PER AUGUST ÖLANDER (1824-1886): Blenda (World Premiere Recording).
Catalogue Number: 05U005
Reference: CDA 1118
Description: The conflict between Christianity and the older pagan religion animates this 1876 opera, one of only two stage works by the composer. The notes suggest Meyerbeer and German Singspiel as the major influences while Opera Grove compares the work’s lyricism and dramatic intensity to Bellini. Both agree, though, that there is no Wagnerian influence (at least not musically) and that Ölander’s orchestration is rich and colorful. 2 CDs. No libretto. Karin Ingebäck (soprano), Mattias Ermedahl, Lars-Erik Jonsson (tenors), Stig Tysklind (bass), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and Choir; Michael Bartosch.