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SCHUBERT, F.: Overtures (Complete), Vol. 2 (Prague Sinfonia, C. Benda)

Composer(s):Schubert, Franz
Artist(s) Benda, Christian, Conductor • Prague Sinfonia
Period(s) Romantic
Genre Classical Music
Category Orchestral
Catalogue 8.570329
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps

Although Schubert’s dream of success as a composer for the stage largely eluded him, some of his theatrical music was performed during his lifetime. His overtures for Georg von Hofmann’s Die Zwillingsbrüder and for Die Zauberharfe—later transferred to Rosamunde, D. 644—sadly won little praise, though the Overture in the Italian Style, D590 was appreciated for its ‘youthful fire’, and the Overture in E minor, D. 648 was heard in 1821. Volume 1 is also available on Naxos 8.570328 and Schubert’s Alfonso und Estrella is on Naxos DVD 2.110260.


Review By David Denton,Naxos,May 2009

The second volume of Franz Schubert’s overtures covers most of his mature life from 1817 to 1823, and points to his search for recognition in the theatre.  Opening with a cheerful concert Overture in D major from 1817, the pair of Overtures in the Italian Style are purported to have taken their inspiration from Rossini, though the opening of the first—the better known of the two—comes straight from Beethoven. There is a feeling akin to Italy in the second, but even here it is more in the mind than the content. Central to the disc is one of his best known works, Overture to Rosamunde, originally composed for a failed Hofmann play, Die Zauberharfe, and written in the summer of 1820, the same year that saw the playwrite’s



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