Meyerbeer: Jephtas Gelübde

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Ziazan, ; Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra; Sofia Philharmonic Chorus; Elsäßer, Marcus; Tritchkova, Vesela; Chernev, Lyubomir; Balkanski, Rossen; Bruker, Caroline; Pilibosyan, Simeon; Ignatov, Vasil; Chudak, Andrea; Yanev, Ivaylo; Kalaidjian, Laurence; Ivanov, Nikolay; Salvi, Dario; Freier, Sönke Tams; Kolár, Mojmír; Angelov, Ivan; Petrov, Peter; Petrov, Orfey

Meyerbeer, long considered one of the greatest of operatic composers, is being rediscovered. His first music drama was Jephtas Gelübde, based on the biblical story of Jephta and his rash vow of sacrifice. The musical language is varied in expression, with an exceptionally advanced use of leitmotif and a subtle depiction of psychological process, all revealing a powerful command of material. Marches and dances of radically different moods, allied to choruses of folk-like simplicity and grandiose power, are part of a mature score in which intense monologues and gripping ensembles embody music of lyricism, drama and rapture.

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