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Walter Braunfels (1882-1954): The Annunciation / Juliane Banse, Robert Holl, Matthias Klink, Hanna Schwarz et al. Munich RSO, Ulf Schirmer

Album Summary

>Braunfels, Walter : Verkündigung, opera, Op. 50
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

During the Weimar Republic era, alongside Richard Strauss, the then oft-performed composer Walter Braunfels was considered an important exponent of a moderate modernism. Despite his Jewish roots, his works are characterized by a deep Christian humanism. Written in 1933, Verkündigung ("The Annunciation"), set in medieval times, reflects on the major issues of that time, including a search for meaning behind undeserved suffering. Ulf Schirmer leads the Münchner Rundfunkorchester with renowned soprano Juliane Banse and rising tenor Matthias Klink in the main roles.

American Record Guide, March/April 2015
Tisbe is a superlative opera. Bescianello uses a wide variety of musical depiction of nature: flowing brooks, the flight of a dove, etc. His favorite triple rhythms are most impressive in his depiction the bagpipes of Italian shepherds, much like the Christmas concertos of his Italian contemporaries - even of the pastoral In Handel's Messiah. There is some French influence from the divertissements of the tragedie lyrique. Naturally there are influences from Vivaldi and Albinoni. This mixture of French and Italian styles was common in German-speaking countries at the time. The music is overall gentle, delicate, captivating in its dance-tunes and melodies. The orchestra plays a generous part in the musical magic. Brescianello made an unusual change in the ending of Martello's libretto. Each of the singers caresses the music with delicacy. Instead a lovely, round, even romantic sound is heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Prinzregententheater, München (12/17/2011-12/18/2011).


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>Braunfels, Walter : Verkündigung, opera, Op. 50
  • Performers: Juliane Banse (Soprano); Adrian Erod (Voice); Janina Baechle (Mezzo Soprano); Robert Holl (Bass); Matthias Klink (Tenor); Mauro Peter; Vanessa Goikoetxea; Johannes Stermann
  • Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
  • Ensemble: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Prinzregententheater, München (12/17/2011-12/18/2011)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1933-1935