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Walter Braunfels - The Annunciation

Penny Gore presents a Bavarian Radio recording of Walter Braunfels's opera The Annunciation, which tells of a woman's fatal pity towards a man with leprosy.

Penny Gore continues this week's theme of religious theatre music with a Bavarian Radio recording of Walter Braunfels's musical mystery play The Annunciation, telling of a woman's fatal pity towards a man with leprosy. Braunfels was a leading composer and pianist in Germany in the first half of the twentieth century, until his music was banned by the Nazis in the 1930s.

Walter Braunfels: Die Verkundigung (The Annunciation), mystery play in four acts, Op. 50

Andreas Gradherz ..... Robert Holl (bass),
His wife, the Mother ..... Hanna Schwarz (mezzo-soprano),
Violaine ..... Juliane Banse (soprano),
Mara ..... Janina Baechle (soprano),
Jakobaus ..... Adrian Erod (baritone),
Peter von Ulm ..... Mathias Klink (tenor),
Peter's servant ..... Mauro Peter (tenor),
An angel's voice ..... Vanessa Goikoetxea (high soprano),
First worker ..... Johannes Stermann (bass),
Schulze von Rothenstein ..... Wolfgang Klose (spoken role),
First woman ..... Jutta Bethsold (spoken role),
Second woman ..... Sonja Philippin (spoken role),
Second worker ..... Timo Janzen (spoken role),
Third worker ..... Matthias Ettmayr (spoken role),

Bavarian Radio Chorus,
Munich Radio Orchestra,
Ulf Schirmer (conductor).

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Opera Matinee

    • Walter Braunfels

      Die Verk√ľndigung (The Annunciation), mystery play in four acts, op. 50

      performer: Andreas Gradherz, Robert Holl (bass) performer: His wife, the Mother, Hanna Schwarz (mezzo-soprano) performer: Violaine, Juliane Banse (soprano) performer: Mara, Janina Baechle (soprano) performer: Jakobaus, Adrian Erod (baritone) performer: Peter von Ulm, Mathias Klink (tenor) performer: Peter's servant, Mauro Peter (tenor) performer: An angel's voice, Vanessa Goikoetxea (high soprano) performer: First worker, Johannes Stermann (bass) performer: Schulze von Rothenstein, Wolfgang Klose (spoken role) performer: First woman, Jutta Bethsold (spoken role) performer: Second woman, Sonja Philippin (spoken role) performer: Second worker, Timo Janzen (spoken role) performer: Third worker, Matthias Ettmayr (spoken role). performer: Bavarian Radio Chorus orchestra: Munich Radio Orchestra conductor: Ulf Schirmer.