Personalities | Franz von Suppé | Late Romantic | Classical
(Frants fun Zoo-pa’) 1819–95
Suppé’s full name was Francesco Ezechiele Ermenegildo Cavaliere Suppé-Demelli. He came from Dalmatia, but received his musical education with Ignaz Xaver Seyfried (a pupil of Haydn) in Vienna, in whose famous theatres (an der Wien, Carl and Leopoldstadt) he conducted operetta. He composed over 150 operettas, including Boccaccio (1879), highly popular in their day and rivals to those of Offenbach. Despite their charm, Suppé’s achievement was eclipsed by that of Johann Strauss the Younger and only a small portion of his music survives, notably the overtures Poet and Peasant (1846) and Light Cavalry (1866).
Overtures, Berlin PO (cond) Herbert von Karajan (Deutche Grammophon)
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