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Pfitzner: Das Christelflein / Flor, Munich Radio SO, et al

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  1. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Ouverture
  2. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Sie schlafen alle, weit und breit! (Elflein, Tannegreis) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Krank? O weh! Was mag das sein? (Elflein) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Ich schreite durch den Schnee einher (Knecht Rupprecht) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Du holdes Puppengesicht (Knecht Rupprecht, Jochen, Franz, Christkindchen, Elflein, Tannegreis) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Tannenjunker! (Elflein, Tannegreis, Engel) - Beifall geblendet
  13. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Introduction $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Wo ist der Baum? (Gumpach, Franz, Frieder) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Melodram: Du bist der Frieder $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Als Christ, der Herr, verklaret war (Knecht Rupprecht) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) - Act II: Instrumental $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Christkindchen tut lauten (Christkindchen, Knecht Rupprecht, Elflein, Engel) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Pfitzner, H. — Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20: Act II: Alle Englein freuen sich (Engel, Trautchen, Frieder, Tannegreis) - Beifall geblendet $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Pfitzner, Hans : Das Christ-Elflein, opera, Op. 20
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Notes & Reviews:

"Pfitzner first wrote incidental music to a play of this name by a friend. Then in 1917 he turned it into an opera with dialogue. Here it is given with a narration replacing the dialogue. The Christmas fairy-tale involving the elf of the title, the Christ child, a fir tree and a sick girl (a mute part) cured by the intervention of the Christ child, is fairly mawkish but Pfitzner clothed it in music of Humperdinck-like melodiousness and light instrumentation, which is a far cry from his much better known Palestrina. Indeed, you might consider them written by different composers. The musical setting lasts not much more than 75 minutes, consisting of an overture and several beautiful, often moving numbers. Ingenuous as they may be, they are unassumingly right for the simple sincerity of the story. They are played lovingly by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor's sympathetic baton. The most significant part is that of the title-role, an elf given the Christ prefix through his good deeds. The accomplished Marlis Petersen easily encompasses its appreciable difficulties singing with a crystalline tone and expressive feeling that recall the artistry of Lucia Popp. Martina Rüping's soprano sounds sufficiently light and boyish in the role of the Christ-child. Michael Volle's full-bodied bass, well known in Lieder, sings powerfully as Ruprecht. The Tolzer Boys' Choir offer their customary clarity of tone and word." -Gramophone



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>Pfitzner, Hans : Das Christ-Elflein, opera, Op. 20
  • Performers: Christian Bauer (Tenor); Kevin Connors (Tenor); Andreas Hörl (Bass); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Friedemann Röhlig (Bass); Martina Ruping (Voice); Richard Salter (Bass-Baritone); Michael Volle (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Claus Flor
  • Notes: Philharmonie am Gasteig, München (12/17/2004-12/19/2004)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1906
  • Studio/Live: Live