Notes & Reviews:
The first performance of 'The Trumpeter of Sackingen' on May 4, 1884 at the Stadttheater in Leipzig was an unprecedented success. For the hundredth Leipzig performance there was a procession with flaming torches in honor of the composer. 'The Trumpeter' then began its triumphant conquest of the entire German theatre scene; within a few years the opera had been performed several thousand times and, by the turn of the century, had established its place in the repertoire of all the major opera houses. That great critical authority Eduard Hanslick showed most restraint, making an attempt to analyze the 'popular force, the winning something' in Nessler's 'musical mediocrity', and concluding: 'The most remarkable thing in this unprecedentedly successful opera is precisely its success.' In 1884 - the year following Wagner's death, the year which saw the premieres of Massenet's 'Manon' and Puccini's first work, 'Le Villi', the year in which Bruckner's seventh symphony and Mahler's 'Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen' were composed, - the tastes of the Biedermeier period and quaint romanticism had made their second conquest of the German opera world.
BBC Music Magazine, April 2014
The folksy tale of the loyal trumpeter of Sackingen is attached to music of simple but genuine charm, appealingly delivered here.
Personnel: Regina Klepper (vocals); Hermann Prey (vocals); Christoph Spath, Alfred Kuhn, Katharina Kammerloher, Reinhard Hagen, Franz Hawlata (vocals).
Recording information: Groáer Sendesaal, Köln (08/1994/09/1994).
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Works DetailsNessler, Viktor : Der Trompeter von Säkkingen
- Conductor: Helmuth Froschauer
- Ensemble: WDR Rundfunkorchester Koln
- Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
- Period Time: Romantic
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1884