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THE OPERA BALL • DER OPERNBALL

Richard Heuberger

 

Richard Heuberger
THE OPERA BALL • DER OPERNBALL
1970


Soloists: Helen Mané, Maria Tiboldi, Tatjana Iwanow
Orchestra, Chorus: Symphonie-Orchester Kurt Graunke
Conductor: Willy Mattes
Director: Eugen York

Richard Heuberger (1850–1914) came from a wealthy, art-loving Graz (Austria-Hungary) family. After working as an engineer, he decided to devote himself completely to music, working as choral director of the Vienna Singakademie, composer of instrumental music, ballets, cantatas and operas, music critic and music journalist. Shortly before the turn of the century, he tried his luck with operettas. Only his first work, the delicately orchestrated, splendidly hued “Opernball” (Opera Ball ) of 1898 – a beautiful and substantial echo of the Strauss era – has managed to maintain its position in the repertoire. In this work, Heuberger tried to create a new operetta style, the “comedy operetta”. He eschewed spectacular costumes and choruses, sentimentality and drama by picking up where Offenbach had left off in “La vie parisienne” and Strauss in “Die Fledermaus”. According to the great Viennese music critic Eduard Hanslick, he succeeded in “preserving the purity of the Viennese operetta. The “Opernball” was a popular, witty piece and Heuberger accordingly avoided the effects of grand opera, both noisy passion and atered-down sentimentality.”

Press Reviews

„Naiv-komisches Operettengeflüster für Nostalgiker.“ Julia Stadter, TLZ, 21.07.2012

„Effizient inszenierte Verfilmung. […] Gute sängerische und darstellerische Leistungen sowie eine opulente Studiodekoration sind wichtige Atouts dieser empfehlenswerten Produktion.“ Pizzicato, Oktober 2012

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 100

Picture Format: 4:3

Disc Format: NTSC

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Number of Discs: 1

Region: 0

Languages: DE

Subtitle Languages:

GB, DE, FR

Catalogue No.:

101628

UPC: 807280162899