SCHREKER, F.: Schatzgraber (Der) [Opera] (Protschka, Schnaut, Stamm, Haage, Helm, Hamburg State Philharmonic, G. Albrecht)
Franz Schreker's most successful (and last) opera Der Schatzgraber was dated November 12, 1918, the same day the Habsburg Empire merged with the German Reich. It was performed in 50 cities to great acclaim, but the changing political tides swiftly ended the operatic career of the Jewish composer.
SCHREKER, F.: Ferne Klang (Der) [Opera] (Moser, Schnaut, Halem, Nimsgern, Berlin Radio Symphony, G. Albrecht)
"I thought of myself, the drama of growing up, the folly of life with its uncertain issue, the tragedies that harshly befall us... I wrote Der ferne Klang out of myself, out of my own youthful experience." - Franz Schreker
SCHMIDT, F.: Notre Dame [Opera] (G. Jones, J. King, K. Moll, H.R. Laubenthal, RIAS Chamber Chorus, St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Perick)
This world premiere recording of Schmidt's Notre Dame is dominated not by Paris or Quasimodo, but by Esmeralda, played by Gwyneth Jones. She is the center of the stories which make up the plot and the Esmeralda motif is the principal theme of the opera.
Vocal Recital: Schwanewilms, Anne - SCHUMANN, R. / WOLF, H.
Anne Schwanewilms ranks among the greatest interpreters of Strauss and Wagner performing today, but for her new album she deliberately chose songs by Schumann and Wolf. In Anne's words, "The tranquility that can emerge with Schumann and Wolf is incredibly intense and fascinating for me."