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Krenek: Jonny Spielt Auf / Kruse, Marc, St Hill, Kraus, Posselt

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>Krenek, Ernst : Jonny spielt auf, opera, Op. 45

Album Summary

>Krenek, Ernst : Jonny spielt auf, opera, Op. 45
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"The great merit of this recording, derived from a revival at the Leipzig Opera House where Jonny had its triumphant premiere, is that it devotes as much care to 'Max's' music as to Jonny's. Treat the work as a 'jazz opera' and its non-jazz scenes (the majority) risk sounding thin by comparison. In fact Krenek's own idiom is a curious but effective blend of lyricism, sounding pre- rather than post-Wagnerian, with harmonies that often render that lyricism ambiguous. But it is the lyrical quality that unifies the opera's two worlds, that and a crisp use of rhythmic motif... The recording ensures that you won't miss the swanee whistle and the flexatone, and provides enjoyable sound effects to stand in for the car-chase and the steam locomotive that were as much a part of the opera's newsworthiness as its jazz elements. I was expecting period fun; Jonny spielt auf is a good deal more than that, and the case for investigating the music of Krenek's subsequent six decades of creative life now seems compelling." -Gramophone

Artists:
Krister St. Hill (Jonny), Heinz Kruse (Max), Alessandra Marc (Anita), Marita Posselt (Yvonne)
Leipzig Opernchor & Gewandhausorchester, Lothar Zagrosek

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paul Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany (11/14/1991-11/26/1991).



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>Krenek, Ernst : Jonny spielt auf, opera, Op. 45
  • Performers: Heinz Kruse (Tenor); Gunar Kaltofen (Violin)
  • Conductor: Lothar Zagrosek
  • Ensemble: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig
  • Notes: Paul Gerhardt Kirche, Leipzig-Connewitz, Germany (11/14/1991-11/26/1991)
  • Running Time: 125 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1925-1926