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Franz Schreker: Der Schmied von Gent / Oliver Zwarg

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>Schreker, Franz : Der Schmied von Gent, opera in 3 acts

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>Schreker, Franz : Der Schmied von Gent, opera in 3 acts
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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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>Schreker, Franz : Der Schmied von Gent, opera in 3 acts
  • Performers: Anna Erzleben; Victor Sawaley (Tenor); Edward Randall (Tenor); Kouta Räsänen; Judith Kuhn; Thomas Mathger; Oliver Zwerg (Bass Baritone); Matthias Winter; Martin Gabler (Bass); David Sitka; Christiane Barth; Andre Riemer
  • 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