulation/sequence, and coda. The style is always light without any excess of emotion and full of Parisian elegance.

Recording these works for the first time in history, I took particular care in respecting the original metronome markings, adopting double dotted rhythms and allowing the music to remain always light. The history of recorded opera would not be complete without Auber’s immense contribution.’

Dario Salvi, conductor

Daniel-François-Esprit AUBER (1782–1871)
Le Maçon • Le Timide
Le Séjour militaire
La Neige • La Bergère châtelaine

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice
Dario Salvi

Daniel-François-Esprit Auber’s music radiates both his amiable personality and the Parisian elegance of his times. The huge success of his operas resulted in a popularity for these overtures that rivalled that of Rossini, who was an early influence. Auber’s brilliant and energetic style infuses tales of romance both rustic and aristocratic, with moods ranging from dramatic heroism to dashing ballroom dances – all portrayed with the signature charm that made him a standard bearer of musical stylishness and good taste. Auber’s opera La Sirène can be found on Naxos 8.660436. This is part of a project to record all the overtures to his 31 opéras-comiques, seven opéras, three drames lyriques and seven other stage works.

Listen to an extract from the overture to
Le Timide, ou Le Nouveau Séducteur
About the Artists
Dario Salvi is a Scottish-Italian orchestral conductor and researcher specialising in the restoration and performance of rare works. His main areas of interest are Viennese music and works by Meyerbeer and Auber. Salvi has conducted symphonic works, opera and operettas across Europe and the US as well as in prestigious venues such as the Royal Opera House Muscat, Oman. His passion is the rediscovery and performance of previously unknown masterpieces by composers such as Suppé, Meyerbeer, Rumshinsky, Genée and Auber.
The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice, valued for its stylistic interpretations and the extraordinary quality of its orchestral sound, 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 such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Musikverein in Vienna, and the Meistersingerhalle in Nuremberg. Outside Europe the orchestra has performed in Japan and toured extensively around America.
More releases of Auber’s music on Naxos
‘The operative word in listening to
these overtures [is] fun. They’re upbeat, ebullient, and catchy, and they are
spiritedly performed.’
La Sirène

Crousaud • Lorthiois • Flabat • Teyssier
Setti • Mayenobe • Calatayud
Les Métaboles • Orchestre des
Frivolités Parisiennes • Reiland
‘Engaging and entertaining.’
More recordings of overtures by the Czech Chamber Philharmonic
‘What this [disc] offers is simply a wealth of well-made instrumental music that is very much of its time and is performed with considerable élan.’ ★★★★
‘Vivid and particularly dramatic performances of a vast collection of Haydn overtures, most of them not very well known and certainly worth to be played.’
Pizzicato ★★★★
For the Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice’s
complete Naxos discography, please follow this link.

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