Daniel François Esprit Auber: Lestocq – Overture (NXP143)
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Instrumentation: 1+184.108.40.206 - 220.127.116.11 - timp - perc - strings
Edited by Dario Salvi
Daniel François Esprit Auber is, together with Jacques Offenbach, the main exponent of French Comic Opera.
With more than 40 operas at his name, his contribution to the genre is unique. This collection of scores includes some of his early works – for the first time available to the public.
The overtures from his operas are in truncated sonata form: Introduction, Exposition, Recapitulation/Sequence, Coda. The style is always light without any excess of emotion and full of Parisian elegance.
The Overture from Lestocq unfolds in two parts. The first part captures the melancholic reflection and sad implications of this Russian story. The second part includes the brisk military galop expressing the carpe diem philosophy of the soldier’s life and the aspiring lyrical section reflecting Empress Elizabeth’s yearning for peace taken from Act I finale.