Pfitzner: Das Christelflein (The Christmas Elf), Op. 20

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Pfitzner: Das Christelflein (The Christmas Elf), Op. 20

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7771552

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2

Release date:

28th Nov 2005

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0761203715527

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96 minutes

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Pfitzner: Das Christelflein (The Christmas Elf), Op. 20

an opera in two acts


Marlis Petersen, Martina Rueping, Kevin Connors, Christian Bauer, Michael Volle, Andreas Hoerl, Friedemann Roehlig, Richard Salter, Andrea Sokol

Tollzer Knabenchor, Muenchner Rundfunkorchester, Claus Peter Flor

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Hans Pfitzner: Das Christ-Elflein, Op. 20

Act I: Ouverture

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act I: Sie schlafen alle, weit und breit! (Elflein, Tannegreis)

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act I: Krank? O weh! Was mag das sein? (Elflein)

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act I: Ich schreite durch den Schnee einher (Knecht Rupprecht)

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act I: Du holdes Puppengesicht (Knecht Rupprecht, Jochen, Franz, Christkindchen, Elflein, Tannegreis)

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act I: Nun woll'n wir einmal seh'n (Tannegreis)

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act I: Tannenjunker! (Elflein, Tannegreis, Engel) - Beifall geblendet

Act II: Introduction

Act I: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act II: Wo ist der Baum? (Gumpach, Franz, Frieder)

Act II: Melodram: Du bist der Frieder

Act II: O komm' in uns're Mitte (Kinder)

Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act II: Als Christ, der Herr, verklaret war (Knecht Rupprecht)

Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink) - Act II: Instrumental

Act II: Bei wem das Christkindchen heut' kehrt ein (Christkindchen, Frieder, Elfein, Tannegreis)

Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act II: Christkindchen tut lauten (Christkindchen, Knecht Rupprecht, Elflein, Engel)

Act II: Zwischentext (text by A. Fink)

Act II: Alle Englein freuen sich (Engel, Trautchen, Frieder, Tannegreis) - Beifall geblendet

BBC Music Magazine

February 2006

****

“Marlis Petersen… takes off as the Christmas Elf and Friedemann Röhlig is a deliciously grumpy Old Fir Tree. The Tölz Boy's Choir sing like the angels they're supposed to be… Das Christ-Elflein is welcome for as a reminder of the late Romantic tradition of writing Christmas operas for children...”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2006

“The Christmas fairy-tale involving the elf of the title, the Christ child, a fir tree and a sick girl (a mute part) cured by the intervention of the Christ child, is fairly mawkish but Pfitzner clothed is in music of Humperdinck-like melodiousness and light instrumentation... The musical setting lasts not much more than 75 minutes, consisting of an overture and several beautiful, often moving numbers. Ingenuous as they may be, they are unassumingly right for the simple sincerity of the story. They are played lovingly by the Munich Radio Orchestra under Claus Peter Flor's sympathetic baton. The most significant part is that of the title-role... The accomplished Marlis Petersen easily encompasses its appreciable difficulties singing with a crystalline tone and expressive feeling that recall the artistry of Lucia Popp.”

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