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Entartete Musik - Schulhoff: Flammen / Mauceri, Et Al

Release Date: 01/23/1996 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 444630   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Kurt WestiChristianne BerggoldIris VermillionJohann Werner Prein,   ... 
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber ChorusDeutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 14 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Impressionistic, jazzy, expressionistic, and composed by a Jewish Communist in l932, Flammen didn't stand a chance with the Nazis. But it's a marvelous work—inventive, entertaining, possibly unique. The libretto is only 38 pages long; more than a third of the music is orchestral. Don Juan is at the opera's center, but here he is condemned to passion and life—he can find no eternal rest. He travels from time to time and place to place; his conquests give him no joy despite the fact that he wreaks havoc wherever he goes. The character of death follows him—she seems to truly love him but cannot make him her own. The opera inhabits a fantasy world without rhyme or reason—just a great deal of stunning
Read more and atmospheric music, with small nods to Berg, Korngold, and a hint of Weill—but at the same time totally original. The performances are excellent, with Kurt Westi a clear-voiced Don, jaded, exhausted, and unable to rest; Jane Eaglen is superb in a handful of roles representing the women in his life; and Iris Vermilion is an almost-dark-enough Death. John Mauceri leads a tight, riveting performance, and Decca allows us to hear this hallucinatory score in all its glory.

— Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

Flammen by Erwin Schulhoff
Performer:  Kurt Westi (Tenor), Christianne Berggold (Alto), Iris Vermillion (Mezzo Soprano),
Johann Werner Prein (Bass), Jane Eaglen (Soprano), Regina Schudel (Soprano),
Celina Lindsley (Soprano), Kaja Borris (Mezzo Soprano), Gerd Wolf (),
Elvira Dressen (Alto), Carola Höhn (Soprano)
Conductor:  John Mauceri
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin RIAS Chamber Chorus,  Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927-1928; Czech Republic 
Date of Recording: 1993-94 
Venue:  Jesus Christus Kirche, Berlin 
Length: 134 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 

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