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Label:
  Naxos - http://www.naxos.com/
Serial:
  NBD0019
Title:
  Schubert: Complete overtures - Benda
Description:
  Schubert: Der Teufel als Hydraulicus (The Devil as Engineer), D. 4; Der Spiegelritter (The Looking-Glass Knight), D. 11; Overture in D major, D. 12; Overture in D major, D. 26; Des Teufels Lustschloß, (The Devil’s Pleasure Castle) D. 84; Der vierjährige Posten (The Four-Year Sentry Duty), D. 190; Claudine von Villa Bella, D. 239; Die Freunde von Salamanka (The Friends from Salamanca), D. 326; Overture in B flat major, D. 470; Overture in D major, D. 556; Overture in the Italian style in D major, D. 590; Overture in the Italian style in C major, D. 591; Rosamunde, D. 644 from Die Zauberharfe (The Magic Harp); Die Zwillingsbrüder (The Twin Brothers), D. 647; Overture in E minor, D. 648; Rosamunde, D. 732 from Alfonso und Estrella; Die Verschworenen – Der häusliche Krieg (The Conspirators – Domestic Warfare), D. 787; Fierabras, D. 796

Prague Sinfonia
Christian Benda
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Genre:
  Classical - Orchestral
Content:
  Stereo/Multichannel
Media:
 
Recording type:
  PCM
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Resolutions:
  2.0 LPCM 24bit/96kHz
5.1 DTS HD MA 24bit/96kHz

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Review by Jon Benger April 28, 2014 (7 of 7 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:  
For a mere £10 (or your local equivalent) you get two hours of Schubert in hi-res stereo and surround. At that price it was worth a gamble, and for me, it's mostly paid off. The overtures are in chronological order, starting with some early theatrical and concert overtures written during the composer's teenage years, and proceeding through the better known Magic Harp overture (Rosamunde) through to the mature Fierabras which is consistent in orchestration with the later symphonic works. There is inevitably some variability in the musical merit of such an extensive collection, but it's worth going through for the gems which punctuate the recital, such as the tuneful overture to the Devil's Pleasure Castle. The Prague Sinfonia present the music efficiently and in the right spirit, with forward pace and good articulation. There are a couple of moments of dodgy intonation, and some of the vibrato in the brass may be an acquired taste, but these are not major detractors, and overall the performances are satisfying.

The recorded sound is largely well-defined with plenty of detail, and the surround mix conveys a realistic and natural impression of being sat well back in a medium sized venue without excessive resonance.

There may be a few tracks that one could "take or leave", which is inevitable in the case of a full survey like this, but there are enough familiar favourites and pleasant new discoveries to make this disc worth spending some time with.

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Works: 16  

Franz Schubert - Claudine von Villa Bella, D. 239
Franz Schubert - Der Spiegelritter (The Looking-Glass Knight), D. 11
Franz Schubert - Der Teufel als Hydraulicus (The Devil as Engineer), D. 4
Franz Schubert - Der vierjährige Posten (The Four-Year Sentry Duty), D. 190
Franz Schubert - Des Teufels Lustschloß, (The Devil’s Pleasure Castle) D. 84
Franz Schubert - Die Freunde von Salamanka (The Friends from Salamanca), D. 326
Franz Schubert - Die Verschworenen – Der häusliche Krieg (The Conspirators – Domestic Warfare), D. 787
Franz Schubert - Fierabras, D. 796
Franz Schubert - Overture in B flat major, D. 470
Franz Schubert - Overture in D major, D. 12
Franz Schubert - Overture in D major, D. 26
Franz Schubert - Overture in D major, D. 556
Franz Schubert - Overture in the Italian style in C major, D. 591
Franz Schubert - Overture in the Italian style in D major, D. 590
Franz Schubert - Rosamunde - Overture, D. 644
Franz Schubert - Rosamunde - Overture, D. 732