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Franz Schreker: Der Ferne Klang / Moser, Schnaut, Halem

Album Summary

>Schreker, Franz : Der Ferne Klang, opera in 3 acts
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"I thought of myself, of the drama of growing up, of the folly of this life with its uncertain issue, of all the tragedies that harshly befall us and now and again - often only fleetingly - involve us in their confusion of scene. And I wrote Der ferne Klang out of myself, out of my own youthful experience." (Franz Schreker)

American Record Guide, January/February 2014
Both Der Ferne Klang recordings have strong points. Gerd Albrecht conducts the Capriccio with more sweep and drama. Thomas Moser is an excellent Fritz. Capriccio's Roland Herrmann makes a star vehicle of the Count's song, and the many minor characters carry out their roles well. As Mr Moses pointed, out, the Capriccio's shortcoming is Gabriele Schnaut's Grete. She sings with a good sense of drama and line. Marco Polo's Elena Grigorescu is more lyrical and girlish when needed.

BBC Music Magazine, February 2014
Fine studio recording of Schreker's first successful opera. Although Schnaut as Grete has some tuning problems, the rest of the cast is convincing and the orchestra plays with great finesse.

Opera Now
Schreker isn't afraid to pull his punches when it comes to creating a big effect...Albrecht conducts...with appropriate brilliance and unleashes some gorgeous sounds...if you remember [Schnaut's] glass-shattering later career you will be astounded at the lyricism, even delicacy, that she brings to her singing here.

Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Barbara Hahn, Gudrun Sieber, Thomas Moser , Gidon Saks, Julia Juon, Gabriele Schnaut, Gertrud Ottenthal, Claudio Otelli, Siegmund Nimsgern, Barbara Scherler, Johannes Werner Prein, Hans Helm, Peter Haage, Robert Worle, Rolf Appel, Victor von Halem, Roland Hermann (vocals).

Recording information: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (10/16/1990-10/20/1990).


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>Schreker, Franz : Der Ferne Klang, opera in 3 acts
  • Conductor: Gerd Albrecht
  • Ensemble: Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
  • Notes: Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin (10/16/1990-10/20/1990)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1901-1910