Schreker, Franz - Orchestral and Choral music - Gulke, Peter

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The music of late-romantic Viennese composer Franz Schreker was largely forgotten by the end of World War Two, but there has recently been a revival in interest in his work. Fundamentally a theatre composer, he is most famous for his operas, but he composed in other genres and this 2-CD set shows his fine capabilities in orchestral and vocal music.

His only symphony (Symphony in A minor) was written when he was a student at the Vienna Conservatory, and hints at the talent that would emerge in later years. The symphony was not performed until 1999, a hundred years after it was written, because the manuscript had long been lost. When it was rediscovered the last movement had disappeared and that is how it is now performed. The richly-textured choral/orchestral setting of Psalm 116 was Schreker's graduation piece and shows the influence of Brahms's Ein deutsches Requiem. Another early work is the romantic Schwanengesang Op.111 for mixed chorus and orchestra, to a text by his friend and regular librettist Dora Leen. The exotic monodrama Das Weib des Intasphernes, his last dramatic work, uses a text by Eduard Stucken based on a horrifying Persian fable. It demonstrates his ability to embody words with maximum harmonic and textural intensity, similar in many ways to the gifts of Hugo Wolf, and in fact Schreker orchestrated two of Wolf's Eichendorff Leider. His ability with orchestral colour can be seen in the sensous Funf Gesänge, set to five poems based on the Arabian Nights, with its imaginative use of harps, celesta and muted brass. The last two pieces are dances. Festwalzer und Walzerintermezzo is very reminiscent of Johann Strauss and is based on the Austrian National Hymn. Tanzspiel links his 20th-century style with the graceful design of Baroque and Neoclassical forms.

About this performance:
The distinguished German conductor and musicologist Peter Gülke leads the Cologne Radio Orchestra and Chorus, with German mezzo-soprano Mechthild Georg. Peter Gülke has won awards for his recordings of Schreker's music.

"Franz Schreker (1878-1934) is known for his quirky and effective operas, and this two-disc set fills in his fascinating background as a vocal and orchestral composer around the beginning of the 20th century." The Observer, Sunday 3 July 2011
Artikelnummer 94237
Streckkod 5028421942377
Utgivningsdatum 2011-05-03
Kategori Klassiskt
Skivbolag Brilliant Classics
Enhet CD
Antal enheter 2
Artister WDR Sinfonieorchester
Dirigenter Gulke, Peter
Kompositörer Schreker, Franz
Disk: 1
1 Symphony in A Minor, Op. 1: I. Allegro non troppo 11:34 Schreker
2 Symphony in A Minor, Op. 1: II. Presto 09:51 Schreker
3 Symphony in A Minor, Op. 1: III. Andante 08:13 Schreker
4 Das Weib des Intaphernes 29:17 Schreker
5 Psalm 116, Op. 6 12:27 Schreker
Disk: 2
1 Festwalzer und Walzerintermezzo 07:55 Schreker
2 Ein Tanzspiel: I. Sarabande 03:07 Schreker
3 Ein Tanzspiel: II. Menuett 02:57 Schreker
4 Ein Tanzspiel: III. Madrigal 03:09 Schreker
5 Ein Tanzspiel: IV. Gavotte 02:12 Schreker
6 5 Gesange: No. 1. Ich frag’ nach dir jedwede Morge 01:52 Schreker
7 5 Gesange: No. 2. Dies aber kann mein Sehnen nimme 02:34 Schreker
8 5 Gesange: No. 3. Die Dunkelheit sinkt schwer wie 02:30 Schreker
9 5 Gesange: No. 4. Sie sind so schon die milden, so 02:30 Schreker
10 5 Gesange: No. 5. Einst gibt ein Tag mir alles Glu 03:11 Schreker
11 Immer hatt’ich noch Gluck im Leben 00:31 Schreker
12 Wollte ich hadern mit Gluck und Schicksal 00:41 Schreker
13 Heimweh: Eichendorff Lieder (Wolf, arr. Schreker) 02:38 Schreker
14 Fagea 01:56 Schreker
15 Verschwiegene Liebe: Eichendorff Lieder (Wolf, arr 02:12 Schreker
16 Die Sturmglocke 06:09 Schreker
17 Schwanensang, Op. 11 13:27 Schreker
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