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Aribert Reimann: Medea, opera

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  1. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Die Zeit der Nacht, der Zauber ist vorbei (Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Lass dich noch einmal schaun (Gora, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Weggehaucht die Vergangenheit (Gora, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Schweig! (Medea, Gora) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Was suchst du in der Finsternis? (Jason, Medea, Gora) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Medea! Halt mich fur grausam nicht (Jason, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Wo ist der Fremde? (Kreon, Jason) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Jason! (Kreusa, Jason, Kreon, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Die Kinder lieben mich (Medea, Kreusa, Jason, Kreon) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Reimann — Medea: Act I: Interlude I $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Reimann — Medea: Act II: Ich seh dich an, seh dich wieder an (Medea, Kreusa) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Reimann — Medea: Act II: Jason! (Kreusa, Jason, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Reimann — Medea: Act II: Ein Herold steht vor meinem Haus (Kreon, Herold, Jason) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Reimann — Medea: Act II: Sie tritt ein beim Konig (Herold) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Reimann — Medea: Act II: Wer wagt es … ? (Kreon, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Reimann — Medea: Act II: Allein gehen heisst ihr mich? (Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Sie meinen, sie wurde gehen (Gora) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Was flieht uns deine Frau? (Kreon, Gora, Jason) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Was willst du? (Medea, Kreon, Jason) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Kein Fremder stort uns mehr (Medea, Jason) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Jason! O sieh, sie lieben mich (Kreusa, Kreon, Jason, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Wer gibt mir einen Dolch fur mich und sie?! (Medea, Gora) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Deine Frist ist um (Kreon, Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Er geht. Dahin in sein Verderben (Medea, Gora) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Was hat eure Mutter euch getan …? (Medea) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Nicht dir, den Gottern send ich sie! (Medea, Gora, Jason, Kreon) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Reimann — Medea: Act III: Interlude II $0.99 on iTunes
  28. Reimann — Medea: Act IV: Mein Haupt es brennt (Jason) $0.99 on iTunes
  29. Reimann — Medea: Act IV: Jason. (Medea, Jason) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Reimann, Aribert : Medea, opera
Performer Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The new production of the Opera "Lear" by Reimann (1978) was a high point in the recent history of the Frankfurt Opera and wonderful preparation for staging a genuine Reimann premiere at the opera house in Frankfurt. The opera "Medea", has a libretto written by the composer, based on text by Franz Grillparzer's and was created for the Vienna State Opera. The Viennese premiere took place in February 2010. Six months later, the curtain went up on the German premiere at the Frankfurt Opera.

"In comparison with the earlier operas, the textures are pared down, and the orchestral forces used with greater restraint: jaggedly expressive vocal lines are underpinned with just a single instrument or a veil of strings. Yet Reimann's sense of dramatic pacing is now so acute that the lack of weight is never noticed; even if it's not always clear what Reimann's music is adding, the mix is powerfully effective, and this recording, taken from the production in Frankfurt last autumn, in which Claudia Barainsky is outstanding in the title role, conveys a real sense of its theatrical impact." -The Guardian

Reimann has written a very transparent, and often delicate orchestral parts that connect to the expressiveness of the voices with instruments very well. He shows masterful sense of drama and Personenpsychographie. Claudia sings the title role Barainsky quite gorgeous. Their partners are reliable and the orchestra plays very committed.

Reimann uses his large orchestra with restraint, so the singers are never overwhelmed. His reticence in using the strings in anything like a conventional melodic manner makes their occasional bursts of lyricism all the more striking... .visually stunning production; the potent images make it easy to imagine that the opera made an especially gripping impression in the theater. The soloists are all top-notch singing actors... Erik Nielsen leads the Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester in a taut, focused, and utterly secure performance of the challenging score. The sound of the live recording is full, very well-balanced, and mostly clean.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Oper Frankfurt (09/2010/10/2010).


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>Reimann, Aribert : Medea, opera
  • Performer: Claudia Barainsky
  • Conductor: Erik Nielsen
  • Ensemble: Frankfurter Opern und Museumorchester
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2010