Notes & Reviews:
The premiere of the play Rosamunde was held in the Theater an der Wien on 20 December 1823. It was a complete disaster, and the work was removed from the program on the very next day. Despite this colossal flop the music by Franz Schubert has remained very popular! Today we know Schubert as a composer of songs, chamber music, and orchestral works. During his lifetime he fought for recognition as a dramatic composer. He produced some ten stage works, but backstage politics prevented all but three of them from being performed during his life. One of these was Rosamunde, a four-act drama after a libretto by Helmina con Chézy.
"The orchestra performs with unforced elegance. The strings have silvery sound that is also full and warm, and the winds are beautifully blended and precise. Boyd's reading is fleet but unhurried, and his nuanced pacing is supple and fluid. The recording is altogether lovely and highly recommended for fans of the composer's and of early Romantic orchestral music." -All Music Guide
"Boyd conveys the dramatic impetus of the 'First Entr'acte' without equivocation...Yet it is the 'Second Entr'acte' that emerges the most persuasively here...As to the vocal items, the Schweizer Kammerchor brings appropriate gravity to the Weber-like 'Spirits' Chorus' and a ready brio to the 'Huntsmen's Chorus', while the 'Shepherds' Chorus' is dispatched with a properly infectious swing." -International Record Review
Boyd gets crisp and responsive playing from his Winterthur orchestra, founded on lean-toned strings, wth violins properly divided left and right... [Rhythms] are supple and buoyant, while first flute, oboe and especially clarinet frolic gracefully in their many bucolic solos. The fresh-toned Swiss Chamber Choir are at least a match for their rivals; and Serena Malfi brings a flavoursome, Latin timbre, if no special feeling for the words, to the wistful Romance.
Recording information: Stadthaus Winterthur (10/05/2010-10/08/2010).
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Works DetailsSchubert, Franz : Rosamunde Incidental Music, Op. 26
- Conductor: Douglas Boyd
- Ensemble: Schweizer Kammerchor
- Notes: Stadthaus Winterthur (10/05/2010-10/08/2010)
- Running Time: 37 min. 19 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Written: 1823