Release Date: 03/01/14
Boris Blacher was one of the most important and most widely performed composers in post-war Germany. In his 1969 opera â200 000 Talerâ (200 000 Thalers) he adapted a comedy by famed and popular Jewish author Scholom Aleichem and created a sophisticated milieu study around tailor Schimele Soroker and his family who come to great fortune by winning the lottery.This 1970 recording of the world premiere production stars a stunning Martha MÃ¶dl as Sorokerâs wife and GÃ¼nter Reich in the role of the shrewd tailor. Director Gustav Rudolf Sellner leads his fine cast meticulously through the comic and self-ironic material and supports the clichÃ©-less score that Blacher conceived for Aleichemâs characters. Heinrich Hollreiser conducts the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin with insight and musical mastery. As the Neue ZÃ¼rcher Zeitung wrote after the premiere, âBlacher discovers forces and notions that move our century within the naive, unpretentious literary material at hand. â¦ Without ever using Jewish melodies this score creates a kind of folklore of a setting that is fully Blacherâs own. Here lives a new style.â
|Label: Arthaus Musik|
|Run Time: 96 mins|
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