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Marschner: Der Vampyr / Hillebrand, Auger, Fiedler

Release Date: 11/17/1998 
Label:  Opera D'oro   Catalog #: 1186   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heinrich Marschner
Performer:  Jane MarschAlexander MaltaDonald GrobeArleen Augér,   ... 
Conductor:  Fritz Rieger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 22 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Heinrich Marschner's 1828 Der Vampyr is my favorite 19th-century opera to have missed repertory status. It is easily pigeonholed as a cross between Der Freischütz and Der fliegende Holländer, but it was a major influence on that first Wagnerian masterpiece. Marschner's opera matches the former in lyricism and the latter in drama, and it exceeds both in imagination. There are also connections to Don Giovanni in the story and the relationships among the characters. The music is gorgeously lyrical and intensely dramatic throughout; some numbers include considerable internal repetition, but there is not a minute of padding in the entire work, which flows—perhaps one should say flies—from opening chord to Read more closing chorus. A full complement of operatic forms is deployed: arias, duets, trios, quartets, choruses, and a vocal quintet that serves as momentary comic relief. The composer's special skill is maintaining a fantastic, demonic atmosphere such as Weber created in the Wolf's Glen scene.

Fritz Rieger leads the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in an impassioned performance, and Roland Herman sings a magnificent, almost demonic Ruthven. Donald Grobe is an above-average Aubry, the young Arleen Auger sings a radiant if overly cautious Malwina, Jane Marsch is an acceptable but too mature sounding Janthe, and Anna Tomowa-Sintow a fine Emmy. Many sections of dialogue are included; unfortunately, the voice of the actor in each role in no way resembles that of the singer.

– James H. North, Fanfare [5-6/2002] Read less

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Der Vampyr by Heinrich Marschner
Performer:  Jane Marsch (Soprano), Alexander Malta (Bass), Donald Grobe (Tenor),
Arleen Augér (Soprano), Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Soprano), Nikolaus Hillebrand (Bass),
Trudeliese Schmidt (Mezzo Soprano), Victor von Halem (Bass), Manfred Schmidt (Tenor),
Kurt Böhme (Bass), John Van Kesteren (Tenor), Heiner Hopfner (Tenor),
Hans Herbert Fiedler (Spoken Vocals), Roland Hermann (Baritone)
Conductor:  Fritz Rieger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
Date of Recording: 1974 
Venue:  Live  Munich, Germany 
Length: 142 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 

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