Reimann, A: Die Gespenstersonate

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Reimann, A: Die Gespenstersonate

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29th Oct 2012




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Reimann, A: Die Gespenstersonate

Deutsche Oper Berlin - Live Recording From The Hebbel-Theater Berlin, 1984

Hans Günter Nöcker (Der Alte), Martha Mödl (Die Mumie), Horst Hiestermann (Der Oberst), David Knutson (Der Student Arkenholz), Gudrun Sieber (Das Fräulein), Donald Grobe (Johansson) & William Dooley (Bengtsson)

Junge Deutsche Philharmonie & Ensemble Modern, Friedemann Layer (conductor) & Heinz Lukas-Kindermann (stage director)

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Set and Costumes by DIETRICH SCHORAS

World Premiere Recording.

In September 1984, as part of the Berlin Festival Week, the Deutsche Oper Berlin staged the world premiere of German composer Aribert Reimann’s opera “Die Gespenstersonate”. Based on the drama by the Swedish writer August Strindberg, the chamber opera tells the story of a student, who muses about the inhabitants of a fancy-looking house. His crucial meeting with the Old Man pulls him into a world of intrigues, sickness, depression and murder. It plays in and around the presumably haunted house, which seems to drown its inhabitants in its sinister atmosphere.

Better known for his operas “Lear” or “Medea”, Reimann established himself fi rmly as a stage composer from 1965 onwards. “Die Gespenstersonate”, being a modern chamber opera, was performed not on the great stage of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, but at the smaller Hebbel-Theater. Heinz Lukas-Kindermann’s stage direction sets the spectator under its gloomy spell, the exquisite cast performing the demanding score stars Hans Günter Nöcker as the Old Man and David Knutson as the Student, as well as well-loved Martha Mödl as the Mummy.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 88 mins

FSK: 0

BBC Music Magazine

February 2013


“Aribert Reimann's chamber score for Strindberg's far-out Ghost Sonata fantasy is sensitive and excellently performed.”

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