RUDOLF WAGNER-RÉGENY (1903-1969): Die Bürger von Calais.
Catalogue Number: 10N058
Reference: 2 CD 00285
Description: Dating from 1939, this opera is based on the report of an incident at the Siege of Calais of 1347 in Jean Froissart's Chronicles. Combining a Brecht-Weill musical theatre style with the Italian Bellini-Verdi tradition, it was considered by the composer to be his best opera (of a dozen in total). Good, solid radio-studio sound, with introductions to each act (in German, of course) included. 2 CDs. No libretto. Hellmuth Kaphahn (bass), Maria Croonen (soprano), Leipzig Radio Choir, Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra; Herbert Kegel (March 3, 1958).