(1825-1858) Overture No. 3 1850 8.20 *
(1796-1868) The Dressmaker overture 1845 6.00 *
FRANZ BERWALD (1796-1868) I
Enter a Monastery overture 1842 8.50
(1831-1885) Festive Overture 1882 9.00
(1806-1864) The People from Värmland
(1832-1876) The Devil's First Tentative Efforts
overture (1856) 10.04
(1756-1792) Proserpine overture 1863
I had never heard of Du Puy until I encountered the Danish companion to this
Sterling CD. Foroni was similarly unknown to me (even as a name). His overture
is a boisterous and light-hearted jeu-d'esprit in operatic idiom full of
cross references to music we now associate with Rossini, Nicolai and Reznicek.
It is a little over-extended at this length but warm and charming.
A similar dash and chatter is to be found in Berwald's game little overture
to a failed operetta. Its flashing wind contributions are a Berwald hallmark
and these alone mark out the disc for acquisition by Berwald specialists.
His other operetta I Enter a Monastery has an overture of Norman-like
grandeur and dashes of quicksilver Weber.
Norman's Festive Overture is a regal work of confident pomp. Randel's
Schumann-inflected folk overture apparently uses traditional songs though
in a most unassertive way. Söderman's Weber-like overture exudes a
confidence we find in Freischütz and Oberon but with
nationalistic elements like the horn serenade at 3.12 and the Tchaikovskian
aspiring figures just after the serenade.
The earliest overture is the Kraus; a work of most affecting and (to me)
surprising tenderness. Its gravity and reflective gait should have made it
an instant and enduring hit. Come on radio stations. When you next get the
itch to broadcast the overture to The Marriage of Figaro why not reach
for this Sterling disc and go for the Kraus instead.
Excellent notes and technical dimension well-handled in an open-sounding