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Goldschmidt, Berthold: Beatrice Cenci (1949/50) 110'
Opera in 3 Acts

Music Text

Deutsch

Libretto by Martin Esslin after Shelley's verse drama 'The Cenci' (E)

Scoring

S,M,A,3T,2Bar,2B; small roles; chorus; 3(III=picc).3(III=corA).3(III=bcl).3(III=dbn)-4.3.3.1-timp.perc(2/3): susp.cym/BD/tgl/xyl/glsp/vib/cyms/tam-t/lg tam-t/t.bells/TD/SD-harp- strings.

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World Premiere

16/04/1988
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Pro Musica Chorus of London / London Chamber Symphony / Odaline de la Martinez

World stage premiere

10/09/1994
Magdeburg
Max K. Hoffmann, director / Theater Magdeburg / Mathias Husmann

Repertoire Note

Deutsch

Goldschmidt’s second opera was one of four prize-winning works in the British Arts Council’s ‘Festival of Britain’ competition in 1949, but it never received the promised performance and had to wait forty years for its concert premiere in London in 1988 and its staged premiere in Magdeburg in 1994. Consciously written in a modern ‘bel canto’ idiom, Beatrice Cenci is a more opulent and romantic opera than its predecessor and contains some of Goldschmidt’s most passionate and eloquent music.

Press Quotes

Deutsch

"Its story is moving, its framework taut and its web of themes individually memorable."
Daily Telegraph





"...disturbing, allusive and pungently beautiful."
Boston Globe

"Goldschmidt's opera music deserves a firm place in the repertoire: written so that the text is truly sung, the music is rich and colourful, stimulating and touching; the singers are helped by its easy vocal lines, and the listener held spellbound by its graphic, illustrative power..."
Westdeutscher Zeitung

Recommended Recording

Simon Estes, Della Jones, Roberta Alexander, Fiona Kimm, Peter Rose, Erich Wottrich, Siegfried Lorenz, Reinhard Beyer, Stefan Stoll, John David de Haan, Ian Bostridge, Berlin Radio Chorus, Berlin Deutsches Symphony Orchestra, Lothar Zagrosek
Sony S2K66836

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