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Werner Egk: Der Revisor / Bihlmaier, Nasrawi, Walker, Zink, Koch, Galkin, Dries

Egk / Bihlmaier / Philharmonic Orch Augsburg
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 912   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Werner Egk
Performer:  Janet WalkerMarkus HauserCornelia ZinkMichael Dries,   ... 
Conductor:  Hans Norbert Bihlmaier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Werner Egk’s comic opera Der Revisor premiered in 1957. Egk brilliantly condenses Nikolai Gogol’s comedy to create an opera score whose wittiness and acuity is equal to the original in every way. Composed as a number opera in the traditional opera buffa manner, the music bubbles over with ideas, illustrative moments, onomatopoeic effects and stylistic parodies, e.g. from jazz and sacred music. The work’s basic “Russian” color is created by harmonic references to Russian folkloric music.

The CD ROM portion of the second CD contains extensive information on the opera’s environment and the events leading up to its creation as well as on the composer’s life and works. In addition to biographical material, it provides examples of
Read more Werner Egk’s artistic work as well as fotos from the Augsburg production. The material is rounded out by two radio interviews that Werner Egk gave to the Bavarian Radio Broadcasting Company in 1956 and 1976.
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Works on This Recording

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Der Revisor by Werner Egk
Performer:  Janet Walker (Mezzo Soprano), Markus Hauser (Bass), Cornelia Zink (Soprano),
Michael Dries (Bass-baritone), Felipe Peiró (Voice), Douglas Nasrawi (Tenor),
Juri Svatenko (Voice), Nikola David (Tenor), Nikolai Galkin (Voice)
Conductor:  Hans Norbert Bihlmaier
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: by 1957; Germany 

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