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king's second daughter who is to marry Jason, is taken by Julie Moffat
with a bright and wide dramatic range, recognising her sister from
descriptions and asking if she is dead [listen --
CD2 track 1, 10:14-11:07]. The part
of Jason is the tenor Robert Künzli -- 'never shall I be happy again'
[listen -- CD2 track 6, 0:00-1:00] and throughout,
Winfried Wagner takes much
delight in his part as narrator -- 'the plague has come to our city'
[listen -- CD2 track 1, 0:01-0:56].
The Berliner Singakademie and Symphony
Orchestra are conducted by Achim Zimmermann.
Georg Katzer was born in
what is now a part of Poland in January 1935, studying at the Berlin
Hochschule under Wagner-Régeny and Ruth Zechlin until 1959, and then
with Janecek in Prague before returning to the then DDR and masterclasses
with Hanns Eisler at the Berlin Academy of Arts, of which he became a
member in 1978. In 1982 he founded the Electroacoustic Studio there.
His work covers a wide range from opera to chamber music, and is perhaps
best represented in his two Concertos for Orchestra, though he seemed
to suffer some political constraints with operatic projects in the eighties.
This double CD issue of Medea is a live recording of a performance at
the Konzerthaus, Berlin in September last year, and maintains the vivid
and clear spontaneity of the event.
Copyright © 12 October 2003
Patric Standford, Wakefield, UK
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Georg Katzer: Medea in Korinth
82876 53249 2 DDD Stereo NEW RELEASE (2 CDs) 46'32"/45'04" - TT 91'36" 2003 BMG Ariola Classics GmbH
Julie Moffat, soprano; Annette Markert, alto; Robert Künzli, tenor; Peter Klaveness, bass; Winfried Wagner, speaker; Berliner Singakademie; Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester; Achim Zimmermann, conductor
Georg Katzer (born 1935): Medea in Korinth (2000-01), oratoric scenes after the libretto by Christa Wolf and Gerhard Wolf