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Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20 / Bollon, Freiberg Philharmonic

Release Date: 10/12/2018 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8660410  
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  György HanczárNutthaporn ThammathiAris ArgirisKaterina Hebelkova,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Philharmonic OrchestraFreiburg Theater Choirs
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was at the height of his fame and technical mastery by the time he began work on his fourth opera in 1923. Prominent opera houses clamored to stage his works, and the Viennese premiere of Das Wunder der Heliane (‘The Miracle of Heliane’) featured Lotte Lehmann among its star cast. Its story is one of the redemptive power of love over injustice and adversity, expressed in music that is richly impressionistic and intensely dramatic. Korngold was criticized for resisting the tide of modernist atonality in this opulent score, but its symbolism and compelling romantic atmosphere can be appreciated today more than ever. This Freiburg Opera production has a strong cast topped by soprano Annemarie Kremer, one of the most Read more successful singers in the lyric dramatic soprano repertoire. Award-winning baritone Aris Argiris has established an international career, performing regularly at the world’s most prestigious opera houses. Read less

Works on This Recording

Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  György Hanczár (Tenor), Nutthaporn Thammathi (Tenor), Aris Argiris (Baritone),
Katerina Hebelkova (Alto), Annemarie Kremer (Soprano), Ian Storey (Tenor),
Frank Van Hove (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fabrice Bollon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Freiburg Theater Choirs
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1927; Hamburg, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Powerful Work January 31, 2019 By JOSEPH ERDELJAC (WEST CHESTER, PA) See All My Reviews "This little known opera is amazing in many ways. It is of the modern era taking much from Mahler, Strauss and Puccini in the orchestral and vocal composition while maintaining a flavor all its own. It is true Korngold from start to finish. The vocal writing is extremely demanding and the cast is up to the task. Like Wagnerian and Straussian roles it takes all of the singers talents to deliver. Some strain can be heard in both the tenor and soprano, but this does not distract from the mesmerizing overall effect. There is also some feeling of expressionism and impressionism in the score which adds to this compelling work. The one drawback to this recording is that the NAXOS label does not include a full libretto. When will they wake up to the fact that a full libretto will greatly enhance the listening experience; especially with such an unknown composition." Report Abuse
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