Schmidt, F: Notre Dame

Capriccio: C5181

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Schmidt, F: Notre Dame



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2nd Sept 2013




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Schmidt, F: Notre Dame

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Hartmut Welker (baritone), Kurt Moll (bass), James King (tenor), Gwyneth Jones (soprano), Hans Helm (baritone), Horst R. Laubenthal (tenor), Andreas Juffinger (organ), Kaja Borris (mezzo-soprano)

RIAS Chamber Chorus, St. Hedwig's Cathedral Choir, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, Christof Perick

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Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, Schmidt’s opera tells the famous story from the viewpoint of Esmerelda, in a thrilling work which anticipates Berg’s Lulu.

Franz Schmidt: Notre Dame, Op. 2

Act I: Prelude

Act I Scene 1: Warum entfliehst du dem bunten Spiel (Phoebus, Gringoire, Officer)

Act I Scene 1: In holder Anmut (Phoebus)

Act I Scene 1: Halt! Nicht weiter! (Archdeacon, Quasimodo, Phoebus, Gringoire, Esmeralda, Officer, Chorus)

Act I Scene 1: Was treibst du hier? (Archdeacon, Phoebus, Gringoire, Esmeralda, Chorus)

Act I Scene 2: Holle! Tod! (Gringoire)

Act I Scene 2: Du bist es wirklich, Gringoire? (Archdeacon, Gringoire, Esmeralda)

Act I Scene 2: Einst aber folgte ich im Abenddunkel (Gringoire, Archdeacon, Esmeralda)

Act I Scene 2: Ihr seid noch hier? (Gringoire, Chorus)

Act I Scene 2: Intermezzo

Act I Scene 3: Niemand hier! (Gringoire)

Act I Scene 3: Was hor' ich? (Gringoire, Phoebus, Falourdel, Esmeralda)

Act I Scene 3: Geliebte! Endlich allein mit dir (Phoebus, Esmeralda)

Act I Scene 3: Wehe mir! Vergessen hab' ich mein Gelubde (Esmeralda, Phoebus)

Act I Scene 3: Ha, Elender! (Phoebus, Gringoire, Esmeralda, Falourdel)

Act II: Prelude

Act II Scene 1: So sanft und friedlich (Archdeacon)

Act II Scene 1: Ach, es ist der Priester! (Archdeacon, Esmeralda)

Act II Scene 1: Intermezzo

Act II Scene 2: De ventre inferi clamavi (Archdeacon, Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Chorus)

Act II Scene 2: Asyl! Asyl! (Quasimodo, Chorus)

Act II Scene 2: Intermezzo

Act II Final Scene: Es flieht der Schlummer meine Augen (Esmeralda)

Act II Final Scene: Ihr schlafet nicht? (Quasimodo, Esmeralda)

Act II Final Scene: Da ist sie, die ihr suchet! (Archdeacon, Quasimodo)

Act II Final Scene: Da ist sie! (Quasimodo, Chorus)

Act II Final Scene: Du bist gerettet, meine Seele (Archdeacon, Quasimodo, Chorus)

BBC Music Magazine

February 2014


“A sumptuous late-Romantic score with exotic gypsy music for Esmeralda. Jones and King sound too mature for young lovers, but the performance is compelling.”

MusicWeb International

21st October 2013

“In the opening scene King convinces us of his passion, and it is marvellous to hear the music so expertly taken...[Jones's] attention, as always, to the text pays dividends. She rides the climaxes with all the force that one could wish. Both of these veterans combine to good effect in their extended love duet...The music well repays investigation”

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