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John Sunier
Audiophile Audition, August 2015

…this is all a very up, tuneful collection in brilliant orchestrations and well performed and recorded. © 2015 Audiophile Audition Read complete review

Remy Frank
Pizzicato, May 2015

With the excellent Royal Scottish National Orchestra, the American conductor Lance Friedel conducts fine and charming performances without overdoing in terms of sentiment. © 2015 Pizzicato

Graham Williams, April 2015

The American conductor Lance Friedel directs the Royal Scottish National Orchestra in efficient well-drilled performances (that include some fine wind solos)… © 2015 Read complete review

David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2015

GREAT COMEDY OVERTURES (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Friedel) 8.573418
GREAT COMEDY OVERTURES (Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Friedel) (Blu-Ray Audio) NBD0043

Eleven popular overtures that have crossed over from the opera house to become a staple diet of symphony orchestras opening concerts with that ‘feel good factor’. At one time they were part of the regular output of record companies, but with discs nowadays concentrating on one composer, they seem to have fallen from favour. All of which adds to my hearty welcome of a release that almost breaks through the eighty minute barrier. Strangely enough most the operas themselves have largely been consigned to history books, but If you cannot remember their names, you will instantly recognise Reznicek’s Donna Diana, Auber’s Fra Diavalo and Herold’s Zampa. All bubble with the happiness you expect in the story that follows, though we have to travel a long way through Ambroise Thomas’s Mignon and Lortzing’s  Zar und Zimmermann, before they reach a degree of happiness, and most of the disc’s operas were certainly not comedies. Technically they are not demanding, the Scottish orchestra, under the American conductor, Lance Friedel, are in sparkling form, with outstanding solo contributions from horn and woodwind in Mignon, while the brass bring drama to Adam’s Si j’etais roi and the strings add the fizz of champagne to  Wolf-Ferrari’s Il segreto di Susanna. Add a symphonic quality to the lengthy overture to Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor, and a weighty account of Peter Cornelius’s Der Barbier von Bagdad, wrap it all up in a first class recording, and you have a winning release. © 2015 David’s Review Corner

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