EMIL NIKOLAUS VON REZNICEK (1860-1945): Benzin.
Catalogue Number: 05T045
Reference: 777 653-2
Description: Benzin, set to the composer’s own libretto in 1929 freely adapting Calderón de la Barca’s "El mayor encanto amor", collected dust for more than eighty years before it came to the attention of the Chemnitz Theater which premiered it in November 2010 (this recording). This is a farcical, fantastic drama à la E. T. A. Hoffmann in which grotesque exaggeration renders tolerable the depths and perils of human existence. Dance forms pervade the music, contributing to the characterization of the social class depicted in the plot of the opera while also offering an overview of the “light tone” intended by Reznicek for this work; polonaise, foxtrot, Boston lente, and Tempo di Valse numbers occur along with a tango and a Galop presto. The tonal arsenal is fully equipped and implemented, which of course means propeller noise, sirens, and hammering on an anvil creating an authentic airport atmosphere. 2 CDs. German-English libretto. Johanna Stojkovic, Guibee Yang (sopranos), Andreas Kindschuh (baritone), Chemnitz Opera Choir, Robert Schumann Philharmonic; Frank Beermann.