Arban, Jean-Baptiste (& Miroslaw Koennemann, Jacques Offenbach, Konradin Kreutzer, Johann II Strauss, Charles Gounod): Gruß aus Baden-Baden!

        Composer:
        Miloslaw Koennemann
        Jacques Offenbach
        Konradin Kreutzer
        Jean-Baptiste Arban
        Johann Strauss II
        Charles Gounod
1062         Performer:
        Matthias Höfs
        Baden-Baden PhO
        Werner Stiefel

CDS 1062-2 Miloslaw Koennemann (1826-1890): Der Fremersberg (1853); Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880): La Princesse de Trébizonde - overture (1869); Konradin Kreutzer (1780-1849): Das Nachtlager von Grenada – overture (1834); Jean-Baptiste Arban (1825-1889); Fantasie and Variations on Carnival of Venice; Johann Strauss II (1825-1899): Ballsträusschen Op.380 (1878); Lob der Frauen Op.315 (1866-67); Charles Gounod (1818-1893): La colombe – entr’acte (1860). Matthias Höfs, trumpet (Arben); Baden-Baden Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Werner Stiefel .

This is fun! Miloslav Koenneman was a composer and military musician who came to Baden-Baden around 1850. He composed this very charming piece of music -a little like Hans Christian Lumbye. It is performed outdoors every year in Baden-Baden and the audience is meant to sing along in the hymn in the end of the piece -like Pomp and Circumstance. Even Mark Twain loved it -arriving tired in Baden-Baden around the time when Koenneman was there and the author writes that the piece "delighted me, warmed me, moved me, stirred me, uplifted me, enraptured me." So this is a must -also for the tender and melancholy Gounod piece in the end of the CD. You will love this one.



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