ERNST KRENEK (1900-1991): Orpheus und Eurydice, Op. 21.
Catalogue Number: 01S028
Label: Orfeo d'Or
Reference: C 923 162 I
Description: Coming from 1926, between his two more notorious operas Der Sprung über den Schatten and Jonny spielt auf, this version of the Orpheus legend was based on Oskar Kokoschka’s expressionist 1915 play which casts the myth as a psychic conflict betweem the lovers. As to the music at times you’ll hear Debussian harmonies, reminiscences of Mahler and atonal passages with leitmotivs for the characters. Krenek said “I wrote the music in feverish haste, as if in a dream” and the work has the character of a fever dream at times verging on horror. 2 CDs. German libretto. Ronald Hamilton (tenor), Dunja Vejzovic, Celina Lindsley (sopranos), ORF Choir, Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Pinchas Steinberg (Live from the Salzburg Festival, Aug. 23, 1990 - Krenek’s 90th birthday!).