Notes & Reviews:
In a classically operatic set of comedic circumstances, we find a love triangle gone askew: Gilfen and Luise are having marriage trouble; Gilfen wishes to escape. Family friend Trott has fallen in love with Luise and hopes to profit from Gilfen's absence. In his eagerness to hasten Gilfen's departure, Trott takes over the travel arrangements - and so begins a comedy of errors. Recorded live in 1964 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of d'Albert's birth, this brief but delicious operetta is fit listening for any opera fan.
Fanfare Magazine, November/December 2012
Die Abreise (The Departure) is a charming and sophisticated one-act German comic opera by Eugen d'Albert first staged in Frankfurt in 1898. Its delightful lyrical music inextricably interwoven with the witty sung dialog of writer August von Steigentesch is a good indication that not every opera composer of the time was obsessed with the burgeoning Italian verismo style. The Profil disc also comes with a German-only libretto, if that will help you any.
Recording information: Bayerischer Rundfunk & Herkulessaal, Munich, Germany (1964).
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Works Detailsd'Albert, Eugène : Die Abreise
- Conductor: Jan Koetsier
- Ensemble: Bavaian Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Running Time: 7 min. 24 sec.
- Period Time: Post-Romantic
- Written: 1898