Peter Schreier (tenor), Siegfried Lorentz (bass) & Rosemarie Lang
Chor der Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin & Staatskapelle Berlin, Otmar Suitner
First performed in 1917 in Munich (conducted by Bruno Walter), Pfitzner’s opera on the great 16th‐century composer Palestrina became popular with those in German musical society who had become hostile to the direction which Schoenberg and Busoni had taken. Composed in “traditional” late romantic style it has a particularly Wagnerian flavour, a kind of catholic “Meistersinger” with hints of Palestrinian counterpoint and plainchant.
A superb cast in this exciting live recording from Berlin: Peter Schreier, Siegfried Lorenz, Rosemarie Lang and the Staatskapelle Berlin conducted by the great Otmar Suitner, a specialist in late romantic repertoire.
Berlin Deutsche Staatsoper Chorus, Staatskapelle Berlin
Hermann Christian Polster (bass), Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (baritone), Siegfried Lorenz (baritone), Reiner Suss (bass), Fritz Hubner (bass), Henno Garduhn (tenor), Gunther Leib (bass), Gunter Kurth (tenor), Joachim Arndt (tenor), Bernd Zettisch (baritone), Horst Gebhardt (tenor), Gerd Wolf (bass), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (baritone), Fritz Heidan (bass), Walter Naveau (bass), Roman Trekel (baritone), Elvira Dressen (mezzo-soprano), Peter Schreier (tenor), Carola Nossek (soprano), Rosemarie Lang (mezzo-soprano), Olaf Bär (baritone), Peter Menzel (tenor), Dario Suss (bass), Andreas Schmidt (baritone), Brigitte Eisenfeld (soprano), Margot Stejskal (soprano), Adelheid Vogel (soprano), Uta Priew (alto), Helmut Oertel (organ)