ERWIN SCHULHOFF (1894-1942): Flammen.
Catalogue Number: 04W046
Description: In Schulhoff’s early works like this one from 1928-32, the features are a late Romantic approach influenced by Reger that later developed with an emphasis on rhythm in the direction of Expressionism and Neo-Classicism, also including jazz elements. The starting point is the ‘Don Juan’ story, but the underlying idea in Karel Beneš’ libretto and Schulhoff’s work is not to present the colorful seducer, but the fate of a man driven by his desires and needs who cannot even remotely find happiness and peace in constancy. In his opera, Schulhoff brilliantly manages to find a different dramaturgical approach, on the one hand, and at the same time to pay a kind of alienated homage to Mozart’s work, on the other. 2 CDs. No info on libretto/translation availability. Raymond Very (tenor), Stephanie Friede, Iris Vermilion (sopranos), Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Jazz Band of members of the Vereinigten Bühnen Wien, ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra; Bertrand de Billy.