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  • Audio CD (7 Jun. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B00000K4EV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 546,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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In his heyday, the Austrian composer Franz Schreker (1878-1934) was the toast of every major European opera house, and it's an astonishing statistic that his opulent masterpiece Die Gezeichneten ("The Branded") received over two dozen separate productions in the 15 years that followed its 1918 first performance. That same work provided the thematic basis for Schreker's Vorspiel zu einer Drama ("Prelude to a Drama")--a satisfyingly structured essay, simmering with hot-blooded passion and often mesmerisingly beautiful to boot--while the even more ambitious Vorspiel zu einer grossen Oper ("Prelude to a Grand Opera") of 1933 is a magnificent distillation of ideas from Schreker's final, incomplete opera Memnon. Both of these dazzlingly orchestrated scores were intended for the concert hall and would surely go down an absolute storm at the Proms. The early three-movement Romantic Suite of 1902 comprises another delectable discovery, as does the gorgeous Intermezzo for strings which originally served as the former work's slow movement. James Conlon and his meticulously prepared Cologne band have the measure of this intoxicating repertoire, and here is a finely engineered, hugely enterprising collection no adventurous listener should overlook. --Andrew Achenbach

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Christian Hoskins on 2 Sept. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Conlon's collection of these Schreker orchestral pieces appeared around the same time as a couple of Chandos discs conducted by Sinaisky featuring a similar but broader selection of Schreker works.

In both the 'Intermezzo' and the 'Romantic Suite', works from early in Schreker's career, there is little to choose between the two conductors. However, in the two weightier works, 'Prelude to a Drama' and 'Vorspiel zu einer grossen Oper', Sinaisky conveys the infectious lyricism and sumptuousness of the music to a much greater degree than Conlon.

The EMI recording quality is good, but ultimately the rival Sinaisky performances are the ones to go for. I would also highly recommend the Euroarts DVD of 'Die Gezeicheneten' for those interested in Schreker's music.
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4 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Treading on the peacock's tail 22 Mar. 2013
By Jurgen Lawrenz - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Always assuming that you like this music - an overripe, super-postromantic, impressionism-infected and mock-Parsifal confection that resembles nothing more strongly than a peacock's tail - you might investigate this recording. However, two of these works also appear on the Chandos label. Although it might seem that in terms of expertise nothing could separate the Cologne and the Manchester orchestras, there is the matter of the conductor's affinity. Conlon seem very aloof from his subject matter, and this lack of immediacy translates as a routine reading without any particular enthusiasm driving it. Sinaisky shows how it's done. Schreker's overblown sound canvas comes to life and might drive you to extasies of hedonism. The present album is not calculated to make you an addict of this musical narcotic. But I can't think of any reason for buying this music than its purely aural delectation. So then go for the Chandos issue!
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