Daniel François Esprit Auber: Les Chaperons Blancs – Overture (NXP140)
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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.
Les Chaperons Blancs is One of Auber’s least successful works telling how Marguerite and her guardian, the rich perfumer Vanderblas, save Count Louis of Brabant (1330–1384) from the civic conspiracy of the ‘White Hats’ in later 14th-century Ghent. The refined Overture includes a dramatic figure for Marguerite’s cry of betrayal in Act II and a deep attraction between Marguerite and Count Louis in their Act II duet.