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Opera Fantasias From Shadowlands, Vol. 1

Korngold / Le Quatuor Romantique
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38075   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Heinrich MarschnerErich Wolfgang KorngoldJacques OffenbachRichard Strauss,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Le Quatuor Romantique consists of violinist Vassili Voronin, cellist Edward John Semon, Markus Märkl, piano, and its founder Joachim Diessner at the harmonium. Diessner is also a collector of his instrument; he seeks to contribute to the harmonium’s rediscovery and to revive its repertoire. He founded the ensemble Le Quatuor Romantique with the aim to breathe new life into the varied and rich music repertoire from the avantgardist salons of the late 19th Century.

Shadowlands is the ensemble’s debut CD on the ARS Produktion label. Quatuor Romantique selected the works for this recording not in order to present a kaleidoscope of works, but rather in search for evidence – evidence of both the historicity and the timelessness
Read more of dark romanticism, and evidence of its classical forms and many intersections with the art of the 20th Century. One key element is the instrumentation used for the recording – violin, violoncello, piano and harmonium – which emphasizes sonic sensuality and the discursive element of the music over a mere technical transcription. This particular combination was common in the literary salons of the early 20th Century.
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Works on This Recording

1.
Der Vampyr: Overture by Heinrich Marschner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1827; Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
Venue:  Ev. Kirche Honrath 
Length: 7 Minutes 38 Secs. 
2.
Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: Excerpt(s) by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Period: Modern 
Written: 1920 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
Venue:  Ev. Kirche Honrath 
Length: 25 Minutes 35 Secs. 
3.
Orphée aux enfers: Overture by Jacques Offenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Written: Paris, France 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
Venue:  Ev. Kirche Honrath 
Length: 8 Minutes 53 Secs. 
4.
Ariadne auf Naxos, Op. 60: Fantasy by Richard Strauss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Period: Post-Romantic 
Written: Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
Venue:  Ev. Kirche Honrath 
Length: 16 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Fantasie über Motive aus der Oper "Robert le Diable" by Giacomo Meyerbeer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Period: Romantic 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
Venue:  Ev. Kirche Honrath 
Length: 10 Minutes 27 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Piano no 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27 no 2 "Moonlight": 1st movement, Adagio sostenuto by Ludwig van Beethoven
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Le Quatuor Romantique
Period: Classical 
Written: 1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 12/2009 
Venue:  Ev. Kirche Honrath 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 

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