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Infodad.com, November 2016

This is energetic and essentially lighthearted music, just the thing to listen to in a season of joy if one wishes to approach the holidays in a pleasant if somewhat superficial mood. Dörner gets the sense of this music just right, allowing it to flow naturally without trying to force it to display depths that it lacks. Even the latest work here is more than 150 years old (La Circassienne dates to 1861), but the refined charms of these overtures offer many pleasures—in truth, not just for this season but for anytime. © 2016 Infodad.com Read complete review



Lawrence Hansen
American Record Guide, November 2016

Conductor Dorner keeps the energy up, but sometimes it gets a little dutiful and generic—more Germanic than Gallic, but still with plenty of thrust and parry in the vigorous passages. All of this is helped by Naxos’s resonant, warm, slightly bass-heavy sonics. The big bass drum, so critical in this music, comes through with satisfying floor-shaking power without being boomy. © 2016 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Jerry Dubins
Fanfare, November 2016

The operative word in listening to these overtures, I think, is fun. They’re upbeat, ebullient, and catchy, and they are spiritedly performed by Wolfgang Dörner leading the Orchestre de Cannes. Recommended. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Steven Kruger
Fanfare, September 2016

…Wolfgang Dörner is an Austrian conductor and musicologist, an authority on Lanner and the Strausses closely involved with the Vienna Philharmonic New Year’s concerts, so we are in good hands. © 2016 Fanfare Read complete review



Dr. Ingobert Waltenberger
Online Merker, July 2016

This music breathes—very alive, brisk, cheeky and quick. Of course, these are not always strokes of genius but mostly we get to hear highly original, adventurous music that needs to be discovered. Thanks to Dörner and Naxos, the possibility to do so is now here. © 2014 Online Merker




Frederik Hanssen
kulturradio vom rbb, July 2016

The composer was much admired as a master of good taste. Dörner conducts these Overtures in a similar vein; elegantly, he makes these melodies sound easy and light…The musicians from Southern France follow him with technical accuracy and a clear sound. A well done championing for a composer who never wished for more than to provide gentle amusement for his audience. © 2016 kulturradio vom rbb




Christie Grimstad
ConcertoNet.com, June 2016

…the orchestra reigns with an outlined sense of sparkling display of meticulously thematic ideas…

This Auber collective has a sense of balance, generating evenly paced parlance. © 2016 ConcertoNet.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, June 2016

Though he composed forty-one operas through much of the 19th century, mostly as opera comique, the music of Daniel-François-Esprit Auber is seldom heard today. Even their once popular overtures have fallen from favour in the last fifty years, though I remember The Bronze Horse and Fra Diavolo being the staple diet of light orchestras who employed my younger years. He was a master of providing catchy tunes, and if many of the librettos would seem rather silly today, a recording of Manon Lescaut has shown that his version of the story places a very different slant from the one used by Massenet and Puccini. So maybe one day, we will have an Auber revival, and this release, the first of his complete overtures will provide a good catalyst. Each is of substantial length, Marco Spada ending just short of ten minutes, pointing to the more dramatic and serious content of the exploits of the brigand, but it was Auber’s bandit, Franz Diavolo, who brought him such acclaim that it had been premiered in London and New York within two years of its first performance in Paris. The disc brings immense pleasure with its immediately memorable melodies, the theatre-sized orchestra from Cannes ideally capturing the frothy nature of the music, while in Wolfgang Dorner they have a conductor steeped in opera and having spent a considerable part of his career in Paris. Very good sound quality. © 2016 David’s Review Corner





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