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Stephan: Die ersten Menschen / Franck, Gustafson, et al

Album Summary

>Stephan, Rudi : Die ersten Menschen, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone Magazine
Rudi Stephanà setting of Otto BorngrSber's "erotic mystery play" clothes the jealousy between Cain (Kajihn) and Abel (Chabel) and their incestuous desire for their mother Eve (Chawa) in moody, late-Romantic orchestral splendour. àthe new performance has a dramatic sweep lacking in the Rickenbacher. The ending of the opera... is one of those static but transcendental tableaux so beloved of other pre-First World war finales... Franck, the younger maestro... steers this to perfection, also managing a bigger and clearer "great blaze" crescendo... when Chawa sees Chabel murdered. The French Radio recording is warm and lively.


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>Stephan, Rudi : Die ersten Menschen, opera
  • Performers: Donnie Albert (Baritone); Nancy Gustafson (Soprano); Franz Hawlata (Bass); Wolfgang Millgramm (Tenor); Sarah Nemtanu (Violin)
  • Conductor: Mikko Franck
  • Ensemble: French National Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1914
  • Studio/Live: Live