RICHARD FLURY (1896-1967): Eine florentinische Tragödie, Sapphos Tod.
Catalogue Number: 06U010
Label: Toccata Classics
Reference: TOCC 0427
Description: This Swiss composer felt the same fascination for Oscar Wilde’s drama of love and violence in Renaissance Italy that also attracted his near-contemporary Zemlinsky: they set the same libretto. Flury responded to the text with this dark and swirling one-act verismo opera (1926-28), sizzling with sexual tension, the vocal lines of the three characters unfolding over an orchestral texture remarkable for its plasticity and kaleidoscopic color. It is preceded here by a dignified but impassioned operatic scene from 1928 setting Grillparzer’s dramatic treatment of the suicide of the Greek poetess Sappho. German-English texts. Julia Sophie Wagner (soprano), Long Long (tenor), Daniel Ochoa (baritone), Nuremberg Symphony Orchestra; Paul Mann.