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4.0 out of 5 stars Suppe Played with Gusto, 9 April 2010
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Mr. James C. Kellam (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Suppe and Auber: Overtures (Audio CD)
These Mercury recordings date from 1959 and the sound is good for its age. The disc contains all 6 of the most famous Suppe overtures and they are very well played, but I have some reservations. The main problem is that the tempi are rather brisk right from the start of each overture and carry on in much the same way throughout - which tends to reduce the impact of the climaxes. If it's just the Suppe overtures you're looking for, Marriner's EMI selection of 8 overtures is the better buy. However, this disc also contains 3 good Auber overtures, so if you fancy the coupling, you may well consider it. The performances are certainly lively!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scorching performances which set a very high benchmark despite the early date, 13 Dec 2013
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I. Giles (Argyll, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This disc, compiled from recordings made in 1959, sets a standard of performance against which others can be measured and so far, have been found to be wanting. The recording quality is also of a remarkable standard and presumably this is a result of it having originally being recorded on 3 track half-inch tape. The CD sound is astonishingly life-like and has tremendous range and presence and is ideally suited to these very vibrant performances.

The overtures are given performances of enormous vitality, 'pizazz' and are frequently achieved at high velocity. Under lesser hands than Paray's this would result in virtuoso performances but of empty musical substance but in this case every one of these overtures is presented with meticulous care in phrasing and general expressiveness which makes other performances seem slack on detail. The overall result is simply thrilling.

I have owned other recordings of these overtures but upon repeat listening over the years it has been this disc that has consistently given the most satisfaction as examples of thrilling interpretations and playing. I have also kept, and have much enjoyed, the slower and weightier performances by Kuhn on two RCA discs. Those too are meticulously observed and very well recorded and are the perfect musical foil to these performances by Paray. They too can make other performances seem musically empty. All the other discs have eventually been removed from the collection as being relatively dull.

I would therefore suggest that this superb collection of overtures by Suppe and Auber is well worth collecting while copies remain available. I would also consider the two discs by Kuhn very carefully for a different but equally satisfying musical experience of even more of the Suppe overtures but not including those by Auber.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Top flight., 26 May 2014
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Living Presence sound intact - the described 3-tape digital transcription process really worked. No recorded digital titles. Musical performances as expected by the then stellar Detroit Symphony and Paul Paray. Surprisingly prompt overseas delivery from UK without damage. Superior booklet notes. Mercury Living Presence remains par excellence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Winning Disc, 5 July 2012
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Paul Capell (Lancaster, England) - See all my reviews
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This is probably the first,or nearly first,disc to feature a set of the Suppe overtures in their original orchestral versions.Many arrangements and mis-arrangements had previously been made and Mecury wanted to put this right and in super performances. Really, though many people look down on them, they are virtuoso pieces with quite stunning parts especially for the strings.The three Auber overtures are splendid too. In bright,excellent sound for its age and in lovely performances this disc is a winner-at whatevev price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great stirring music, 29 Sep 2010
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Brian Whittaker "Brian" (Kent) - See all my reviews
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Lovely music, which I had heard on BBC Radio 3 breakfast show
It is a piece people often recognise but do not know the composer
CD arrived promptly in good condition and was a really great price
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