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Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent / Oliver Zwarg

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  1. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Lieber Gott, das ist nicht schon von Dir (Frau) $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Nicht gerade ein Ehrenmann (First Noble) $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Auf diesen Arger (Slimbroek) $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Nun bin ich geracht (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Was ist das fur ein Licht? (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Da sieh, Smee! (Frau) $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Da - das ist zuviel (Frau) $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Lasse sie, es ist alles unser nach Recht und Fug (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Ach, das ist ja wunderbar schon (Frau) $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act I: Du hast uns gerufen, Meister (Flipke) $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Meister Schemied, unser Esel, sieh mal (Josef) $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Frau, so komm doch! (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Seht den Meister! (Chorus) $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Hast dein Bundel geschnurt, Smee? (Hessels) $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Doch - wat ist das? (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Smee! Erkennst Du mich, Smee? (Astarte)
  17. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Mann, Smee, bist ja schlohweiss und alt! (Frau) $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Schliesset die Turen! (Hessels) $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Links oder rechts? (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Wer bist du? (Petrus) $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Das ist schlimm. Wo soll ich nun hin? (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Sieh da - Slimbroek! (Smee) $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act II: Meister, treff ich euch hier? (Flipke) $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Seht, was dort kommt! (Slimbroek) $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Tritt ein, gute Frau! (Petrus) $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Mann, bist Du da? (Frau) $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Schreker — Der Schmied von Gent: Act III: Warum lasst Du Smee nicht ein (Josef) $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Schreker, Franz : Der Schmied von Gent, opera in 3 acts
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In 1929, Schreker was in the midst of a creative crisis: his publisher and the public had rejected his 2 most recent operas. The public demanded sensational successes like Krenek's Jonny spielt auf, and his publisher was pressuring him to produce a box-office hit. Instead of making concessions, Schreker decided to pursue a different path and set out on a quest to write music for an ideal, unspoiled public: the everyday man.

American Record Guide, September / October 2012
The recording, from January and February 2010 performances at the Chemnitz Opera, is spectacular. Clarity and immediacy of recorded sound are a huge plus. It aids the ear in sorting through all the orchestral outbursts, effusions, and complexities. It is kind of fun relistening to the recording, because the ear invariably uncovers musical felicities not heard earlier. Zwerg and Dreissig are most vivid in voice and characterization. The rest of the large cast adds to the brilliance.

BBC Music Magazine, July 2012
This premiere recording...boasts a strongly committed cast, with Oliver Zwarg tackling the challenging role of Smee most effectively...Undoubtedly the most impressive contribution comes from the Robert Schumann Philharmonie and Frank Beermann, who negotiate the considerable intricacies of Schreker's scoring with impressive virtuosity.

International Record Review, June 2012
There is some touching characterization of Smee's wife, sympathetically sung by Undine Dreissig...Smee himself is vividly portrayed by Oliver Zwarg's cheerfully vigorous singing...Frank Beerman has a secure hand on the score, and draws excellent playing from the orchestra.

The Guardian, 17th May 2012
This well-packaged recording is based on a production in Chemnitz two years ago. The performance is first rate, with Oliver Zwerg as the blacksmith and conductor Frank Beermann vividly bringing out the colours in Schreker's score.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Opera House, Chemnitz, Germany (2010-01-28_2010-01-30&2010-).



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Works Details

>Schreker, Franz : Der Schmied von Gent, opera in 3 acts
  • Performers: Christiane Barth; Anna Erzleben; Martin Gabler (Bass); Judith Kuhn; Thomas Mathger; Edward Randall (Tenor); Kouta Räsänen; Andre Riemer; Victor Sawaley (Tenor); David Sitka; Matthias Winter; Oliver Zwerg (Bass Baritone)
  • Conductor: Frank Beermann
  • Ensemble: Robert Schumann Philharmonie
  • Notes: Opera House, Chemnitz, Germany (2010-01-28_2010-01-30&2010-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta