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JOHANN STRAUSS: DIE FLEDERMAUS

AGA MIKOLAJ · CHEN REISS · PAUL ARMIN EDELMANN · RAINER TROST SEBASTIAN HOLECEK
WDR RUNDFUNKCHOR KÖLN WDR RUNDFUNKORCHESTER KÖLN · FRIEDRICH HAIDER

2CD-Set: C5167 PC: 21 845221051673

Operette in drei Akten · Operetta in Three Acts
Libretto: Carl Haffner & Richard Genée
nach der Komödie / after the comedy „Le Réveillon“
- Complete Musical Recording , sung in German –


Johann Strauss’ Die Fledermaus, the Waltz King’s main work, is still abreast of the time today. Or to put it better: it is once more. The situation in 1874, when the operetta was premiered was considerably more dramatic than the current crisis: the collapse and the closure by the police of the Vienna stock exchange on 9 May 1873 with more than a hundred bankruptcies in a single day. Millionaires suddenly became beggars. So, even at that time there were good reasons for saying ‘Glücklich ist, wer vergisst, was doch nicht zu ändern ist’ (‘Fortunate is he who can forget what cannot be changed’), which flutters like a flag over Die Fledermaus:  examples of positive thinking in times of crisis.

 

Christmas with the Vienna Boys' Choir - THE CHRISTMAS MOVIE

incl. World Famous Christmas Songs
PUERI CONCINITE · JOY TO THE WOLRD · SILENT NIGHT · THE LITTLE DRUMMER BOY · O DU FRÖHLICHE etc.

1DVD · C9004 PC: 30 UPC: 845221090047

Vienna: the festively decorated Augarten Palace, the home of the world-famous Vienna Boys’ Choir. As at Christmas time every year, the choirboys are preparing for the coming feast with great joy. There are frequent rehearsals, while Santa Claus looks for his way through the long corridors. Over there, the Christmas tree is being set up and adorned with merry songs on the lips. The sweetish scent of baked apples wafts over from the kitchen, and the the large fireplace in the Baroque banquet hall bestows warmth and a feeling of security. It is a festival of songs, a feast for the boys, without an audience and without loud applause. They are singing for themselves and the Christmas feast – and the boy in the crib. 


incl. World Famous Christmas Songs


1. PUERI CONCINITE · 2. JOY TO THE WOLRD (I) · 3. GOD REST YE MERRY GENTLEMEN  4. THE LITTLE DRUMMERBOY · 5. JOY TO THE WORLD (II) · 6. O DU FRÖHLICHE 7. O HEILAND REISS DIE HIMMEL AUF · 8. ES HAT SICH HALT ERÖFFNET · 9. IHR KINDERLEIN KOMMET · 10. STILLE NACHT, HEILIGE NACHT · 11. VOM HIMMEL HOCH · 12. GOOD KING WENCESLAS · 13. DECK THE HALLS · 14. ADESTE FIDELES · 15. STILL, STILL, STILL


 


 


[SUBTITLES: Original / Deutsch / English] · [PICTURE FORMAT: NTSC · Colour · 16:9]


[REGION CODE: 0 (Worldwide)] · [DVD FORMAT: DVD 5] · [RUNNING TIME: appr. 40min.]

 

HEINRICH AUGUST MARSCHNER: DER VAMPYR

Romantic Opera Complete Recording
Jonas Kaufmann · Regina Klepper · Franz Hawlata · Thomas Dewald · WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln · Helmuth Froschauer

2CD · C5184 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221051840

HEINRICH AUGUST MARSCHNER (1795-1861)
DER VAMPYR
Romantische Oper in 2 Aufzügen · Romantic Opera in 2 Acts
Text: Wilhelm August Wohlbrück
- Gesamtaufnahme / Complete Recording - 
JONAS KAUFMANN
FRANZ HAWLATA · REGINA KLEPPER · THOMAS DEWALD
WDR RUNDFUNKORCHESTER KÖLN · HELMUTH FROSCHAUER


Something demonic and ghostly fills the air: we find ourselves in the age of Dark Romanticism, which cast its shadow on the opera. The fateful drama is of Scottish origin, whose essence consists of inherited curses, dark, guilty entanglements and bloody props, in order to wake fatalistic shivers. Among the audience at the premiere performance of the "Vampire" in 1828 at the Sächsisches Hoftheater in Leipzig was 15-year-old Richard Wagner. Marschner's opera crosses the path of the theatre novice many times. In 1833 the fledgling répétiteur Wagner in Würzburg got involved in:
„However, soon the Marschner score interested me sufficiently to make it worth while to have my bitter work published. I contributed a new allegro movement to Aubry's tenor aria in Marschner's  'Vampire', which I also wrote the text to. My resulting work was demonic and effective, registering the acclaim of the audience and encouraging recognition from my brother".
Wagner could still get worked up about the "loathsomeness of the thematic“; even Hans Pfitzner had to placatingly defend and emphasise the 'gruesomeness' of the text, the 'shivering' was the "best part of Marschner's music". Edgar Istel also captured his theatrical impression in creepy gothic words: "Whoever saw how the once-bitten vampire returns to life rises up by moonlight to the sounds of Marschner's ghostly music, they will never forget this impression."

 

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ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY: DER KREIDEKREIS · THE CHALK CIRCLE

Opera Complete Recording
Renate Behle · Reiner Goldberg · Roland Hermann · Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin · Stefan Soltesz

2CD · C5190 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221051901

ALEXANDER ZEMLINSKY (1871-1942)
DER KREIDEKREIS
THE CHALK CIRCLE
Oper in drei Akten · Opera in three acts
Text: Klabund
- Gesamtaufnahme / Complete Recording - 
RENATE BEHLE · ROLAND HERMANN · REINER GOLDBERG
SIEGFRIED LORENZ · CELINA LINDSLEY
RADIO-SYMPHONIE-ORCHESTER BERLIN
STEFAN SOLTESZ
The old Chinese drama of courtroom and customs was usable only as raw material. In its original version it is a fairly dull, wooden affair, handled extremely clumsily from the dramatic
point of view.  It is in effect inventing a Chinese fairy-tale. No strict Chinoiserie: it had
to be as if in a dream of China. Klabund (1925)
Two years after the death of Klabund, Zemlinsky decided to use his Chalk circle as the basis for an opera. He recast the five-act "play after the Chinese" first into a two-act, later into a three-act version, and composed his Chalk circle in 1931/32. This blend of a fairy-tale Utopia, social criticism and inwardness makes itself felt in Zemlinsky's music, which seeks to combine varied stylistic components: Chinese coloration appears in the orchestral scoring, which is enriched with gongs and other exotic-sounding instruments: the melody often avoids semitonal steps and so takes on a pentatonic character. It was the seventh and also his last completed opera, from which the then 61-year-old Zemlinsky hoped for the definitive breakthrough as an operatic dramatist.

 

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VICTOR E. NESSLER: The Trumpeter Of Säckingen

Opera Complete Recording
Hermann Prey · Franz Hawlata · Regina Klepper · WDR Rundfunkorchester Köln · Helmuth Froschauer

2CD · C5187 PC: 21 (Special Price) UPC: 845221051871

VICTOR E. NESSLER (1841-1890)
DER TROMPETER VONCKINGEN
THE TRUMPETER OF SÄCKINGEN
Opera in a prologue and three acts
Text: Rudolf Bunge, Joseph Victor von Scheffel
UA: Leipzig, 1884
- Gesamtaufnahme / Complete Recording - 
HERMANN PREY · FRANZ HAWLATA · REGINA KLEPPER
WDR RUNDFUNKORCHESTER KÖLN · HELMUTH FROSCHAUER

The first performance of "The Trumpeter of Säckingen" on May 4, 1884 at the Stadttheater in Leipzig was an unprecedented success. For the hundredth Leipzig performance there was a procession with flaming torches in honour of the composer. "The Trumpeter" then began its triumphant conquest of the entire German theatre scene; within a few years the opera had been performed several thousand times and, by the turn of the century, had established its place in the repertoire of all the major opera houses. That great critical authority Eduard Hanslick showed most restraint, making an attempt to analyze the  „popular force, the winning something" in Nessler's "musical mediocrity", and concluding: "The most remarkable thing in this unprecedentedly successful opera is precisely its success." In 1884 – the year following Wagner's death, the year which saw the premieres of Massenet's "Manon" and Puccini's first work, "Le Villi", the year in which Bruckner's seventh symphony and Mahler's "Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen" were composed, – the tastes of the Biedermeier period and quaint romanticism had made their second conquest of the German opera world.

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