“Auber: Le Cheval De Bronze (Sung In German)”
|Daniel François Esprit Auber||Le cheval de bronze (The Bronze Horse).|
Franz Fuchs (Baritone), Leo Heppe (Bass), Wilma Jung (Soprano), Tino di Costa (Tenor).
Großes Wiener Rundfunkorchester – Kurt Richter.
Daniel François-Esprit Auber’s sparkling and beautiful overtures were once as widely known as those of Rossini and Suppés. He had a long and extremely successful collaboration with the librettist Eugène Scribe which led to great opera successes like “Le Maçon” (1825), “La Muette de Portici” (1828) and “Le cheval de bronze” (1835).
“Le cheval de bronze”, a three-act opera-féerique based on the story “Les Sept Fils du Calender” from Thousand and One Nights, is set in the province of Shantung in a fairytale China. The magical iron horse of the title, which mysteriously appears on a nearby hill, carries everyone who climbs on its back to the planet Venus, where beguiling sirens live …
The online memoir raves about the historic recording from 1953: “I am always delighted to encounter individually timbrated voices and the eavesdropping of a crowd of artists who were able to combine text clarity, a sensual colour scheme and the blood of the theatre in the most natural way.