HANS GÁL (1890-1987): Das Lied der Nacht, Op. 23.
Catalogue Number: 03U004
Reference: 555 186-2
Description: Gál himself described his 1926 opera as a "dramatic ballad" symbolically representing the emotional world of a Sicilian hereditary princess destined for sovereignty. The text, set in twelfth-century Palermo evokes a magical, romantic world in which Antiquity and Byzantine and Moorish elements combine to form a synthesis of rare fascination and a lyrical blend of European and Oriental culture. After its modern premiere at the end of May 2017, a German reviewer wrote: "Fantastic music, a good libretto, a marvelous performance, an all-around successful rediscovery that the premiere audience in the Osnabrück Theater celebrated with abundant applause." 2 CDs. German-English libretto. Lina Liu, Susann Vent-Wunderlich (sopranos), Gritt Gnauck (mezzo), Rhys Jenkins (baritone), Oliver Weidinger (bass), Opera Choir and Extra Choir of Osnabrück Theatre, Osnabrück Symphony Orchestra; Andreas Hotz.