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Henze: Der Junge Lord / Dohnányi, Mathis, Otto, Hoppe

Release Date: 07/14/2010 
Label:  Dg 20th Century Classics Catalog #: 445248   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Ivan SardiManfred RöhrlFritz HoppeHelmut Krebs,   ... 
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper OrchestraArnold Schoenberg Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Hans Werner Henze’s dark comedy The Young Lord, to a well-crafted libretto by his one-time partner Ingeborg Bachmann, was given its premiere in Berlin in 1965 and has since received numerous stagings. This 1967 recording captures the original cast in good though dryish sound.

The arrival of the mysterious Sir Edgar and his strange retinue in a provincial German town produces curiosity among local society that turns to resentment when the aristocrat cold-shoulders the town’s leading figures. He executes a poetically apt yet disturbing revenge... Henze sets this discomfiting satire in neo-classical style, following the precepts of opera buffa in a manner similar to Stravinsky in The Rake’s Progress. His music shows a mastery of
Read more means, and a neat combination of lyricism and sharpness, but slides intermittently into anonymity.

The performance is precisely controlled by Christoph von Dohnányi. Donald Grobe deploys a fresh lyric tenor as Wilhelm, a young man of sensibility, and Edith Mathis is eminently sweet-toned as Luise, the object of his affections. Patricia Johnson is effective as Baroness Grünwiesel, the snobbish and spiteful social arbiter of Hülsdorf-Gotha, while Barry McDaniel combines the sinister side of Sir Edgar’s secretary with an appropriately de haut en bas manner.

Performance: 5 (out of 5), Sound: 4 (out of 5)

-- George Hall, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

Der junge lord by Hans Werner Henze
Performer:  Ivan Sardi (Bass), Manfred Röhrl (Bass), Fritz Hoppe (Bass),
Helmut Krebs (Tenor), Donald Grobe (Tenor), Vera Little (Alto),
Patricia Johnson (Alto), Lisa Otto (Soprano), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Bella Jasper (Soprano), Günther Treptow (Bass), Loren Driscoll (Tenor),
Ruth Hesse (Mezzo Soprano), Barry McDaniel (Baritone), Ernst Krukowski (Bass),
Marina Türke (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christoph von Dohnányi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra,  Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1964; Germany 
Language: German 

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