Herzogenberg - Columbus | CPO 5551782

Herzogenberg - Columbus

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Label: CPO

Cat No: 5551782

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 30th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Andre Schuen (baritone)
Michael Schade (tenor)
Markus Butter (baritone)
Chor & Extrachor der Oper Graz
Grazer Philharmoniker

Conductor

Dirk Kaftan

Works

Herzogenberg, Heinrich von

Columbus: a dramatic cantata, op.11

Artists

Andre Schuen (baritone)
Michael Schade (tenor)
Markus Butter (baritone)
Chor & Extrachor der Oper Graz
Grazer Philharmoniker

Conductor

Dirk Kaftan

About

Columbus: Dramatic Cantata for soloists, male choir, mixed choir and full orchestra, op.11, which celebrated its premiere at the Graz Music Society Concert Hall on 4 December 1870, is an extraordinary work within Heinrich von Herzogenberg’s oeuvre as a whole and differs greatly from many other compositions by him. During his younger years Herzogenberg was very much attracted to Wagner and the 'New German' style – which also had an impact on Columbus, resulting in a work that is a combination of both stage and concert genres. Like Wagner, he wrote the libretto himself and did so while following the model provided by the typical four-part sequence of a drama with a presentation, an intensification, a climactic or turning point, and a resolution. After the successful premiere a review appeared in the Grazer Tagespost that is all the more interesting insofar as it was penned by Friedrich Hausegger, a member of the so-called 'progressive camp'. If we think merely of Herzogenberg as the Brahms emulator of his middle and later creative phases, then Hausegger’s words correct our one-sided picture of the composer: "We were most pleasantly surprised by his Columbus. With it the composer proved not only that he can assemble little elements, perhaps ones formed in imitation, to produce a well-formed whole but also that he can draw on impressive resources, that he is able to master a significant subject with a bold and sure hand."

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