Spohr: The Alchemist

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Spohr: The Alchemist



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18th April 2011




2 hours 11 minutes


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Spohr: The Alchemist

Bernd Weikl (Don Feliz de Vasquez - Der Alchymist), Moran Abauloff (Inez), Jörg Dürmüller (Don Alonzo de Castros), Jan Zinkler (Don Ramiro de Loxa), Susanna Putters (Paola), Mike Garling (Lopez), Linda Foerster (Inquisitor), Romuald Jasinski & Stantcho Velitchkov (Zwei Gypsies)

Braunschwieg Staatsorchester and Chorus, Christian Fröhlich

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This is the first recording of Spohr's three-act opera, The Alchemist. Christian Fröhlich conducted this live performance in the Staatstheater Braunscheig in May 2009. This was the first time the opera had been heard since its last performance in Prague in 1838.

Louis Spohr: Der Alchymist


Act I: Bergauf, bergab, von Felz zu Schlucht (Zigeuner, Lopez)

Act I: Aria: So bin ich verraten, verstossen, verlacht (Paola)

Act I: Duet: Sie ist's (Paola, Inez)

Act I: Recitative: Doch still, wer nahet? (Paola)

Act I: Recitative and Aria: O welcher Reiz dies holde Bild (Alonzo)

Act I: Ich folg' umsonst der Freude Spuren (Ramiro, Ziguener, Alonzo, Chorus)

Act I: Fort ist er (Alonzo, Vasquez, Inez)

Act II: Recitative and Duet: Es ist schon spat (Ramiro, Paola)

Act II: Recitative and Aria: Ha! Welch ein Plan! (Paola)

Act II: Arietta: Der Abend neigt sich zu der Erde nieder (Inez)

Act II: So offne Deine schonen Augenlider (Alonzo, Inez)

Act II: Sieh jene Schar (Inez, Alonzo, Zigeuner, Lopez)

Act II: Recitative: Flieht nicht, Senora (Lopez, Alonzo, Paola)

Act II: Abuhamet (Paola, Zigeuner, Inez, Chorus)

Act II: Finale: De bebst, Geliebte? (Alonzo, Inez, Paola, Lopez, Ziguener, Vasquez, Ramiro)

Act III: Vision (Vasquez, Inquisitor)

Act III: Recitative and Aria: Vor meine Richter wird' ich bald gefuhrt (Vasquez)

Act III: Fliehe nicht vor Mannerschritten (Zigeuner, Ramiro, Inez, Paola)

Act III: Weh' mir! (Inez, Ramiro, Zigeuner)

Act III: Finale: Auf gold'nen Wolken naht der Morgen (Volk, Alonzo, Inez, Lopez, Ramiro, Vazquez, Paola)

International Record Review

July/August 2011

“Bernd Weikl seizes with both hands the opportunities offered by the Alchemist's eccentric character...The part is well written, and very well sung...Spohr's orchestration is, as always, imaginatively coloured as part of the dramatic expression.”

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