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A fine performance of Schreker's opera,
This review is from: Schreker:Die Gezeichneten (Audio CD)
In the 1990s, Decca's Entartete Musik series unearthed many valuable works which had been banned by the Nazis and forgotten by the world at large. Among the most interesting releases was this recording of Schreker's "Die Gezeichneten", which originally premiered in 1918 and is revealed as one of the most impressive operas of the 20th century.
The music of "Die Gezeichneten", Schreker's 5th opera, is melodic, lusciously orchestrated and often exquisitely beautiful. The duet between Alvano and Carlotta at the end of Act 1 is especially haunting.
This Decca performance under Lothar Zagrosek is very fine and a few years ago I would have given a 5 star rating. However, there is now a Euroarts DVD of the 2005 production at the Salzburg Festival conducted by Kent Nagano. Despite the bizarre staging by Lehnhoff, the performance under Nagano is even more impressive than Zagrosek's. However, the Salzburg performance contains cuts amounting to at least 20 minutes of the music, while the Decca release presents Schreker's music complete, so this CD version is still well worth considering.