Sawallisch: Weber - Overtures (FLAC)
Sawallisch: Weber - Overtures (FLAC)

Performers: Wolfgang Sawallisch
Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra
Composers: Carl Maria Von Weber
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 1
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: EMI Classics
Size: 238 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

01. Euryanthe Overture J291 (1988 Digital Remaster)
02. Der Beherrscher der Geister J122 (1988 Digital Remaster)
03. Abu Hassan Overture J106 (1988 Digital Remaster)
04. Jubel-Ouverture in E major J245 (1988 Digital Remaster)
05. Preciosa Overture J279 (1988 Digital Remaster)
06. Oberon J306 (1988 Digital Remaster): Overture
07. Der Freischütz J277 (1988 Digital Remaster): Overture

Brilliant Budget Buy

Don’t you just love it when classic recordings get reissued on CD at a budget price?! Such is the case with this title in EMI’s “Encore” series featuring Weber Overtures by conductor Wolfgang Sawallisch leading the Philharmonia Orchestra in vintage stereo performances from 1958. During this period, Walter Legge’s musicians formed one of the world’s best groups and produced legendary recordings regardless of whether they were led by Karajan, Klemperer, Giulini, Cantelli, Silvestri or anyone else. (Heck, someone plucked off the street probably could have made a decent record with those players!) As expected, Sawallisch gracefully guides the Philharmonia through the seven Overtures — “Euryanthe,” “Ruler of the Spirits,” “Abu Hassan,” “Jubel,” the ever-popular “Der Freischutz,” “Preciosa” and “Oberon.” With classical budget lines beginning to inexplicably disappear (like Sony’s “Essential Classics” series — what’s up with that?!), I’m delighted that EMI continues to make great recordings available at such an inexpensive price through series such as “Gemini” and “Encore.”

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