Goldmark: Die Königen von Saba

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Goldmark: Die Königen von Saba


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1st July 2016




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Goldmark: Die Königen von Saba

Jin Seok Lee (bass), Irma Mihelič (soprano), Nuttaporn Thammathi (tenor), Kevin Moreno (baritone), Károly Szemerédy (baritone), Katerina Hebelková (mezzo-soprano), Kim-Lillian Strebel (soprano), Andrei Yvan (bass)

Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Extrachor des Theater Freiburg, Vokalensemble der Hochschule für Musik Freiburg, Fabrice Bollon

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This month brings yet another operatic wonder from Freiburg, again conducted by Fabrice Bollon. Karl Goldmark’s Die Königin von Saba (The Queen of Sheba) became one of the most-performed operas of the turn of the century. The Queen of Sheba, a ravishing femme fatale, accepts King Solomon’s invitation to come from Sheba to Jerusalem, and the young Assad falls madly in love with her along the way. Whenever the two are alone, she makes no secret of her love for him, but in public she denies that she has ever met him or has tender feelings for him. Languishing in melancholy and grief, the unhappy male lover in the end finds only one way out: death for love.

Karl Goldmark: Die Königin von Saba, Op. 27, Act I

Act I: Overture

Act I Scene 1: Öffnet euch, Tore (Chorus)

Act I Scene 2: Tritt ohne Zagen ein (High Priest)

Act I Scene 3: Mein Assad kehrt zurück! (Sulamith, Chorus)

Act I Scene 4: Dem König Heil! (Assad, High Priest, Sulamith, Baal-Hanan, Chorus)

Act I Scene 5: Mein Blick gewahrt Befremden ringsherum (Solomon)

Act I Scene 6: Ich les' auf deinem bleichen Munde (Solomon, Assad)

Act I Scene 6: The Entrance of the Queen of Sheba: March

Act I Scene 7: Heil! Heil! der Königin Heil! (Chorus, Solomon, Queen, Assad)

Act I Scene 7: Dieses Auge, diese Züge (All)

Die Königin von Saba, Op. 27, Act II

Act II: Night Piece and Festal Music

Act II Scene 1: Aus des Jubels Festgepränge … (Queen)

Act II Scene 2: Süße Herrin! (Astaroth, Queen)

Act II Scene 3: Magische Töne, berauschender Duft (Assad)

Act II Scene 3: Assad! (Queen)

Act II Scene 3: Morgendämmerung

Act II Scene 4: Die Sonne steigt aus des Morgens Schoß (Baal-Hanan, Chorus, Assad)

Act II Scene 5: Danket dem Herrn, denn er ist freundlich (High Priest, Chorus)

Act II Scene 6: Wie auf das Saatkorn dein Segen taut (Chorus, Sulamith)

Act II Scene 7: Aria: Blick empor zu jenen Räumen! (All)

Act II Scene 8: Weh mir, wer naht sich mir! (All)

Die Königin von Saba, Op. 27, Act III

Act III: Prelude

Act III Scene 1: Ballet I

Act III Scene 1: Ballet: Bienentanz der Almeen

Act III Scene 1: Ballet II

Act III Scene 1: Ballet III

Act III Scene 1: Rauschet, rauschet durch die Lüfte (Chorus)

Act III Scene 2: Vom Mahle brichst du auf (Solomon, Queen)

Act III Scene 3: Entlarvt hat sich dein Herz (Solomon, Baal-Hanan, Chorus)

Act III Scene 4: Wie Jephthas Tochter zieht sie … (Chorus, Solomon, Sulamith)

Die Königin von Saba, Op. 27, Act IV

Act IV Scene 1: Wohin lenk' ich die müden Schritte? (Assad)

Act IV Scene 2: Assad! (Queen, Assad)

Act IV Scene 3: Komm, Tod, geendet sind die Qualen (Assad)

Act IV Scene 4: Uns're Tränen tau'n auf deinen Schritt (Chorus, Assad, Sulamith)

Gramophone Magazine

September 2016

“It’s a heady, enthralling experience, and I can’t recommend it highly enough”

MusicWeb International

20th September 2016

“A recording with many virtues, which goes a long way to explain the high reputation the opera enjoyed in Germany during the late nineteenth century”

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