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Hansjörg Albrecht & Valentina Farcas & Staatskapelle Weimar & Klaus Florian Vogt & Michael Volle Walter Braunfels: Orchestral Songs Vol. I OC 1846 CD
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Ordering NumberOC 1846
Release date02/05/2016
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  • Braunfels, Walter

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      Walter Braunfels (1882-1954)

      Prelude and Prologue of the Nightingale, Op.30 No. 3 for soprano and orchestra based on Aristophanes (from the opera The Birds)
      Two Hölderlin Songs, Op.27 for baritone and orchestra
      On a Soldier’s Grave, Op. 26 for baritone and orchestra
      Farewell to the Forest, Op.30 No. 1 for tenor, soprano and orchestra based on Aristophanes (from the opera The Birds)
      Don Juan, Op.34

      Valentina Farcas, soprano
      Klaus Florian Vogt, tenor
      Michael Volle, baritone
      Staatskapelle Weimar
      Hansjörg Albrecht, conductor

      Walter Braunfels achieved his breakthrough as a composer during the 1920s with the opera The Birds (based on Aristophanes). Shortly thereafter he was, alongside Richard Strauss, one of the outstanding and most frequently performed German opera composers. His extremely versatile compositional oeuvre includes numerous operas, orchestral works and choral works, as well as Lieder, chamber music and piano works. He was praised as a forward-looking representative of the New Music. The most famous conductors of the era, such as Bruno Walter, Wilhelm Furtwängler, Otto Klemperer, Hans Knappertsbusch, Fritz Busch, Hermann Abendroth, Hans Pfitzner, Arthur Nikisch and Günter Wand, performed his compositions in the great German music centres, in Vienna, London and New York.

      Braunfels regarded himself as a traditional late-romantic composer, a successor to Berlioz, Wagner and Bruckner. During the period of the Third Reich, he was dismissed as a “half Jew” from all offices and performances of his works were banned. After the Second World War, representatives of the musical avantgarde found Braunfels’s style no longer contemporary, which is why he gradually became forgotten. Since the 1990s, however, his complete oeuvre has been undergoing a wonderful Renaissance and is being enthusiastically re-discovered by the international musical world.

      Dirigent Hansjörg Albrecht spricht über die Musik von Walter Braunfels

      WDR 3 Tonart | 03.06.2016 | 08:44 Min.

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      CD 1
      • Vorspiel und Prolog der Nachtigall op. 30, 3
        • 1.für Koloratursopran und Orchester (1913)
          Text: Walter Braunfels nach Aristophanes konzipiert für die Oper Die Vögel
      • Zwei Hölderlin-Gesänge op. 27 (1916–18)
        für Bariton und Orchester
        Text: Friedrich Hölderlin
        • 2.An die Parzen 04:13
        • 3.Der Tod für’s Vaterland 11:31
      • 4.Auf ein Soldatengrab op. 26 (1915)
        für Bariton und Orchester
        Text: Hermann Hesse
      • 5.Abschied vom Walde op. 30, 1 (1913)
        für Tenor und Orchester
        Text: Walter Braunfels nach Aristophanes konzipiert für die Oper Die Vögel (dort „Schlussgesang des Hoffegut“)
      • Don Juan op. 34 (1922-24)
        Eine klassisch-romantische Phantasmagorie für großes Orchester über die „Champagner-Arie“ aus Mozarts Oper Don Giovanni
        • 6.Introduktion & Thema 03:23
        • 7.Variation 1: Allegro 02:59
        • 8.Variation 2: Allegro 03:51
        • 9.Variation 3: Allegro con brio 03:25
        • 10.Variation 4: Mäßig 04:24
        • 11.Variation 5: Mäßig – Bewegter 06:31
        • 12.Variation 6: Andante 04:37
        • 13.Variation 7: Presto 05:24
      • Total:01:08:08