ERICH WOLFGANG KORNGOLD (1897-1957): Das Wunder der Heliane, Op. 20.
Catalogue Number: 11U052
Description: The redemptive power of love over injustice and adversity is at the heart of this 1926 work, expressed in music that is richly impressionistic and intensely dramatic. Korngold was criticized for resisting the tide of modernist atonality in this opulent score, but its symbolism and compelling romantic atmosphere can be appreciated today more than ever. The 25-year-old Decca Entartete Musik recording is still available but, for something this luscious there’s always room for a new, live recording (made over several performances last July). 3 CDs. English synopsis; no libretto. Annemarie Kremer (soprano), Katerina Hebelková (alto), Aris Argiris (baritone), Ian Storey (tenor), Opera and Extra Choirs of Freiburg Theatre, Members of the Freiburg Bach Choir, Freiburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Fabrice Bollon.