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Korngold - Das Wunder der Heliane

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Label: Naxos - Opera

Cat No: 866041012

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 3

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th October 2018

Contents

Artists

Annemarie Kremer (soprano)
Katerina Hebelkova (alto)
Ian Storey (tenor)
Nutthaporn Thammathi (tenor)
Gyorgy Hanczar (tenor)
Aris Argiris (baritone)
Frank van Hove (bass)
Opernchor and Extrachor of the Theater Freiburg
Members of the Freiburger Bachchor
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

Conductor

Fabrice Bollon

Works

Korngold, Erich Wolfgang

Das Wunder der Heliane, op.20

Artists

Annemarie Kremer (soprano)
Katerina Hebelkova (alto)
Ian Storey (tenor)
Nutthaporn Thammathi (tenor)
Gyorgy Hanczar (tenor)
Aris Argiris (baritone)
Frank van Hove (bass)
Opernchor and Extrachor of the Theater Freiburg
Members of the Freiburger Bachchor
Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg

Conductor

Fabrice Bollon

About

Erich Wolfgang Korngold was at the height of his fame and technical mastery by the time he began work on his fourth opera in 1923. Prominent opera houses clamoured to stage his works, and the Viennese premiere of Das Wunder der Heliane (‘The Miracle of Heliane’) featured Lotte Lehmann among its star cast. Its story is one of the redemptive power of love over injustice and adversity, expressed in music that is richly impressionistic and intensely dramatic. Korngold was criticised for resisting the tide of modernist atonality in this opulent score, but its symbolism and compelling romantic atmosphere can be appreciated today more than ever.

Cast:
- Heliane: Annemarie Kremer (soprano)
- The Ruler: Aris Argiris (baritone)
- The Stranger: Ian Storey (tenor)
- The Messenger: Katerina Hebelkova (alto)
- The Gatekeeper: Frank van Hove (bass)
- The Sword Judge: Nutthaporn Thammathi (tenor)
- The Young Man: Gyorgy Hanczar (tenor)

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