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Schreker: Der ferne Klang / Schulz, Randt, Kaftan, Augsburg Philharmonic

Schreker / Schulz / Randt / Coat / Kaftan
Release Date: 07/26/2011 
Label:  Ars Produktion   Catalog #: 38080  
Composer:  Franz Schreker
Performer:  Sally Du RandtMathias SchulzStephen Owen
Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Franz Schreker (1878-1934) is one of the many late romantic German and Austrian composers who became victims of the Nazi purge on “degenerate art”. Musically, his operas are no more radical than Strauss’ Elektra. But whereas Strauss retreated into a sort of polite neo-classicism tinged with Wagner in his later years, Schreker stayed a basically late-romantic expressionist and this expressionist aspect doomed his music. Der Ferne Klang debuted in 1912 in Frankfurt and launched Schreker into the top rank of composers of his time. The same year he was appointed to the faculty of the Vienna Academy of Music in the areas of counterpoint, harmony, and composition. The plot involves an artist who abandons his fiancé to go in search of “the Read more distant sound” which will allow him to produce the perfect work of art. As the opera progresses, the main character, Fritz, leads a life of gradually increasing desolation and eventually dies. On his death bed he finally hears “Der ferne Klang”. The score is in fine expressionist mode, though basically tonal. Schreker was one of the most brilliant orchestrators of the early 20th century.

The present recording arises out of highly acclaimed live performances of the opera given in the Augsburg Opera House (Germany) in spring 2010.
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Der ferne Klang by Franz Schreker
Performer:  Sally Du Randt (Soprano), Mathias Schulz (Tenor), Stephen Owen (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Dirk Kaftan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: circa 1901-1910; Austria 

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