Notes & Reviews:
Krister St. Hill (Jonny), Heinz Kruse (Max), Alessandra Marc (Anita), Marita Posselt (Yvonne)
Leipzig Opernchor & Gewandhausorchester, Lothar Zagrosek
"The great merit of this recording, derived from a revival at the Leipzig Opera House where Jonny had its triumphant premiere, is that it devotes as much care to 'Max's' music as to Jonny's. Treat the work as a 'jazz opera' and its non-jazz scenes (the majority) risk sounding thin by comparison. In fact Krenek's own idiom is a curious but effective blend of lyricism, sounding pre- rather than post-Wagnerian, with harmonies that often render that lyricism ambiguous. But it is the lyrical quality that unifies the opera's two worlds, that and a crisp use of rhythmic motif... The recording ensures that you won't miss the swanee whistle and the flexatone, and provides enjoyable sound effects to stand in for the car-chase and the steam locomotive that were as much a part of the opera's newsworthiness as its jazz elements. I was expecting period fun; Jonny spielt auf is a good deal more than that, and the case for investigating the music of Krenek's subsequent six decades of creative life now seems compelling." -GramophoneNotes & Reviews:
Recording information: Paul Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany (11/14/1991-11/26/1991).
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Works DetailsKrenek, Ernst [Composer] : Jonny spielt auf, opera, Op. 45
- Performers: Heinz Kruse (Tenor); Gunar Kaltofen (Violin)
- Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
- Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
- Notes: Paul Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany (11/14/1991-11/26/1991)
- Running Time: 125 min. 15 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1925-1926