Franz Schubert never achieved the success as a composer for the stage that the aspired to, and even since his genius has been fully recognized, his dramatic works have not found their way into the repertoire. This is due not so much to the quality of the music, which is often very high, but to the fact that Schubert devoted himself to a form, thesingspiel, which wasn't quite an opera, but a play with interpolated musical numbers that fell quickly out of style and has never made a popular comeback. Several Mozart singspiele, particularly Die Entführung aus dem Serail and Die Zauberflöte, have remained in the repertoire due to the large percentage of musical numbers they contain, their dramatic appeal, and their extraordinary music, criteria that Schubert's work doesn't meet.
In 2002, the beautiful Canadian-Armenian soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian scored a major success when she appeared as Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, in Handel’s opera Giulio Cesare for the Canadian Opera Company. As one critic observed at that time, "Cleopatra is one of Handel’s most superb, and psychologically intricate, creations. The luminous Bayrakdarian has made a wonderful beginning in a role she will surely take to the great stages of the world—at first childishly seductive, then calculating, and ultimately revealing a profound nobility and vulnerability." For her third CD for CBC Records, Ms. Bayrakdarian has chosen arias from four works focusing on the Egyptian femme-fatale..
Liebe und Eifersucht (Love and Jealousy) is E. T. A. Hoffmann’s three act singspiel was regarded as lost for over 150 years until an edition of the score was uncovered in the German State Library in Berlin. CPO and the Ludwigsburg Castle Festival are proud to present the première recording of the work, now extant in the form originally intended by Hoffmann.
Liebe und Eifersucht shows Hoffmann’s great love for Mozart and his profound knowledge of his music. Together with Undine this singspiel certainly ranks as this great romantic writer’s most important musical work.
June 8, 2010 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of robert Schumann, one of the most important romantic composers of the 19th century. To celebrate his vast and impressive output, Deutsche Grammophon and Decca have compiled this 35-CD box set of his most important masterworks. Though this is not a complete edition, it includes every major work and a number of rarities covering every aspect of Schumann's output.
The first comprehensive Edition of Beethoven's Complete Works! More than 700 works / 87 CDs for an incredible price! Qualitative excellent recordings (DDD) from 1987 - 2007. In a space saving and aesthetic casket.
This Edition with a total of 748 works was arranged based on the well-known “Beethoven-Compendium” of Barry Cooper (Thames & Hudson Ltd., London 1991).
The combination of this unique Beethoven Edition is definitely the extensive works of Beethoven which has ever exist.
2012 is the 150th anniversary of Diepenbrock’s birth in Amsterdam. Also, it is 100 years since he was acclaimed as the most important Dutch composer since Sweelinck. This definitive collection includes his many vocal compositions as well as those for stage, orchestra and Symphonic Songs.