In 2012, we conducted an interview with Ingo Metzmacher on Franz Schreker. You can watch the video here:
An English transcript of the interview is available on our MusikSalon.
The Opera de Lyon will host a new production Franz Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten [The Stigmatized] under the direction of David Bösch on 13 March. Further performances take place on 17, 20, 22, 26 and 28 March.
View their teaser online:
Michael Haas, author of Forbidden Music: The Jewish Composers Banned by the Nazis, has published a virtual exhibition on Franz Schreker on his website – a highly recommended guide to the most important ‘missing link’ in the history of 20th century music.
Conductor Ingo Metzmacher on Schreker:
Schreker was undoubtedly one of the last composers of this generation. A new aesthetic developed after the war. His personal fate as a “degenerate” artist in Berlin, who was driven out of office in 1933, attempted to emigrate and then died in 1934, is an additional factor. Like many others, he was simply forgotten – passed over. The Nazis did a good job on him.
Watch an interview with Ingo Metzmacher on the music of Franz Schreker.
Tomorrow, Friday 4 April, the Ensemble Resonanz will start their tour de France together with cellist Jean-Guihen Queyras. They will perform Franz Schreker’s Scherzo, Wolfgang Rihm’s Nachtordnung, Arnold Schönberg’s Verklärte Nacht and also Matthias Georg Monn’s concert for violoncello and string orchestra.
They will give concerts on Friday at the Maison de la Culture in Grenoble, on Monday at the Bouffes du Nord in Paris and on Tuesday at the Arsenal in Metz.
Furthermore, Queyras and the ensemble are promoting their recent cd release on harmonia mundi; here is a German interview with Jean-Guihen Queyras on Berg, Schönberg and the recording:
The interview is also available in French.
Andrew Clements of the The Guardian reviews the new Challenge Classics recording of Franz Schreker’s Der Schatzgräber [The Treasure Hunter], recorded by Marc Albrecht, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra and the Netherlands Opera Chorus at the Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam in autumn 2012.
Read the full review on The Guardian.
The London Evening Standard writes that the concert “was held together not by anniversaries or any overriding concept but by the quality of the music itself.” Read the full review here.
At Sotheby’s “Music, Continental Books & Manuscripts” sale several items from the estate of Franz Schreker will be on sale. Among them: Schreker’s own annotated and marked-up scores of Der Ferne Klang and Der Schatzgräber, a full score of Schönberg’s Gurrelieder (also annotated by Schreker) and a first edition of Wozzeck, signed and inscribed by Berg to Schreker.
Reviews of the long-lost opera were consistently positive, especially regarding the Israel Chamber Orchestra and Alexander Kaimbacher’s performance of the fool. In a previous post, we have already written about Der Standard’s plea to “play more Schreker in Vienna”.
View the score of the reduced version.
His orchestration will be the same as Schreker's Chamber Symphonie (23 musicians) that was composed more or less in the same period (1916).
The opera will be premiered on 12th September 2013 in Linz/Austria (a production of EntArteOpera).