The Munich ballet scandal of 1948: after five sold-out performances, Bavarian Minister of Culture Hundhammer banned further shows as he thought it would endanger public morals. Of course, this only increased the work’s international popularity, making Abraxas one of Egk’s most successful ballet compositions.
Abraxas is based on Heinrich Heine’s dance-poem Der Doctor Faust, written in 1848 for London’s “Her Majesty’s Theatre”. It was not performed in this form during Heine’s lifetime.
Werner Egk’s Abraxas was staged at the Eisenach State Theater during the 2004/2005 season. This is the first recording of this work made for release.