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Anton Urspruch (1850-1907): The Most Impossible Thing of All, comic opera / Broberg, Fendl, Wieben, Maier, Sauerbrey

Album Summary

>Urspruch, Anton : Das unmoglichste von allem (The Most Impossible Thing of All), opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Anton Urspruch was Franz Liszt's favorite pupil and saw himself as a 'progressive modernist.' His music, whilst influenced by his teacher, and by Wagner, diverged from the paths taken by contemporaries such as Reger and Richard Strauss. His masterpiece, the comic opera Das Unmoglichste von Allem, is constructed on a symphonic scale with a series of amusing plot lines powered by tuneful and inventive writing. Although the opera was well received early on by both critics and musicians, after Urspruch's death it fell into oblivion until triumphantly revived by the forces on this live recording, the first performance of the original, uncut version of the opera.

American Record Guide, May/June 2014
Since I like the work, I am grateful for the recording. I only wish I could say that it matches the quality of the work. The three leading women all sing well. Rebecca Broberg has a Straussian soprano that fits the Queen perfectly. As Diana and Celia, the sister and her maid, Anne Wieben and Caterina Maier display agile, bright lyric sopranos that perfectly capture their characters' wit and cleverness. The secondary cast is generally good, and the orchestra plays well. The booklet has a good synopsis, a very interesting essay, and cast bios. I would like to see this opera revived, with a cast worthy of its music.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: KulturStadtlev Forum, Leverkusen, Germany (09/22/2012).


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>Urspruch, Anton : Das unmöglichste von allem (The Most Impossible Thing of All), opera
  • Performers: Johannes Fottinger (Voice); Rebecca Broberg (Soprano); Matthias Gratzel; Robert Fendl
  • Conductor: Israel Yinon
  • Ensemble: PPP Music Theatre Ensemble, Munich
  • Running Time: 12 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1897