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Better than an alarm clock to get one out of bed
on 31 July 2014
Franz von Suppé [Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere di Suppé-Demelli], 1819-1895, is one of those composers who is known for just a few works, notably his stirring overtures.
Following his father’s death, he and his mother moved to Vienna and adopted the shorter, Germanic, form of his name. From 1844 he composed, conducted and, in 1842, even sang the role of Dulcamara in Donizetti’s L’elisir d’amore. Between 1845-62 he was at the Theater an der Wien.
In 1862, he became conductor at the Kaitheater and, after this was burned down, he moved to the Carltheater where he established a reputation for his light operas. ‘Poet and Peasant’, perhaps his best known work, was premiered in 1846. He retired from the theatre in 1882, his contribution to Viennese operetta, where his fame rivaled that of Offenbach, having been recognised the previous year by the freedom of the city.
This CD, 61’00, includes eight overtures: ‘Light Cavalry’, ‘Fatinitza’, ‘Pique Dame’, ‘Poet and Peasant’, ‘Banditstreiche’, ‘The Beautiful Galatea’, ‘Flotte Bursche’ and ‘Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna’. There is also the March ‘O, Du mein Österreich’.
The Hungarian State Opera Orchestra under János Sándor, 1933 – 2010, give suitably rousing performances of works that I find always mange to lift my spirits and are especially rewarding on a long car journey. The wait for the arrival of the ‘cavalry’ theme in the eponymous overture causes the hairs on the back of my neck to rise and, as the brief booklet statement points out, in the introduction to ‘Poet and Peasant’ the composer intertwines no fewer than ten very different melodies.
A very enjoyable recording.