Schurmann - Die getreue Alceste | CPO 5552072

Schurmann - Die getreue Alceste

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5552072

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 31st August 2018

Contents

Artists

Hanna Zumsande (soprano)
Santa Karinte (soprano)
Katherina Muller (soprano)
Alon Harari (countertenor)
Mirko Ludwig
Dustin Drosdziok (tenor)
Ralf Grobe (bass)
Andreas Heinemeyer (bass)
barockwerk hamburg

Conductor

Ira Hochman

Works

Schurmann, Georg Caspar

Die getreue Alceste (abridged)

Artists

Hanna Zumsande (soprano)
Santa Karinte (soprano)
Katherina Muller (soprano)
Alon Harari (countertenor)
Mirko Ludwig
Dustin Drosdziok (tenor)
Ralf Grobe (bass)
Andreas Heinemeyer (bass)
barockwerk hamburg

Conductor

Ira Hochman

About

In 2016, almost three hundred years after the composition of Georg Caspar Schürmann's Die getreue Alceste, barockwerk hamburg presented a semi-scenic performance of this opera in the atrium of the Hamburg State and University Libray. The abridged version on this CD contains the most important elements of the action as well as the musical highlights of the work. In his text the booklet author Jürgen Neubacher guides us through the action with a synopsis and explanatory inserts. In keeping with the ancient Alcestis story, love and death are the two central themes of the opera, and their emotionally charged development by the librettist and the composer numbers among the work's most magnificent moments. Schürmann's musical language initially suggests simplicity; it alternates between elements of song character and coloratura vibrancy and lends special emphasis to melody while resting on a solid compositional-technical foundation. On closer hearing, however, it reveals its great tonal beauty, rich imagination, and efficiency. This opera was extraordinarily successful when it was performed a total of forty-two times in Hamburg from 1719 to 1723.

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