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Ernest Ansermet - Weber: Overtures / Bassoon Concerto
Ernest Ansermet - Weber: Overtures / Bassoon Concerto (Decca 480 0123)
SKU: 14772
AU $8.95

Label: Decca Cat. No.: 480 0123 Medium: CD No. Discs: 1

This CD brings together all of Ansermet's Weber recordings for Decca.

Weber's overtures possess an irresistible panache, being a perfect blend of popular and more highbrow styles. If his operas have proved largely unstageable, their overtures have maintained enduring popularity in the romantic orchestral repertoire. In fact, few were better equipped to distil the emotional and atmospheric essence of romantic lyric drama in terms of the orchestral overture than Weber. As Edward Dent once intimated, Weber never quite overcame a tendency to trump his vocal aces with an orchestral court card. But in the overtures he is the complete master. In them he spun poetic and intensely imaginative summaries of their ensuing dramas.

The British LP issue of the overtures omitted the Jubel (Jubilee) Overture, here restored to circulation on its CD reissue. The coupling, the composer's Bassoon Concerto, features Henri Helaerts (1907-2001), the principal bassoonist of this orchestra for nearly fifty years. Helaerts was a very popular figure in Geneva, where he founded and conducted Les Cadets de Genève, a musical group comprised of generations of wind instrumentalists. He was one of the principal representatives of the French bassoon with its very characteristic sonority, sadly disappearing today.

"Ansermet is always successful with Weber's allegros by reason of his orchestra's lively playing and his own sense of buoyant rhythm... sheer pleasure, especially the sense of enjoyment in the playing of Preciosa and the remarkably deft performance of Abu Hassan, a piece notoriously difficult to play really cleanly." - Gramophone.

A Decca Eloquence CD in the Decca Ansermet Legacy series.

Artists: Henri Helaerts (bassoon).
Composers: Weber.
Conductors: Ernest Ansermet.
Orchestras: L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande.


Overture: Der Freischutz
2Overture: Preciosa
3Overture: Beherrscher der Geister
4Overture: Oberon
5Overture: Euryanthe
6Overture: Abu Hassan
7Overture: Jubel
Bassoon Concerto in F Major, Op. 75
Allegro ma non troppo
Rondo (Allegro)

Henri Helaerts bassoon
L'Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Ernest Ansermet
Medium: CD
No. of Discs: 1
SKU #: 14772
Label: Decca
Catalog #: 480 0123
Price: AU $8.95   

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