Schreker - Orchestral Music from the Operas
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Cat No: BIS2212
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 28th October 2016
ArtistsRoyal Swedish Orchestra
Schreker composed almost exclusively operas, and with few exceptions to his own librettos, thus ensuring that his subjects were suitable for a musical treatment – indeed that they demanded such a treatment. In several of his works music plays an important part in the plot itself – in both Das Spielwerk and Der Schatzgräber a magic instrument plays a pivotal role, and in Der ferne Klang the elusive ‘distant sound’ that the composer Fritz searches for so desperately is a symbol of true love.
It is therefore not surprising that the orchestral sections of Schreker’s operas are of greater importance for the work as a whole than what is the case with many other composers. Often presenting them as independent pieces in concert, Schreker lavished his striking gifts as an orchestrator on them, creating shimmering, glittering and impassioned works of art. The Royal Swedish Orchestra, of the Royal Opera in Stockholm, performs them here under its chief conductor Lawrence Renes – a team which in 2013 released another sonic spectacular of operatic descent, namely an orchestral tone poem devised by Henk de Vlieger from Richard Wagner’s Ring des Nibelungen (BIS2052).
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