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Schreker: Orchestral Works Vol 2 / Sinaisky, Karneus, Et Al


Release Date: 10/23/2001 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 9951   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Schreker
Performer:  Katarina Karnéus
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 16 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Franz Schreker composed his Romantic Suite in 1903, around the same time he began work on his opera Die Ferne Klang. Though the two works share stylistic traits (those being post-Wagnerian chromaticism), the highlight of the suite actually is the Intermezzo, a wistful and tender work for string orchestra that recalls the melancholy strains of Edvard Grieg. Prelude to Das Spielwerk (1911) and the Five Songs of 1909 represent Schreker's mature style: sensuous, evocative, and inhabiting the nebulous harmonic regions lying between Tristan and Alban Berg. The songs' restrained and somber mood reflects that of the texts which, drawn from varied sources, deal with lost love, loneliness, despair, and hope, all tellingly revealed by Katarina Read more Karnéus' heartfelt and moving singing.

Lastly, Prelude to a Grand Opera (1933) comes from Schreker's uncompleted Memnon. Based on an Egyptian subject, the score makes much use of colorful percussion and Eastern modalities. By this time Schreker had refined his sound world down to its purest elements. Gone are the extended chromaticism and luxuriant sonorities of his earlier works, replaced instead by sparser textures and more clearly distinct thematic materials (though these don't always hold your attention over the piece's 24-minute duration). Vassily Sinaisky's full immersion in and enthusiasm for Schreker's style carries over to his BBC players, who deliver nothing less than highly committed performances of this unfamiliar music. Chandos' warm, reverberant-yet-detailed recording completes the package.
--Victor Carr Jr., ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Gesänge (5) by Franz Schreker
Performer:  Katarina Karnéus (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1909/1922; Austria 
Language: German 
2.
Vorspiel zu einer grossen Oper by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; Germany 
3.
Romantische Suite, Op. 14 by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1902; Austria 
4.
Das Spielwerk und die Prinzessin: Overture by Franz Schreker
Conductor:  Vassili Sinaisky
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1908-1912; Austria 

Sound Samples

Romantische Suite, Op. 14: I. Idylle: Andante
Romantische Suite, Op. 14: II. Scherzo: Prestissimo - Trio [l'istesso tempo]
Romantische Suite, Op. 14: III. Intermezzo: In sanfter Bewegung
Romantische Suite, Op. 14: IV. Tanz: Allegro vivace [etwas derb]
5 Gesange: No. 1. Ich frag' nach dir jedwede Morgensonne ...
5 Gesange: No. 2. Dies aber kann mein Sehnen nimmer fassen ...
5 Gesange: No. 3. Die Dunkelheit sinkt schwer wie Blei
5 Gesange: No. 4. Sie sind so schon die milden, sonnenreichen ...
5 Gesange: No. 5. Einst gibt ein Tag mir alles Gluck zu eigen
Das Spielwerk: Prelude
Vorspiel zu einer grossen Oper Memnon: Vorspiel zu einer grossen Oper

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