Notes & Reviews:
International Record Review
It's an impressive effort. The Beethoven Orchester Bonn is fully up to the challenge of Schreker's densely scored music, though deftly balanced, exemplary SACD sound means that plenty of detail is captured.
[a] medieval tale of diabolic possession, rape and fratricide by a musical style that was regarded by conservatives as too abrasive, while retaining the grand gestures that modernists found backward-looking. Schreker's command of the orchestra is as magisterial as ever, but the score's overripe romanticism seems cloying and dated"
American Record Guide, July / August 2012
Crazy Fire (Irrelohe) is an appropriate title for this hyper-everything opera. The "crazy" is in the story; the "fire" is in the music. The composer has constructed his plot from a variety of horror-film clichés, weaving an incoherent tale of curses, sexual violence, and demonization, all in a search for emotional purification - whatever that might be. Notes and synopsis in English attempt to explain all this, to little effect. But if we forget about the plot and just listen to the music, the effect is quite different - musically thrilling. It is a convincing performance, with orchestral effusions pouring forth in abandon. The singing is first-rate too. There is much to praise in soprano Greiner and mezzo Denschlag going for the audience's collective jugular vein with the vocal excitement. The anti-hero Peter is in good shape with the vocal renderings of Mark Morouse. Sadnik does well with an imposing Heinrich.
Recording information: Theater Bonn (2010-11-02_2010-11-03&2010-).
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Works DetailsSchreker, Franz : Irrelohe, opera
- Conductor: Stefan Blunier
- Ensemble: Beethoven Orchestra Bonn
- Notes: Theater Bonn (2010-11-02_2010-11-03&2010-)
- Running Time: 5 min. 23 sec.
- Period Time: Post Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1919-1922