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Marschner - Der Vampyr

Katie Derham presents a performance of Heinrich Marschner's opera Der Vampyr given in Geneva in 2016. Plus the Bavarian Radio Chorus in Victoria, Janequin, Arman and Tormis.

Katie Derham presents Heinrich Marschner's 1827 opera Der Vampyr (The Vampire), recorded in Geneva last year - the first Gothic grand opera, inspired by the Romantic horror creations of William Polidori and Mary Shelley, mixing the Italian style with the German Singspiel.

2pm:
Heinrich Marschner: Der Vampyr - grand Romantic opera in two acts

Lord Ruthven ..... Tómas Tómasson (baritone)
Sir Humphrey Davenaut ..... Jens Larsen (bass)
Malwina ..... Laura Claycomb (soprano)
Sir Edgar Aubry ..... Shawn Mathey (tenor)
George Dibdin ..... Ivan Turšic (tenor)
Emmy Perth ..... Maria Fiselier (soprano)
Chorus of the Grand Théâtre, Geneva
Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
Conductor Dmitri Jurowski

Also this afternoon at c. 3.20pm:

Victoria: Missa pro Victoria
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Howard Arman, director

3.40pm
Janequin: La Guerre
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Howard Arman, director

3.50pm
Arman: La Bataille de Marignan
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
Howard Arman, director

4.10pm
Tormis: Raua needmine (Curse upon Iron)
Bavarian Radio Chorus
Munich Radio Orchestra Percussion Ensemble
Howard Arman, director.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Missa Pro Victoria

    Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Conductor: Howard Arman.
  • Clément Janequin

    La Guerre

    Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Howard Arman.
  • Howard Arman

    La Bataille de Marignan

    Performer: Percussion-Ensemble. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Howard Arman.
  • Veljo Tormis

    Raua Needmine

    Performer: Percussion-Ensemble. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Conductor: Howard Arman.

Synopsis

This version of Heinrich Marschner’s opera Der Vampyr has been abridged and edited as a work of musical theatre, co-produced by the Komische Oper in Berlin and Geneva’s Grand Théâtre. Incidental music composed for this production by Johannes Hofmann links the numbers in an eerie, contemporary reference to the music and sound idiom of horror movies.
Before his time is up, the vampire Lord Ruthven must bite three brides to death. This condition, laid down by an army of undead, must be met if Ruthven is to spend another year among the living. For him it’s both an obligation and a pleasure, as he is endowed with positively hypnotic powers on women, it is difficult to resist his seductive charms. George Dibdin can only look on helplessly as his Emmy falls into the clutches of the ghoulish lord. And Edgar Aubry nearly goes insane because he can see no way out of his dilemma: if he betrays the vampire, he’ll turn into one himself; if he doesn’t, his sweetheart Malwina will be forced to marry Ruthven. That’s because Malwina’s father, Lord Davenaut, doesn’t realize or won’t accept whom it is he has chosen as his son-in-law…

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