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Korngold: Violanta - The Sony Opera House CD

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Product details

  • Performer: Marek Janowski
  • Audio CD (4 Jan. 2010)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B002V988OS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 195,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Violanta
  2. Prelude
  3. Scene 1 - Unsre Barke
  4. "He, was machst Du"
  5. Scene 2 - Schwigt still!
  6. Scene 3 - Ich hol Dich... komm!
  7. Sie hasst ihn
  8. Wein...Blumen
  9. Scene 4 - Violanta... Er kommt
  10. Aus dem Grabern
  11. Dann hor ich
  12. Violanta/ja du wirst
  13. Ja... du wirst ihn toten
  14. Dicht Aug in Aug
  15. Scene 5 - Barbara! Bring Lichter!
  16. Wie ging das Marchen?
  17. So wunsch ich Dir
  18. Der Sommer will
  19. Scene 6 - Wie schon seid Ihr
  20. Noch nicht das Lied
  21. Sterben wollt ich oft
  22. Mona Violanta?
  23. Nie hab ich gelebt
  24. Reine Liebe
  25. Violanta/Horst Du
  26. Scene 7 - Du riefst... Hier bin ich
  27. Still... still

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A sensational recording of a sensational opera, making a welcome return to the catalogue. Why this one-act masterpiece isn't better known and more often performed, is hard to explain. It's a real knockout, of gripping drama and truly glorious music, and it is arguably more effective as musical theatre than the famous one-acters, "Cavalleria" and "Pagliacci".

This recording does the work full justice in every way, with soloists in superb voice, and first-class orchestral playing -and the current price makes this a bargain (though there is only a synopsis leaflet, not a full translation of the libretto).

The passionate emotion and brilliant sense of theatre in this work are the equal of Puccini. On first hearing 'Violanta', Bruno Walter said, "this is the eruption of a musical-dramatic volcano!" It is astonishing that this opera was composed when Korngold was only 17.

The opera is set in Venice. Violanta's sister was seduced by Alfonso, Prince of Naples, and she committed suicide. When Alfonso turns up in Venice for the carnival, Violanta plots revenge for her sister, and persuades her husband Simone to kill him. But when Alfonso is lured to her house, the unforeseen happens......

(There are aspects of the charismatic Violanta as a role which would have suited Maria Callas -and the opera's story has surprising resonances to the legend of Callas. It would be fun to see a production of this opera set in the year 1957:- Venice plays itself in the party season, the elegant 'Violanta' resembles Callas (dressed, of course by Biki), the priapic 'Prince of Naples' is Aristotle Onassis, and Violanta's ageing husband 'Simone' is -naturally- Meneghini.)
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Fabulous opera, beautifully sung and played. You'll be unlikely to see/hear it on stage, so this is your only opportunity. Don't hesitate.
The negative? No libretto. This is pathetic - the original box set issue came with a multi-language libretto, so why re-issue it without one? The cover is hideous, but then that applies to everything in this SONY re-issue series.
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This is an excellent performance of Violanta well cast and superbly played. Given the lack of available versions of this work its a must have. As a work this displays much of the talent of Die Tote Stadt without the length or perhaps the drama of the Stadt. To be honest I haven't yet read the story of the opera but as its only one CD long it is perhaps not performed due to its length and requirement for signers of the quality and style provided here. So...if you like Korngold (or Richard Strauss as in Die Frau Ohne Schatten) especially Stadt you should have this!
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This is a fantastic buy. I found Korngold by Die Tote Stadt. A most underrated composer maybe the last of the old school. I took a chance on Violanta not knowing anything about it. Well recommended, not too long and good listening. Will find a dvd one day. Says it all!
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A question: what do Montemezzi's "L'amore dei tre re", Zandonai's "Francesca da Rimini", Korngold's "Violanta" and Zemlinsky's "Eine florentinische Tragödie" have in common, apart from the fact that obviously they are all belters seemingly working within the then modern verismo genre, yet the action of all four takes place in a historical Italian setting?

Answer: they were written within four years of each other and form a good example of how within certain, specific artistic genres, artistic sensibilities may converge to reflect a Zeitgeist. All are sordid domestic claustrophobic melodramas of strange love, doomed passion and furtive betrayal with a homicidal outcome and all, despite moments of melodic sweep, place dramatic effect over lyrical appeal.

Korngold's second opera was written when he was, unbelievably, only seventeen and yet emerges as a fully coherent and expertly scored work with three meaty roles for big-voiced singers. This 1980 recording remains, as far as I know, the only studio recording and is in no need of being superseded: it is recorded in superb analogue sound and stars two singers at their peak in the mighty-voiced Eva Marton and Siegfried Jerusalem singing more beautifully and heroically than I have ever heard him. Walter Berry, here in his early fifties, shows some slight signs of strain but is still a really commanding presence as the jealous, unloved husband and the supporting cast is strong, especially Ruth Hesse as Violanta's servant, Barbara, tenor Horst Laubenthal as the foppish sybarite Bice and another tenor, Manfred Schmidt, of whom I have not heard, as another of Violanta's admirers.
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