LORTZING: REGINA

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - COLMAN MOR­RIS­SEY

Soloists: Jo­hanna Stojkovic, Daniel Kirch, Detlef Roth; Munchner Rund­funko­rch­ester Con­duc­tor: Ulf Schirmer

CPO

Though largely un­known out­side his home­land, Al­bert Lortzing (1801-1851) was Ger­many’s leading comic opera com­poser in the first half of the 19th century. Largely self-taught, Lortzing had a melodic gift cou­pled with an eye for good li­bret­tos, leading to suc­cess­ful hu­mor­ous light op­eras. Much of his mu­sic is de­riv­a­tive of Mozart and We­ber, al­beit with a light touch spe­cial to him­self. Regina is some­thing of an odd man out in his list of op­eras, in that it has a dark and tragic hue. The li­bretto arose from the up­heavals and rev­o­lu­tions of 1848. The sup­pres­sion of those up­heavals meant that the opera was never staged dur­ing Lortzing’s life­time. This is a pity, as Regina con­tains many fine melodies and is very en­joy­able.

Down­load: Track 1 (Over­ture), Track 8 (Act 1 Fi­nale)

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