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“This disc might have been called 'Once-Famous Overtures', or 'Famous Overtures by Not-famous Composers.' In planning it I intentionally avoided works by composers like Mozart or Rossini or Suppé, because collectors will surely have CDs of their overtures already. Naxos has a proud tradition of sampler discs such as this, and I hope this will fill some gaps in listeners' collections with really wonderful pieces, and that their interest may lead them to explore more music by these composers.”

Lance Friedel

Also available in Blu-ray audio
Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Friedel

The flourishing genre of the comic opera had its roots in eighteenth-century Italian opera buffa, whose irrepressible brio was soon taken up outside the country’s borders. In France it produced opéra comique and operetta, and in German-speaking countries Spieloper and Viennese operetta. Some of the world’s most popular comic opera overtures, filled with gorgeous tunes, brilliant orchestration and race-to-the-finish endings, are presented here. They include staples of the concert repertoire such as Hérold’s dramatic Zampa, the textual delicacy of Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna and the vivid colour of Lortzing’s Zar und Zimmermann.

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Listen to an extract from the
Overture to Ferdinand Hérold’s Zampa

About the Artists

Conductor Lance Friedel has served as Music Director of the Providence Chamber Orchestra in Rhode Island and Assistant Conductor of the Peabody Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. He has also directed numerous orchestras throughout the world, having been awarded first prize at the 2001 Mario Gusella International Conductors Competition in Pescara, Italy. He has conducted new productions of Aida and Le nozze di Figaro in Slovakia, as well as world première performances of several new American symphonic works in Bulgaria.

Throughout its history the Royal Scottish National Orchestra has played an integral part in Scotland’s musical life, including performing at the opening ceremony of the Scottish parliament building in 2004. The RSNO has a worldwide reputation for the quality of its 200-plus recordings, receiving two Diapasons d’Or de l’année awards for Symphonic Music and eight GRAMMY® Awards nominations over the last decade.

Click here for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra's extensive discography on Naxos

Other recommended titles

Symphony No. 4 /
Festive Overture /
My Youth

Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
Lance Friedel

“Recommended with enthusiasm.”
Penguin Guide

Overtures and Entr’actes
from the French Operas

New Zealand Symphony
D. Ang

“A sterling effort by Naxos and an impressive calling card for this up-and-coming conductor.”
MusicWeb International

Gioacchino ROSSINI
Overtures (Complete), Vol. 1
(Blu-Ray Audio)

“These are sparkling performances of enjoyable works in a hi-res form that will appeal to all audiophiles…”
Audiophile Audition ★★★★★

CD1 (HD)
  CD2 (HD)
Gioacchino ROSSINI
Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2
(Blu-Ray Audio)

“Crisply played with good solo efforts throughout, and very nicely recorded…consistently entertaining.”
PS Audio

CD3 (HD)
  CD4 (HD)

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