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Schreker: Der Schatzgraber-Symphonic Interlude

Magazine article Gramophone

Schreker: Der Schatzgraber-Symphonic Interlude

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Schreker

Der Schatzgraber--Symphonic Interlude. Die Gezeichneten--Prelude. Das Spielwerk--Prelude. Vorspiel zu elner grossen Oper. Der ferne Klang--Nachtstuck Royal Swedish Orchestra / Lawrence Renes BIS (F)[SACD] BIS2212 (69' * DDD/DSD)

Luxuriously orchestrated and sensuously intoxicating, the extended orchestral interludes found in Schreker's operas are as fine an introduction as any to the music of this historically important but still underperformed Austrian composer. Premiered in Vienna in 1909, the Nachtstiick from Schreker's second opera, Der feme Klang, is probably the best-known piece here. Its quixotic, surging nature is typical of the composer's mature style, the music frequently building to ecstatic climaxes which alternate with softer episodes populated by sinuous instrumental solos and gentle percussive splashes from the likes of tambourine, celesta and harp. The preludes from Das Spielwerk and Die Gezeichneten as well as the Symphonisches Zwischenspiel from Der Schatzgraber, the latter opera representing the peak of Schreker's boxoffice success, follow a similar formula. By contrast, the Vorspiel zu einer grossen Oper, composed in 1933 and his last completed work, finds Schreker's music taking a different direction. …

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