Heinz Holliger: Lunea

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Label: ECM
Catalog: 4856322
Format: CD

Heinz Holliger's "dream opera" Lunea, premiered to great acclaim at the Zurich Opera House, weaves together plot lines from the life and thought of the Hungarian-born Austrian poet Nikolaus Franz Niembsch (1802-1850), who wrote under the name Nikolaus Lenau. Lenau's last, fragmentary writings fired Holliger's imagination, resulting in a multi-layered work with a wonderfully evocative lead role for baritone Christian Gerhaher. The Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote: "Here Christian Gerhaher can display all his sensitivity in dealing with the finest nuances of language and bring to bear his almost unlimited spectrum of tonal-dynamic gradations in tone. In this way the poet Lenau speaks most directly without the detour via the stage - namely directly from the tones ...". An extensive 120-page booklet in German and English, with the complete libretto by Händl Klaus and synopses of each of the opera's 23 scenes, as well as an essay by Roman Brotbeck, a performance note by Christian Gerhaher, score fragments, performance photos and more accompany the 2-CD set.

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