FELIX WEINGARTNER (1863-1942): Die Dorfschule, Op. 64.
Catalogue Number: 03R039
Reference: 777 813-2
Description: As promised last month, here’s the other, 1916, setting of the same Japanese play Orff had done three years earlier. Weingartner is shorter (43 minutes to Orff’s 60), sticks much more closely to the Japanese original and, unlike Orff’s recitative-heavy vocal parts and doses of “Eastern” exoticism in the large orchestra he used, Weingartner stays firmly in a late 19th-century Romantic style, both vocally and instrumentally. German-English libretto. Simon Pauly (baritone), Clemens Bieber (tenor), Fionnuala McCarthy (soprano), Jana Kurucová (mezzo), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin; Jacques Lacombe.