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Wagner: Der Fliegende Hollander; Dietsch: Le Vaisseau Fantome / Minkowski

Wagner / Nikitin / Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5349  
Composer:  Richard WagnerPierre-Louis Dietsch
Performer:  Mika KaresEvgeny NikitinIngela BrimbergEric Cutler,   ... 
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Number of Discs: 4 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

When he arrived in Paris on 17 September 1839, the young Richard Wagner aspired to one single ambition: to have his music performed on the stage of the Opéra, for the French capital was, for an operatic composer, the sole temple of posterity. Inspired by reading a novella by Heine he began composing 'Der fliegende Holländer'. Unfortunately, Léon Pillet, the director of the Opéra who took up his post during the summer of 1840, shattered Wagner’s hopes at a stroke. He proposed merely to buy from Wagner his ‘idea’, which he found appealing. To meet an urgent need for funds, Wagner sold the subject of the work to the new management for 500 francs. More precisely, he submitted a synopsis in broken French summarising an Read more operatic adaptation of the story of the Flying Dutchman.

Entrusted to Paul Foucher and Bénédict-Henri Révoil in the summer of 1841, Wagner’s synopsis soon assumed the form of a French libretto, enriched with new influences: Walter Scott’s 'The Pirate', the writings of James Fenimore Cooper, and especially 'The Phantom Ship' by Frederick Marryat (translated into French in 1839 under the title of 'Le Vaisseau fantôme'). Once it had been set to verse by Foucher, it was handed over to the composer Pierre-Louis Dietsch, Léon Pillet's friend and protegée, newly-appointed chorusmaster at the Opéra. Wagner’s missed opportunity with the Paris operatic stage (the first in a long series) therefore gave rise to two distinct works: Dietsch’s 'Le Vaisseau fantôme', performed for the first time at the Paris Opéra on 9 November 1842, and Wagner’s 'Der fliegende Holländer', premiered in Dresden on 2 January 1843.

Founded in 1982 by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble breathes new life into the Baroque, Classical and Romantic repertoires, performed on period instruments. Recent operatic successes include a Mozart gala for the orchestra’s 30th anniversary and Offenbach’s 'Les Contes d’Hoffmann' (Salle Pleyel); Wagner’s 'Der fliegende Höllander' (Opéra de Versailles, MC2 Grenoble, Theater an der Wien, Palau de la Música in Barcelona); and Mozart’s 'Lucio Silla' at the Salzburg Mozartwoche and Festival, and at the Musikfest Bremen where it has appeared regularly since 1995.

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*****
Minkowski's Hollander is an excellent performance, sweeping, vital, and atmospheric, carried along by Evgeny Nikitin's dark, resentful Dutchman.

– BBC Music Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Der fliegende Holländer by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Mika Kares (Bass), Evgeny Nikitin (Baritone), Ingela Brimberg (Soprano),
Eric Cutler (Tenor), Bernard Richter (Tenor), Helene Schneiderman (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
2. Le Vaisseau fantôme by Pierre-Louis Dietsch
Performer:  Ugo Rabec (Bass), Russell Braun (Baritone), Sally Matthews (Soprano),
Bernard Richter (Tenor), Eric Cutler (Tenor)
Conductor:  Marc Minkowski
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Musiciens du Louvre
Period: Romantic 
Written: by 1842 

Sound Samples

Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Ouverture
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act I: Hojohe! Hallojo! Hojoha! Ho!
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act I: Aria: Die Frist ist um
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act I: He! Holla! Steuermann!
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act II: Summ und brumm, du gutes Radchen
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act II: Johohoe!
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act II: Bleib, Senta! Bleib nur einen Augenblick!
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act II: Mein Kind, du siehst mich auf der Schwelle
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act II: Wie aus der Ferne langst vergang'ner Zeiten
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act II: Verzeiht! Mein Volk halt draussen sich nicht mehr
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act III: Steuermann, lass die Wacht!
Der fliegende Hollander (The Flying Dutchman): Act III: Was musst' ich horen

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