Boieldieu - Piano Concerto, Overtures | CPO 5552442

Boieldieu - Piano Concerto, Overtures

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5552442

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 1st March 2019

Contents

Artists

Natasa Veljkovic (piano)
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana

Conductor

Howard Griffiths

Works

Boieldieu, Francois Adrien

Emma ou La Prisonniere
» Overture
Jean de Paris
» Overture
La Dame Blanche
» Overture
Le calife de Bagdad (The Caliph of Baghdad)
» Overture
Les Voitures versees
» Overture
Ma Tante Aurore
» Overture
Piano Concerto in F major

Artists

Natasa Veljkovic (piano)
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana

Conductor

Howard Griffiths

About

François-Adrien Boieldieu numbers among the most important exponents of the opéra comique of the French imperial era and the subsequent restoration. With La Dame blanche (1825) he even produced one of the internationally most successful works of this genre; it served as a model example for other composers and played a significant role in the further development of the opéra comique. François Boieldieu received his early training in music in particular from Charles Broches, the organist at the Rouen Cathedral. In 1796 he went to Paris, where he met Cherubini. From 1803 to 1811 he was the court music director in St. Petersburg, and in 1817 he became a professor of composition at the Paris Conservatory. In the overtures of his opéras comiques Boieldieu usually anticipates thematic material from the particular opera. As a result, the overture not only prepares the listener for the atmosphere and tone colour of the particular opéra comique but also provides for a recognition effect when the themes familiar from the overture reappear in a later phase of the stage action. The great wealth of melodic invention and the pronounced melodic cantability particularly characteristic of Boieldieu’s music and the Piano Concerto heard here (premiere: 1792 in Rouen) inspired his contemporaries to call him the French Mozart.

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