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Marschner: Der Vampyr / Auger, Tomova-Sintov, Herrmann, et al
Fritz Rieger, Roland Herrmann, Arleen Auger
Marschner: Der Vampyr / Auger, Tomova-Sintov, Herrmann, et al
Genre: Classical
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All Artists: Fritz Rieger, Roland Herrmann, Arleen Auger, Anna Tomova-Sintov, Donald Grobe
Title: Marschner: Der Vampyr / Auger, Tomova-Sintov, Herrmann, et al
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Label: Opera D'oro
Release Date: 11/17/1998
Genre: Classical
Styles: Opera & Classical Vocal, Historical Periods, Modern, 20th, & 21st Century
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 723723410122

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A surprisingly enjoyable opera
R. J. Rozen | Chicago, IL United States | 01/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Marschner occupies a key place between Weber and Wagner in German opera: Wagner, rather uncharacteristically, even acknowledged that he had been influenced by Marschner. "The Vampyr" (premiered 1828) was perhaps Marschner's most popular opera; along with "Hans Heiling," this is the only Marschner opera on CD, and it's worth a listen. An example of the "fantastic" genre of operas, it bears marked resemblances to Weber's "Der Freischuetz" (1821) and Wagner's "Der fliegende Hollaender" (1843), and, in a sense, acts as a bridge between those two important works. The vampire of the title, Lord Ruthven, is a real, honest-to-goodness vampire, not some misunderstood recluse, and he may be the only character in all of opera to die three times before the final curtain (he is ultimately dispatched by a lightning bolt!). The opera is thoroughly Weberian (including its spoken dialogue), and the cast, for such an unknown work, is really top-notch. Arleen Auger, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, and Kurt Boehme head the cast, and they sound great. This is billed as a live recording, but it was undoubtedly a live broadcast on Bavarian radio. The annoying audience and stage action sounds are absent, but the recording quality is inconsistent, especially during the overture. Also, as with other Opera D'Oro recordings, the notes are sparse and there is no libretto. Too often, people have the impression that no one in Germany composed operas in the first half of the nineteenth century but Weber and Wagner, forgetting composers such as Lortzing, Spohr, Nicolai, Kreutzer, and Marschner. There is, however, a lot of terrific music waiting to be re-discovered. "Der Vampyr" is not, by any measure, a great opera, but it is surprisingly enjoyable, and, at around $10 for two discs, it's an excellent introduction to the little-known composer."
A Gothic Fidelio
essmac | Nashville, TN USA | 02/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Very much in the vein of Beethoven, without the nobility. You may have heard "Ach, Welche Lust" aria on the Hampson German Aria CD, and it's taken well here-- a long test of high baritone endurance. Forgive me, but I am a big fan of Tomova-Sintov and a HUGE HUGE fan of Auger, so anything with both of them is worth hearing, let alone at this price. Kind of silly, but surrender to the black and white spookiness and it's fun (and not just campy Lugosi-style, but with a dollop of dangerous eroticism). If you have any experience with Opera d'Oro, you know that they are like the little girl who had a little curl right in the center of her forehead. When the operas are good they are very good, but when they are bad.. well, you know. Bad (I Lombardi in which the deplorable sound makes the timpani sound like someone pounding the side of a porcelain bathtub only without any helpful reverb) but rather good as in Der Vampyr. Sound is quite good and the audience pretty much keeps still. Give it a shot-"
Beautiful Music!!!
Laura Ruiz | Los Angeles, CA USA | 01/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'm always looking for operas that aren't performed very often. Mainly because my opera company (Lyric Opera of Los Angeles) has a goal of performing works that, inexplicably, have fallen out of the standard repertoire, or might not have made it into the standards to begin with.Der Vampyr is really beautiful music! The story line is a little off-the-wall, but most operas are pretty silly in that regard anyway.Arleen Auger is wonderful in this recording. As usual.The only criticism I have is that the liner notes are incredibly sparse. I wish there was a libretto in it, but there's not.However, for really great music that you don't get to hear often, I highly recommend this recording!!!"