Flotow, Friedrich von - Martha - Schüler, Johannes

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Erna Berger, Else Tegetthoff, Eugen Fuchs, Peter Anders, Josef Greindl, Franz Sauer
Chor der Staatsoper Berlin
Staatskapelle Berlin
Johannes Schüler, conductor

Though its popularity has sadly diminished over the years, up to about the middle of the last century 'Martha' was one of the most frequently performed operas on the German stage - largely owing to the great tenor Enrico Caruso's acclaimed portrayal of Lyonel, a role which he repeated all over the world. The work is one of about 30 operas written by Friedrich von Flotow, and indeed it was through Martha that the German composer achieved lasting fame. Only a decade after its first performance, and 'Martha' has already been performed as far afield as Algiers, San Francisco and Sydney.

The seed of the opera can be found in the pastiche ballet Lady Harriette, whose Act 1 Flotow was commissioned by the Paris Opéra to write in 1844. Set in Richmond, England, during the reign of Queen Anne, the plot centres around Lady Harriet Durham who, tired of court life, decides to have some fun by visiting the local fair with her foppish cousin Lord Tristan and maid Nancy. Disguised as servant girls, both she and Nancy hire themselves off to the rich farmer Plumkett and his foster brother Lyonel (whose origins are unknown, the only vestige being a ring which his father left him and which he should present to the queen if ever he is in danger) - only to be wooed by the two men, who have each fallen for the maid and her lady respectively. When the next day Queen Anne is out hunting with Lady Harriet and her court, a chance encounter with Lyonel sees him make claim to his 'maid', and he is subsequently arrested, having been declared insane by Harriet and Lord Tristan. But when his ring is brought to the queen, Harriet is told that he is in fact the son of the unjustly banished Earl of Derby, and she rushes back to the farm to relay the news and to ask for Lyonel's hand in marriage. Lyonel at first angrily rejects her, but a replica of Richmond Fair sees the initial encounter between the four characters renewed, giving rise to jubilant celebrations.

Made in Berlin in 1944 while Germany was still in a state of 'total war', this recording remains one of the most acclaimed interpretations of the opera. Comprising some of the best singers of that generation, it is astutely conducted by Johannes Schüler - to whose credit the Staatsoper was able to rebuild its repertoire after 1945 - and thus represents an invaluable addition to Brilliant Classics' ever-growing opera collection.
Artikelnummer 94681
Streckkod 5028421946818
Utgivningsdatum 2013-05-29
Kategori Opera
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister Berger, Erna
Dirigenter Schüler, Johannes
Kompositörer Flotow, Friedrich von
Disk: 1
1 Flotow: Martha
Disk: 2
1 Flotow: Martha
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