«Berlioz: Concert Overtures”
Les Francs-juges Overture, Op. 3,
Rob Roy Overture,
Le Corsaire Overture, Op. 21,
Waverley Overture Op. 1,
Le carnaval romain Overture, Op. 9 (Roman Carnival Overture),
King Lear Overture, Op. 4 (Le Roi Lear).
SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg – Sylvain Cambreling.
The present release contains Hector Berlioz’s complete concert overtures, including the one written for his early opera Les francs-juges, superbly performed by the SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg directed by the French conductor Sylvain Cambreling. French composer Hector Berlioz wrote a number of overtures, many of which remain concert staples. They include not only overtures intended to introduce operas, but also independent concert overtures. The album opens with one of the most popular overtures, Waverly, Op. 1. Composed in 1828, it was inspired by Sir Walter Scott’s Waverly novels. Also included are Le Carnaval romain, Op. 9, a standalone overture intended for concert performance made up of material from the opera Benvenuto Cellini, Le Corsaire, Op. 21, and others. This album is part of a new re-release series (Century Classics) consisting of SWR music bestsellers. The series is competitively priced, optically highly attractive and contains acclaimed SWR recordings mostly of the SWR orchestras and their chief conductors.