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Schreker: Fantastic Overture, Etc / Vassili Sinaisky, Bbc Po


Release Date: 03/28/2000 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9797   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Franz Schreker's music seems to be undergoing a revival of sorts on disc. Most of the major operas have been recorded, though the best of them, Die Gezeichneten, has been disgracefully deleted by Decca, at least in the United States. Unfortunately, Schreker wrote very little orchestral music. Including overtures and interludes from the operas, there may be three or four discs worth, but the best thing about this state of affairs is that there's very little duplication between existing recordings by Welser-Most, Conlon (both on EMI), and Ruzicka (Koch). For example, this recording includes only a single work, the Prelude to a Drama, that's also featured on Conlon's disc.


Direct comparison in the Prelude (based on music
Read more from Die Gezeichneten) between the two recordings reveals Conlon to be the slightly more detailed, surer guide to the composer's luscious sound world than Vassily Sinaisky. Conlon also has a more transparent recording, though it's not as rich or opulent as the Chandos. Frankly, it's fun to have two new versions of this piece, surely one of the all-time great late-Romantic tone poems. As for the remainder of the disc, Sinaisky's performances easily surpass the competition on Marco Polo, though not that offered on another Koch disc featuring Michael Gielen (and others) in fine performances of the Prelude to a Drama, the marvelous Chamber Symphony, the Valse lente, and Nachtstück.


Schreker's music has everything: gorgeous tunes, drop-dead brilliant orchestration, and haunting, impressionistic harmonies. If you haven't heard it, you really should. This disc and Conlon's, plus Welser-Most's recording of the Chamber Symphony, provide the perfect basis for a collection of his important orchestral works. If you love those, then get Ruzicka's Koch disc, Gielen's as a possible supplement, and then start on the operas. There's a great composer here, and some of the most richly enjoyable music you'll ever encounter.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Der ferne Klang: Night Interlude by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 16 Minutes 15 Secs. 
2.
Der Schatzgräber: Interlude by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1920; Germany 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
3.
Valse lente by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1908; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 4 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4.
Ekkehard Overture, Op. 12 by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 12 Minutes 7 Secs. 
5.
Fantastic Overture, Op. 15 by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 9 Minutes 54 Secs. 
6.
Vorspiel zu einem Drama by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1913; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/1999 
Venue:  New Broadcasting House, Manchester 
Length: 20 Minutes 17 Secs. 

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