Franck: Hulda (original Version)
Label: Naxos Opera
Format: COMPACT DISC
Lee, Jin Seok; Yang, Jongsoo; Jung, Anja; Gionfriddo, Roberto; Ruckgaber, Katharina; Schäfer, Inga; Extrachor des Theater Freiburg; Cecconi, Mateo Peñaloza; Hebelková, Katerina; Miller, Meagan; Lee, Junbum; Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg; Orozco, Juan; Opernchor des Theater Freiburg; Kohl, Joshua; Bollon, Fabrice; Koo, Seonghwan; Park, Irina Jae-Eun; Carpenter, John
Most of César Franck’s works received scant attention at the time of their composition and Hulda was never performed in his lifetime. The narrative is set in 14th-century Norway at the time of the great tribal kings, with marauding hordes spreading fear and terror throughout the land. Hulda is kidnapped and transferred from one tribe to the other, her family is killed and she herself is humiliated. However, Hulda’s spirit cannot be crushed, and she survives with revenge as her goal in life. Franck’s music portrays raging clans, bloodthirsty murderers and shattered lives, but also moments of exquisite tenderness in this acclaimed revival of a forgotten masterpiece that places the role of Hulda among the great tragic stage heroines.