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German Romantic Opera / Heppner, Runnicles, North German RSO


Release Date: 10/13/1998 
Label:  Rca Victor Red Seal Catalog #: 63239   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Ludwig van BeethovenRichard WagnerCarl Maria von WeberErich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Ben Heppner
Conductor:  Sir Colin DavisDonald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraNorth German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

I began by re-programming this excellent recital into a proper order rather than the nonsensical one chosen by RCA. How could they place Wagner (his items themselves out of chronology) before Beethoven and Weber and then suddenly follow Weber with Korngold? All of which cannot detract from the beauty, reliability and musicality of every item in this pot-pourri of German opera. Heppner must now be counted among the most consistent of tenors in this kind of repertory this century. Particularly welcome is his singing of Tristan's, Siegfried's and Parsifal's music: with his secure technique and sturdy frame these roles have surely found their ideal interpreter for the first decade of the coming century. Much as I dislike bleeding chunks and the Read more way they end in mid-air, such firmly sung and intelligently phrased readings justify the practice on this occasion.

Heppner would also be an ideal interpreter, on this evidence, of Max and Adolar in the Weber operas, the lyrical and dramatic nicely held in balance. Florestan's scena is taken from the complete recording under Sir Colin Davis. Here and in one or two places, you may find the Achilles' heel in Heppner's approach: just occasionally one would like that extra frisson less well-behaved singers such as, say, Ludwig Suthaus and Jon Vickers used to bring to their singing of this kind of music, the feeling that they were living the emotions - and which Heppner himself provides in the rapturous opulence of the Korngold, a substantial bonne houche. In the items, other than the Beethoven. Heppner is admirably partnered by Runnicles, who always makes us aware of the context and, by dint of forward movement and the maintenance of line, avoids the pseudo-profundity of much Wagner conducting these days. The recording is in all respects exemplary. Highly recommended.

-- Gramophone [1/1999] Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Fidelio, Op. 72: Gott! welch Dunkel hier!...In des Lebens... by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1805/1814; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1995 
Venue:  Herkulessaal der Residenz, Munich 
Length: 11 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: German 
2. Rienzi: Allmächt'ger Vater, blick herab by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1840-1843; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 8 Secs. 
Language: German 
3. Der fliegende Holländer: Willst jenes Tag's by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Written: 1841/1852; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 23 Secs. 
Language: German 
4. Tristan und Isolde: Dünkt dich das? by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1859; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with the text "Wo ich erwacht...," two lines after "Dünkt ich das?" 
5. Parsifal: Nur eine Waffe taugt by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877-1882; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Language: German 
6. Siegfried: Selige Öde auf sonniger Höh'n by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1871; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 11 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: German 
7. Götterdämmerung: Brünnhilde, heilige Braut (Siegfried's death) by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1874; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
8. Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Wehen mir Lüfte Ruh' by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Language: German 
9. Der Freischütz, J 277: Nein! Länger trag'...Durch die Wälder by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1817-1821; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
10. Die tote Stadt, Op. 12: O Freund, ich werde Sie nicht wiedersehen by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Performer:  Ben Heppner (Tenor)
Conductor:  Donald Runnicles
Orchestra/Ensemble:  North German Radio Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 05/1998 
Venue:  Musikhalle, Hamburg, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 41 Secs. 
Language: German 

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