- Performer:David Stern
- Title:Otto Nicolai: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2
- Date of release:2009
- Size FLAC version1117 megabytes
- Size MP3 version1123 megabytes
- Size WMA version1958 megabytes
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Nicolai, who died at age 39, wrote four other operas and various pieces of orchestral music as well; the latter has been collected in two volumes by the German audiophile label MDG, performed by the little-known and exquisitely confusingly named Southern Westphalian Philharmonic - Orchestra of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia (entirely capable, for all that). The program doesn't make perfect sense.
Otto Nicolai is known to most listeners, at least outside Germany, for his opera Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor (The Merry Wives of Windsor), and among most of those specifically for the opera's sparkling overture. Nicolai, who died at age 39, wrote four other operas and various pieces of orchestral music as well; the latter has been collected in two volumes by the German audiophile label MDG, performed by the little-known and exquisitely confusingly named Southern Westphalian Philharmonic - Orchestra of the Land of North Rhine-Westphalia (entirely capable, for all that). It's pretty thin stuff, and the entire album clocks in at just over 48 minutes. With the variations left out, there would have been room for relevant music by other composers. This said, there are some finds here.
Nicolai is the "one-work" composer par excellence, and The Merry Wives of Windsor overture is duly included here, with four pieces to encourage us to rethink his standing. The harmless Variations brillantes, on a motive from Bellini's La Sonnambula - a version for clarinet and strings - is unlikely to change the picture, but the Church Festival Overture on the chorale Ein feste Burg, which comes each time with chorus, is compelling; while the overture to the opera Die Heimkehr des Verbannten has a melting tune worthy of the Merry Wives. The Christmas Overture on the chorale Von.
Otto Nicolai - Overture: Il templario (The Templar). Nicolai - The Merry Wives of Windsor - Overture. Otto Nicolai - Kirchliche Fest Ouvertüre, Op 31 (c. 1845). Otto Nicolai - Fantasie avec Variations brillantes sur Norma, O. 5. Nicolai: Variations from NORMA for piano and orchestra:TANSKI.
Alternative ns: Carl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai, Otto Karl Ėrenfrid Nikolai, Karl Otto Ehrenfried Nicolai. Aliases: Nicolai, Ottone Nicolai, カール・オットー・ニコライ, Carl otto ehrenfried nicolai, Николаи Отто, Օտտո Նիկոլաի.
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CreditsIrmlind Capell - Photography
Irmlind Capelle - Editing
Werner Dabringhaus - Producer, Recording Supervision
Evangelische Kantorei Siegen - Choir/Chorus
Sylvie Gomez - Liner Note Translation
Reimund Grimm - Producer
Ulrich Konrad - Liner Notes
Philharmonie Südwestfalen-Landesorchester NRW - Orchestra
Johannes Pieper - Clarinet
Susan Marie Praeder - Liner Note Translation
Friedrich Wilhelm Rodding - Recording Supervision
David Stern - Conductor, Primary Artist
|1||Kirchliche Festouvertüre on "Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott", for 4 voices & orchestra, Op. 32||David Stern||6:38|
|2||Variazioni concertanti from Bellini's "La Sonambula, " for soprano, horn (or cello or clarinet) & piano, Op 26||David Stern||15:10|
|Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor, opera|
|Die Heimkehr des Verbannten, opera|
|5||Weinachtsouvertüre über "Vom Himmel Hoch" for orchestra & chorus ad lib||David Stern||10:02|