RICHARD FLURY (1896-1967): Eine florentinische Tragödie, Sapphos Tod.

Catalogue Number: 06U010

Label: Toccata Classics

Reference: TOCC 0427

Format: CD

Price: $18.98

Description: This Swiss composer felt the same fascination for Oscar Wilde’s drama of love and violence in Renaissance Italy that also attracted his near-contemporary Zemlinsky: they set the same libretto. Flury responded to the text with this dark and swirling one-act verismo opera (1926-28), sizzling with sexual tension, the vocal lines of the three characters unfolding over an orchestral texture remarkable for its plasticity and kaleidoscopic color. It is preceded here by a dignified but impassioned operatic scene from 1928 setting Grillparzer’s dramatic treatment of the suicide of the Greek poetess Sappho. German-English texts. Julia Sophie Wagner (soprano), Long Long (tenor), Daniel Ochoa (baritone), Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra; Paul Mann.

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