ANTON URSPRUCH (1850-1907): Das Unmöglichste von Allem.
Catalogue Number: 10P042
Description: This 1897 comic opera to the composer's own libretto, after a Lope de Vega play, is remarkable enough in not having much in the way of Wagnerian influence. But Urspruch's construction on a symphonic scale, with a series of amusing plot lines (sort of in the fickle women Così fan tutte genre), powered by tuneful and inventive writing, shows that the littel thread of German comic opera (Cornelius' Barbier von Bagdad and Goetz' Der Widerspenstigen Zähmung) could still produce something quite entertaining on the cusp of the 20th century. 3 CDs. Libretto and translation available on-line. Rebecca Broberg, Anne Wieben (sopranos), Robert Fendl (baritone), Matthias Grätzel (tenor), PPP Music Theatre Ensemble, Munich, Orchestra of the Sorbian National Ensemble; Israel Yinon.