GOTTFRIED VON EINEM (1918-1996): Der Prozess, Op. 14.
Catalogue Number: 05U059
Description: Based on Kafka’s novel “The Trial” and premiered at the 1953 Salzburg Festival (Orfeo released a historical recording of this performance), this opera gives the book’s central character, a bewildered bank clerk, incessant recitative-like music which matches the rise and fall of his progressively deranged speech while the orchestra is harsh and rhythmic in a Stravinskian fashion although the music remains generally tonal. As a fitting centenary tribute, this also is a live Salzburg Festival recording from last year, conducted by composer-conductor HK Gruber who was an Einem pupil. 2 CDs. No libretto. Michael Laurenz (tenor), Tilman Rönnebeck (bass), Johannes Kammler (baritone), Ilse Eerens (soprano), Vienna Radio symphony Orchestra; HK Gruber.