OTTO NICOLAI (1810-1849): Die Heimkehr des Verbannten.
Catalogue Number: 12S032
Reference: 777 654-2
Description: Like his earlier Italian opera Il templario, later Germanized into Die Tempelritter, this work began life in 1841 as Il proscritto. But the Germanization of it had two stages - an 1843-44 Vienna version and a final 1847-48 Berlin version. The history is tidily explained in the notes, as well as the new orchestral touches Nicolai dreamed up which anticipated similar things used by Verdi later on. This is likely to be the only recording of this too, since it uses the Vienna version and the score’s editor got ticked off and forbade any further performances except of the Berlin version! 2 CDs. German-English libretto. Julia Bauer (soprano), Bernhard Berchtold (tenor), Hans Christoph Begemann (baritone), Chemnitz Opera Choir, Robert Schumann Philharmonic; Frank Beermann.