OTTO NICOLAI (1810-1849): Orchestral Works, Vol. 2 - Kirchliche Fest-Ouvertüre, Op. 31 and Weihnachts-Ouverture, WoO 109 for Orchestra, Chorus and Organ, Op. 31, Variations brillantes su motivi favoriti dell'opera "La Sonnambula" di Bellini for Clarinet and Orchestra, Overtures to Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, WoO 114 and Die Heimkehr des Verbannten, WoO 113.
Catalogue Number: 11L042
Reference: 601 1268-2
Description: A mere 11 years after Volume One appeared (to the month!), which is already deleted in the U.S., we get the remainder of Nicolai's orchestral music (unless they find his first symphony): a 15-minute set of variations for clarinet with a string orchestra arrangement by an unknown 19th century hand, two opera overtures and the most original pieces - the tightly-constructed, six-minute fugal Kirchlische Fest-Ouverture written in 1836 and orchestrated eight years later, and the Christmas overture (an early work premiered with the above-mentioned first symphony in 1833) which is an ingenious mixture of the Lutheran hymn, a march, a fugue and contrapuntal expositional work derived from all of them which teases the work out to ten minutes in length. Johannes Pieper (clarinet), Evangelsiche Kantorei Siegen, Philharmonie Südwestfalen; David Stern.