One of the last, if not the last, pieces composed by Franz Lachner. It is his last listed opus number, penned in 1881, and is regarded as one of his most successful compositions.
This orchestral piece is broken up into four movements, like a symphony:
- I. Ouverture
- II. Scherzo
- III. Intermezzo
- IV. Chaccone e Fuga
It opens with an operatic-style overture, followed by a terpsichorean scherzo, a slow intermezzo, a Chaccone with Baroque overtones, and closes with a fugue.
This suite was recorded by Stephen Gunzenhauser and the Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra (Katowice) along with Lachner’s “Suite No. 1, Op. 133” and released on the Marco Polo label on 17th December 1992.
Polish National Philharmonic Orchestra (Katowice) recordings
Marco Polo 223195
Conductor – Stephen Gunzenhauser
- The Norton/Grove Concise Encyclopedia of Music – ed. Stanley Sadie (W.W. Norton & Company)