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Korngold: Das Wunder Der Heliane Box set

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  • Audio CD (16 April 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UJC
  • ASIN: B000N4SJHE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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TOMOWA-SINTOW / WELKER / DE HA

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By Ralph Moore TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Oct. 2007
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I will admit to having listened to this wonderful recording only a couple of times and am hence still sorting out in my mind what I think of it and what its real strengths and attractions are, but I am so surprised and delighted by it that I shall attempt a preliminary review.

The melodies are very broad and even meandering - but the richness, depth, power and, yes, you have to use the word when talking of Korngold, lushness of the orchestration carries the listener away on a wave of sound. As usual, I am not bothered by the naivety of the plot, nor the gaucheness of the libretto; many a more celebrated opera has far more cheesiness about it and the point is that the music transmutes any leaden limitation here into pure (Korn)gold (sorry). The most astonishing music comes in the third act, where not only the soloists but also the choir and the orchestra come into their own, changing up yet another gear and wringing the soul with this tremendous, no-holds-barred music. Comparisons are odious and it's not necessary to hold a competition between Strauss and Korngold to find who is the greater post-Romantic, but where Strauss sometimes seems embarrassed by his addiction to beauty of sound and feels compelled to write some spiky modernism into his score, Korngold just wallows and luxuriates in bitonal, harmonic complexity and "out-Strausses Strauss". Yes, there are many echoes of Puccini, too - apparently "Heliane" was Puccini's own favourite opera - but the voice is all Korngold's own.

The singing is stupendous and the singers just get better as the opera unfolds; Welker, the baritone who sings the hateful yet oddly sympathetic Ruler, Heliane's desperate husband, in particular, shakes off some bleat and harshness to sing more richly and firmly in the second and third acts.
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A wonderful performance of this yet to be popular work...

Unlike one of the reviewers it never occurred to me to check the singers ages and frankly none trouble me, least of all Anna Tomowa-Sintow, who has no problems with her act II aria nor anywhere else! In fact if she was 61 when she recorded this, then there can be few sopranos who wouldn't welcome her magnificent vocal condition, range and control when they are 61!

As to the rest, orchestra and chorus all superb!

Booklet notes very helpful in explaining why the work failed to capture the public eye but we are still coming to terms with much of Wagner so give it 50-100 years and we'll wonder why it was neglected for so long especially with a soprano like Anna Tomowa-Sintow willing to sing it...(if Fleming had requested it then the Met would be performing it today - 2010 -instead of an obscure Rossini work).

Get it whilst you can, much more playable repeatedly than many of the series of works banned by the Nazis bravely recorded by Decca! Oh and yes the recording is first class and not out of balance in anyway on my modest but good set!
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Sorry but I disagree with the other reviewer. 5 stars for the daring of DECCA, 1 star for the singing, 4 stars for the recording, 5 stars for the information in the booklet.
This is a recording from 1992 from the (then) much anticipated Decca Entartete Musik series. I remember paying around 150 guilders for it (70 Euros inflation corrected). I've listened to it in the 1990s and shelved it and just recently listened to it again. It disappointed me.
One has to admire that period of time when CD sales were booming and record companies dared to record this kind of repertoire. Historically speaking this series is a great way to learn something about the neglected and/or forbidden music in the German Reich. That's all over now, CD sales are nearly over - they say - and Decca is Universalised.

Singing apart, the orchestral playing, choral singing and conducting are great. The recording is - on my system (Quad ESL63 at the end) - rather thin and harsh on violins but has great depth and you can feel the percussion and timpani.
As a composition this opera is flawed. Korngold had high hopes for it and called it one of his masterpieces. It's not. It's Wagnerian Wagner over the top. It's high on voltage AND on amperage. It's sometimes very uneasy on the ear, all those melodies and high rising violins reaching for climax after climax. It's a kind of erotic story, I know, full of Freudian(?) symbolism which we can't imagine anymore nowadays. My father used to call this, excuse me, `erection music'. It's Korngold with Viagra. If you sing this music you've to have a very good Wagnerian voice and a long breath. You must sing with orchestral sounds that are not accompanying you but fighting against you. You must cut your voice through thick waves of sounds.
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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 me 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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