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Saturday, May 25, 2013 Permalink

At The Opera, Korngold: Das Wunder Der Heliane May 25, 2013

  
Das Wunder der Heliane (The Miracle of Heliane), Op.20 is an opera in three acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold with a libretto by Hans Müller-Einigen, after Hans Kaltneker. It was first performed at the Hamburg State Opera on October 7, 1927.

After many successful premieres across Germany, Korngold composed this new opera beginning in 1924. Before its premiere in 1927 Korngold claimed that this would be his masterwork.

At the world premiere in Hamburg the audiences and critics were unimpressed, feeling that Korngold's music held no new surprises and it was not modern. Critics were united in their lack of esteem for the work, many simply dismissing it as kitsch.

The opera is generally considered to have been a flop for Korngold, following as it did the critical and public success of Die Tote Stadt and several other operas by the composer. Within the artistic community however there is evidence that there was admiration for the work, soprano Lotte Lehman even stating that the title role was her favorite. This 1992 recording stars Nicolai Gedda, Andreas Scholz and Anna Tomowa-Sintow. John Mauceri conducts the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra.

Playlist

8:00pm
8:00pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240
8:09pm
Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Das Wunder Der Heliane BUY from Korngold: Das Wunder Der Helliane; composed by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
11:00pm
11:25pm
Giuseppe Verdi: Pace Pace mio dio - La Forza del Destino BUY Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Kurt Masur, conductor Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Ars Vivendi 2100204
11:30pm
Richard Strauss: Ein Schones war - Ariadne auf Naxox BUY Gewandhausorchester Leipzig; Kurt Masur, conductor Anna Tomowa-Sintow
Ars Vivendi 2100204
11:37pm
Pietro Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz: Suzel buon di BUY Turin Orchestra of the Radio Italiana; Pietro Mascagni, conductor Ferruccio Tagliavini
Cetra cdo105
11:42pm
Pietro Mascagni: L'Amico Fritz: Ed anche Beppe amo' BUY Turin Orchestra of the Radio Italiana; Pietro Mascagni, conductor Ferruccio Tagliavini
Cetra cdo105
11:46pm
Jules Massenet: Werther: Ah! non mi ridestar BUY RAI Orchestra of Torino; Francesco Molinari-Pradelli, conductor Ferruccio Tagliavini
Cetra cdo105
11:56pm
Pietro Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana, opera Intemezzo BUY Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony; Ondrej Lenard, conductor
Naxos 8550240

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