Notes & Reviews:
This recording is a particularly significant addition to the Hyperion catalogue. Not only is Frank Martin's wonderful three-act opera Der Sturm the first full-length live opera recording on the label, it is also a rarely staged important twentieth century masterpiece. Based on Shakespeare's The Tempest, this groundbreaking performance was given by the impressive Netherlands Radio Philharmonic under the baton of Thierry Fischer. The orchestra unfailingly matches the energy and passion of the recording's impressive cast. Written towards the end of his life and taking almost three years to complete, Der Sturm emerges as one of Martin's most inventive works. This set offers a rare opportunity to hear the full opera in its original language and is not to be missed.
Martin: Der Sturm
Robert Holl (bass)
Christine Buffle (soprano)
Ethan Herschenfeld (bass)
Josef Wagner (baritone)
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Netherlands Radio Choir
The cast is a fine one, not least Robert Holl's authoritative Prospero...and Christine Buffle's wide-eyed Miranda...Thierry Fischer secures a committed response from the Netherlands Radio forces, burnished strings and incisive woodwind heard to advantage in the fabled Concertgebouw acoustic...A near-definitive account of an opera whose take on The Tempest has yet to be equalled for sensitivity and insight.
BBC Music Magazine
The Swiss composer shaped his only full opera with complete assurance...Thierry Fischer controls all the elements with a sure hand in this recording with a strong cast
International Record Review
A score of such luminous beauty, and such a sure sense of dramatic timing, that it's a mystery that we've had to wait until now to hear it in its entirety...the singing is consistently sensitive and secure and it's matched by the superb playing of the Netherlands [RSO]. Fischer's conducting is quite magnificent: full of attention to detail and ideally paced too...the result is a major operatic release that is not only distinguished but also truly inspiring.
It's a beautifully organised score with some striking moments...This recording - the first ever of the complete work - certainly serves it well...Robert Holl is a bass rather than baritone, but invests the role [of Prospero] with great humanity. Christine Buffle appeals as Miranda, and the supporting cast, including James Gilchrist as Antonio and Simon O'Neill as Ferdinand, is also impressive.
The Arts Desk - Graham Rickson
This piece demands to be heard - it's unshowy, tautly constructed and often heartbreaking. Excellent notes and a full libretto are provided. What are you waiting for?
Recording information: Concertgebouw, Amsterdam (10/11/2008).
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Works DetailsMartin, Frank : Der Sturm, opera in 3 acts
- Conductor: Thierry Fischer
- Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Orchestra
- Running Time: 7 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1952-1955