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Opera Matinee: Genoveva

on BBC Radio 3

Schumann's only completed opera, a tale of marital fidelity set in eighth-century Brabant, is consciously heroic and Germanic. Count Siegfried is summoned to fight in the Crusades and leaves his new young wife Genoveva at home. During his absence, Golo, a young knight, tries to win her over with the aid of a magic mirror belonging to his sorceress foster-mother. But
Genoveva stands firm and is rewarded with a happy reunion with Siegfried. Premiered two months before. Lohengrin, Schumann's opera contains some decidedly Wagnerian traits - a continuous flow of music and more than a hint of some leitmotifs. Sung in German.
Arnold Schoenberg Choir,
Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt


Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Ruth Ziesak(soprano
Marjana Upovsek(mezzo)
Deon van Der Walt (tenor)
Oliver Widmer(bass)
Rodney Gilfry(baritone)
Thomas Quasthoff(bass)
Ijichi Hiroyuki(bass/baritone)
Josef Krenmair(bass/baritone)

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