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Korngold: Das Wunder der Heliane [Box set]

John Mauceri Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B006IOOXJ6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,238 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Selig sind die Liebenden - Rundfunkchor Berlin, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
2. Wie warm, wie schön! - John David de Haan, René Pape, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
3. Ich weiß die Antwort nicht - John David de Haan, René Pape, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
4. Dich, der das Lachen angezündet im Lande - John David de Haan, Hartmut Welker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
5. Wie? Sterben? - John David de Haan, Hartmut Welker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
6. Ihr Menschen! Für euch hab' ich gelebt! - John David de Haan, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
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Disc: 2
1. Vorspiel - Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
2. Beschieden? - Reinhild Runkel, Hartmut Welker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
3. Urteile bringt mor! - Reinhild Runkel, Hartmut Welker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
4. Gott! Gott, du weißt, wie ich vor ihr gekniet hab' - Hartmut Welker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
5. Vater - Bist du's selbst? - Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Nicolai Gedda, Ralph Eschrig, Julian Metzger, Andreas Scholz, Reinhart Groschel, Hartmut Welker, Gotthold Schwarz, Josef Becker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
6. Ich ging zu ihm - Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Nicolai Gedda, Hartmut Welker, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
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Disc: 3
1. Zwischenspiel - Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
2. Ah! Habt ihr vernommen? - Rundfunkchor Berlin, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
3. Höret mich, Brüder - Reinhild Runkel, René Pape, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
4. Fanfaren - Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
5. So wie ich dich belehrt - Anna Tomowa-Sintow, Nicolai Gedda, Hartmut Welker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
6. Seht, seht, wie sie schön ist! - Martin Petzold, Hartmut Welker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, John Mauceri
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korngold's masterpiece 20 July 2013
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Fabulous recording of 'Heliane' which may well be Korngold's masterpiece. I purchased this on iTunes first but you really need CD quality sound to enjoy this at its full potential. This work reminds of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Schreker's Die Gezeichneten, Mahler, and Richard Strauss. However I think Korngold has managed to surpass all these composers. The only opera that comes close is Walton's Troilus and Cressida.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mad but marvellous 2 Feb 2014
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I have waited several months, and several complete runs of the opera, before finally committing myself to a review. I believe that Charles Voogd (in an earlier review) is too ready to dismiss the piece but several of his criticisms of the actual performance struck a chord with me.

Firstly, the Opera itself: This is about the most barking-mad operatic construction you are ever likely to hear. It is a fantastic expressionist fairytale filled with archetypes and outrageous exaggerations. However, Korngold himself believed it to be his greatest work and, although a composer's judgement of his own compositions need not be infallible, this was not a view he took without considerable thought. The libretto describes a Fascistic world of rigid totalitarianism. (A totalitarianism that seeks to control feeling as well as action). He then challenges and obliterates this kingdom with the overwhelming power of human love. Not merely erotic love, although this is certainly a powerful force in the Opera, but also the good-hearted, unselfish love for our fellow human beings (epitomised by the character of the Porter).The extraordinary plot is entirely subservient to this aim and the music is created to utterly overwhelm the listener with this message. Even if you believe (as I do) that the whole enterprise is scarcely credible, there is something here that goes beyond any other operatic work that I have ever heard. This was a love-letter to his beloved wife, Luzi, and, if you can permit yourself to suspend disbelief for three hours, the impact of the Opera is astounding; touching areas of the imagination unreachable by a more conventional operatic story.
It's very much a product of it's time, full of the super-heated Freudianism of Psychoanalysis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Das Wunder der Heliane 14 Jan 2014
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Excellent recording, however having difficulty downloading the libretto. I'm presently trying to sort this out with Decca. I really wish complete opera librettos were still included with boxed sets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Korngold's masterpiece 20 July 2013
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Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Fabulous recording of 'Heliane' which may well be Korngold's masterpiece. I purchased this on iTunes first but you really need CD quality sound to enjoy this at its full potential. This work reminds of Schoenberg's Gurrelieder, Schreker's Die Gezeichneten, Mahler, and Richard Strauss. However I think Korngold has managed to surpass all these composers. The only opera that comes close is Walton's Troilus and Cressida.
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4.0 out of 5 stars That Rolling-in-Whipped-Cream Feeling 17 July 2013
By D. Beardslee - Published on Amazon.com
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While not as compelling as Korngold's "Die Tote Stadt," this lesser-known Korngold work has its moments of luxuriant sound and harmony, also a bizarrely fascinating fairy tale of a story. The singers are terrific, ditto the conductor!
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