Urspruch: Das Unmoglichste Von Allem [Rebecca Broberg, Robert Fendl, Anne Wieben] [Naxos: 8660333-35]
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Anton Urspruch was Franz Liszt's favourite pupil and saw himself as a 'progressive modernist'. His music, whilst influenced by his teacher, and by Wagner, diverged from the paths taken by contemporaries such as Reger and Richard Strauss. His masterpiece, the comic opera Das Unmöglichste von Allem
, is constructed on a symphonic scale with a series of amusing plot lines powered by tuneful and inventive writing. Although the opera was well received early on by both critics and musicians, after Urspruch's death it fell into oblivion until triumphantly revived by the forces on this live recording, the first performance of the original, uncut version of the opera.Israel Yinon
stepped in for Werner Andreas Albert on this production at short notice. He is the opera conductor at the Schwetzinger Festivals, and a guest conductor with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, London, and the Deutsches Symphonie Orchester Berlin.