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FRANZ SCHREKER  

(1878 - 1934)

Trained as a violinist and as a composer at the Vienna Conservatory, Franz Schreker belongs to that group of composers whose careers were eclipsed by the events of 1933 in Germany. Schreker enjoyed very considerable success as a composer of opera, in a style that couples the late Romantic with an element of musical collage, presenting scenes where different layers of music are juxtaposed or superimposed, all with a mastery of orchestral colour.

Stage Works

Schreker won early success with Der Geburtstag der Infantin (‘The Birthday of the Infanta’), a ballet based on the story by Oscar Wilde. Der ferne Klang (‘The Distant Sound’), an opera staged first at Frankfurt in 1912, has more of Debussy than Wagner about it, dealing with the mystical pursuit by the artist for the distant sound that he has heard. Der ferne Klang influenced Alban Berg, who made a vocal score of the work. Of other operas, Die Gezeichneten (‘Those Marked by the Seal’) and Der Schatzgräber (‘The Treasure-Hunter’) are particularly effective, if more conventional than Der ferne Klang.

Orchestral Music

Schreker wrote a relatively small amount of purely orchestral music, although orchestral excerpts from his operas are sometimes heard in the concert hall.

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Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
CAPRICCIO 20 PRIZE-WINNING YEARS Capriccio
C14869
Opera
LYRIC ORCHESTRAL SONGS Capriccio
C5101
Vocal
MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 in G Major / SCHREKER: Prelude to a Drama SWR Classic
CD93.046
Orchestral
Marco Polo - The Label of Discovery: Sampler 1 Marco Polo
8.223001
Orchestral
SCHREKER : Overture / Preludes Marco Polo
8.220392
Orchestral
SCHREKER, F.: 5 Gesange / Ein Tanzpiel / Festwalzer und Walzerintermezzo / Schwanensang / Fagea (Gulke) Capriccio
C67063
Choral - Secular, Vocal, Orchestral, Spoken Commentary
SCHREKER, F.: Ferne Klang (Der) [Opera] Capriccio
C60024-2
Opera
SCHREKER, F.: Ferne Klang (Der) [Opera] (Moser, Schnaut, Halem, Nimsgern, Berlin Radio Symphony, G. Albrecht) Capriccio
C5178
Opera
SCHREKER, F.: Orchestral Music (Royal Swedish Orchestra, Renes) BIS
BIS-2212
Orchestral
SCHREKER, F.: Schatzgraber (Der) [Opera] (Protschka, Schnaut, Stamm, Haage, Helm, Hamburg State Philharmonic, G. Albrecht) Capriccio
C5175
Opera
SCHREKER: Der Ferne Klang Marco Polo
8.223270-71
Opera
SCHREKER: Ferne Klang (Der) Naxos
8.660074-75
Opera
SCHREKER: Flammen Marco Polo
8.223422
Opera
SCHREKER: Gezeichneten (Die) Marco Polo
8.223328-30
Opera
SCHREKER: Overtures Naxos
8.555246
Orchestral
SCHREKER: Romantic Suite / Prelude to Memnon Naxos
8.555107
Orchestral
SCHREKER: Vorspiel zur 'Memnon' / Romantic Suite Marco Polo
8.220469
Orchestral
STRASFOGEL, I.: Franz Schreker Book / Scherzo No. 1 / SCHREKER, F.: Kammersymphonie (Lessing) Capriccio
C10873
Orchestral
Vocal Recital: Schwanewilms, Anne - SCHUBERT, F. / SCHREKER, F. / KORNGOLD, E.W. (Schöne Welt…) Capriccio
C5233
Vocal
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