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Carl Orff: Antigonae

> Antigonae - Act III: Geist der Liebe, dennoch Sieger (Chorus, Soloist)
> Antigonae - Act III: Jetzt aber komm'ich, eben, selber (Chorus, Antigonae)
> Antigonae - Act III: O Grab! O Brautbett! (Antigonae, Chorus, Kreon)
> Antigonae - Act IV: O des Landes Thebes vaterliche Stadt (Antigonae)
> Antigonae - Act IV: Der Leib auch Danaes musste (Chorus)
> Antigonae - Act IV: Ihr Fursten Thebes! miteinander kommen (Tiresias, Kreon)
> Antigonae - Act IV: O Alter! alle, wie auf eines Schutzen Ziel (Kreon, Tiresias)
> Antigonae - Act IV: Der Mann, mein Konig, ging viel prophezeiend (Chorus, Kreon)
> Antigonae - Act V: Namensshopfer, der du von den Wassern, welche Kadmos (Chorus)
> Antigonae - Act V: O ihr des Kadmos Nachbarn und Amphios (Bote, Chorus)
> Antigonae - Act V: O all ihr Burger! eine Rede merkt' ich (Eurydice)
> Antigonae - Act V: Ich liebe Frau, sag' es, als Augenzeuge (Bote)
> Antigonae - Act V: Wie nimmst du dies? Die Frau ging wieder weg (Chorus, Bote)
> Antigonae - Act V: Io! unsinnige Sinne! (Kreon, Chorus, Bote)
> Antigonae - Act V: Weh! Weh! Weh! Weh! Mich beflugelt die Furcht (Kreon, Bote, Chorus)
> Antigonae - Act V: Um vieles ist das Denken mehr (Chorus)
> Antigonae - Act III: Mein Konig, billig ist es, wenn er an der Zeit spricht (Chorus, Kreon, Hamon)

Album Summary

>Orff, Carl : Antigonae, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble
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Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Again and again, it is the painstakingly remastered historic recordings in the PROFIL catalogue that win acclaim. This time it is a legendary recording of Carl Orff's "Antigonae" with Martha Modl and Kurt Bohme, from the estate of the world-famous soprano, that can be expected to win international plaudits. No less a conductor than Wolfgang Sawallisch was on the rostrum for this performance.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Herkulessaal, Residenz, Bayerischer Rundfunk (1958).



Reviews

Orff as opera - historic reissue
The first thing to remember when checking out any of the operas by Carl Orff is that you are listening to Carl Orff. Best known for his massive para-cantata "Carmina Burana", Orff did also write operas that he intended more as music dramas or, in this case, "Sophoclean tragedy". Orff's style is characteristic - the orchestra is quite percussive and quite unusual; very spare strings but six pianos, four harps, six winds apiece and a large mallet based percussion battery. Similarily, the vocal writing is lean; lots of repeated pitch across big blocks of text and frequently in the outer ranges of his principal singers. When "Antigone" first premiered in 1949, it did not fare well - it requires very patient and attentive listening as most of his operas and theatre output presage minimalism. Indeed "Antigone" and - similarly his partner piece "Oedipus Rex" - have much less genuine "melody" than either "Carmina" or the "Catulli Carmina". There is certainly much to admire in the current recording, which is actually a sonically pristine remaster of the 1958 Munich radio recording with Wollfang Sawallisch. The principal singers are all in top form, most notably Martha Modl, a mezzo singing spectacularly in the title character's role originally intended as a soprano. The audio quality is terrific; the orchestra in particular sparkles in in its densest moments. The casual listener needs to adjust to Orff's tendency to propel and then back off; build and then recede but for any Orff fan or anyone interested in some landmark music from a very recently post-Reich Germany will find it rewarding and fascinating. Kudos to Hanssler for making this little known master work available.
Submitted on 04/21/10 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Orff, Carl : Antigonae, opera
  • Performers: Martha Mödl (Mezzo Soprano); Marianne Radev (Voice)
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch
  • Notes: Composition written: 1941-49.
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1941-1949