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Keiser - Croesus / Röschmann, Trekel, Güra, Häger, Pushee, Jacobs [Box set, Import]

Reinhard Keiser , René Jacobs , Dorothea Röschmann , Werner Güra , Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin , RIAS-Kammerchor , Klaus Häger Roman Trekel , Markus Schäfer, Salomé Haller Johannes Mannov , Graham Pushee, Brigitte Eisenfeld, Kurt Azesberger Kwangchul Youn Audio CD
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Disc 1:

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listen  1. Croesus: Sinfonia avanti l'opera Croesus 4:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 1, "Croesus herrsche, Croesus lebe" (Coro) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 1, "Ihr edlen Lydier, getreue Untertanen" (Croesus) 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 1, "Prang die allerschönste Blume" (Croesus) 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 2, "Hoffe noch, gekränktes Herz!" (Elmira) 5:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 2, "Du weißt, wie Cyrus' Macht" (Elmira) 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 2, "Empfinden gleiche Schmerzen" (Elmira) 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 3, "Lieben, Leiden, Bitten, Flehen" (Orsanes) 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 3, "Prinz Atis, wie dir ist bewußt" (Elmira) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 4, "Wahre Treu kann nicht auf Erden" (Halimacus) 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 5, "Er erweckt in meinem Herzen" (Elmira) 2:22$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 6, "Verliebter Prinz, obgleich dein Mund nicht spricht" (Elmira) 2:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 6, "Was zeigt das Prinz, geliebter Knabe?" (Elmira)0:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 6, "Durch der Haare güldne Stricke" (Nerillus) 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 7, "Der König will euch gerne sprechen" (Elcius) 2:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 8, "Ich sä' auf wilde Wellen" (Eliates, Orsanes)0:53$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 9, "Blindes Feu'r, das mich verzehret" (Clerida) 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Croesus: ACT I, Scena 10, "Traure nicht, traure nicht" (Elmira) 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Croesus: ACT I, Scena 10, "Orsanes, mußt du denn dem stummen Atis weichen?" (Orsanes)0:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Croesus: ACT I, Scena 11, "Hört, wie die Eulen" (Elcius) 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Croesus: ACT I, Scena 12, "Darf Cyrus dann den Frieden brechen?" (Croesus) 2:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Croesus: ACT I, Scena 14, "Muß ich in meinem Herzen" (Orsanes) 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Croesus: ACT I, Scena 14, "Liebe, treibst du denn nur Spiel" (Clerida) 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 15, "Seht, wie elementschen Affen" (Elcius) 1:36$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 15, Ballett von Harlekinen 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 16, "Laß ich meine siegenden Waffen nur sehen" (Cyrus) 1:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 16, "Ihr Helden, folget dann" (Cyrus) 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 16, Ballett von persischen Soldaten 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 17, "Der Perser Schwert und Pfeile" (Croesus) 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 18, "So jauchzet mein fröhlicher Mut!" (Cyrus) 2:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Croesus: ACT I, Scene 18, "Hier ist die reichste Beute" (Hauptmann) 1:23$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 1, Ritornello 1:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 1, "Kleine Vöglein, die ihr springet" (Bäuerin, Bauer) 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 2, "Orsanes treulos?" (Atis) 2:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 3, "Seht, wie Herr Elcius ist ein Politicus" (Elcius) 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 3, Ballett von Bauern und Bauernkindern0:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 4, "Freundliche Liebe, wie freust du mein Herz!" (Elmira) 2:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 5, "Kann meine Treu Orsanen nicht bewegen?" (Clerida) 3:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 5, "Ihr stummen Fische seid dem gleich" (Elmira) 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 5, "Du stellest dich, als hörest du nicht" (Orsanes)0:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 5, "Soll dann so großer Hohn" (Clerida) 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 6, "Sobald ich werd' erhöht zu dieser Würde" (Eliates)0:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 6, "Die Regierungslast zu tragen" (Eliates) 1:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 7, "Wir sind verlor'n!" (Halimacus) 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 8, "Holdseligste Elmir" (Halimacus)0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 8, "Liebe, sag', was fängst du an?" (Elmira) 4:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 9, "Hier bring ich Atis' Ebenbild" (Halimacus) 3:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 9, "Alle Freude leicht verstiebet" (Atis) 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 10, "Was seh ich!" (Orsanes) 2:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 11, "Ich lieb' und bin geliebet" (Elmira) 3:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 11, "Prinzessin, darf ein Sklav'" (Atis) 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 11, "Ist niemand bewußt" (Atis) 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 11, "Wie! Darfst du nochmals solche Reden wagen?" (Elmira)0:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 11, "Mir gefällt in seinem Munde" (Elmira) 3:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 12, "Hör' dann, dies ist der Dienst" (Orsanes) 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 13, "Brill, Brill, Feder und Tinte" (Elcius) 1:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 14, "Niemand kann aus diesen Ketten" (Croesus) 2:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 14, "Knie nieder, und wirf dich zur Erden" (Cyrus) 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 14, "Ihr tapfern Soldaten, frohlocket nun wieder" (Cyrus) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Croesus: ACT II, Scene 14, Entrée, Passepied der Feuerwerker0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 


Disc 3:

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listen  1. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 1, "Die Flamme steigt" (Orsanes) 1:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 1, "Find' ich Orsan so früh in Atis' Vorgemach" (Eliates) 1:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 2, "Ermin, wie ist es abgegangen?" (Orsanes)0:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 3, "Der Himmel sei gepreist" (Elmira) 3:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 3, "Schönstes Kind, du irrest dich" (Orsanes) 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 4, "Der Abgesandte bringt vom Feinde nichts als Höhnen" (Eliates)0:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 4, "Waffnet, was kann Waffen tragen" (Eliates) 1:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 5, "Elmir! wo bleibest du?" (Atis) 4:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 5, "Prinzessin!" (Atis) 1:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 5, "Mich vergnüget dieses Höhnen" (Atis) 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 6, "Unsinniger, find ich dier hier?" (Orsanes) 1:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 6, "Mich Unglückseligen! ihr Himmel" (Orsanes) 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 7, "Soll des Goldes Glanz recht glimmen" (Atis) 2:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 7, "Prinzessin" (Atis) 1:32$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 7, "Sollte der mich herzlich lieben" (Elmira) 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 8, "Zarte Jungfern, dies allein" (Trigesta) 1:48$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 8, "Hier, wey je nich dat neye Lied" (Elcius) 2:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 8, "Schmink', ein Kleinod dieser Zeit" (Elcius) 1:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 9, "Nein, nein, nun will ich nicht mehr lieben" (Elmira, Clerida) 1:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 10, "Prinz, weißt du, daß Ermin mit mir von Liebe spricht?" (Elmira) 2:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen21. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 10, "Dieses Schmähen, das ich leide" (Atis) 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 12, "Götter, übt Barmherzigkeit!" (Croesus) 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 13, "Fort, führt ihn auf den Scheiterhaufen!" (Cyrus) 1:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 13, "Umsonst, macht neues Feuer" (Cyrus) 3:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 13, "Solon, weiser Solon, ach!" (Croesus) 3:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 13, "Welch eine Gottheit ruft er an?" (Cyrus) 6:35$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Croesus: ACT III, Scene 13, "Glückliche Stunden, erfreulicher Tag" (Coro und Elmira) 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 



Product Details

  • Performer: Reinhard Keiser, René Jacobs, Dorothea Röschmann, Werner Güra, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, et al.
  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Fr.
  • ASIN: B00004ZD64
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,554 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Amazon.com

Is another baroque opera--in this case by composer Reinhard Keiser (1674-1739)--really worth hearing in its entirety? After a completely conventional overture, the opening scene pits the legendarily rich king of Lydia, the titular Croesus (who incidentally lived in the fifth century B.C.), against the Athenian philosopher and lawgiver Solon. On account of his immeasurable wealth, the complacent Croesus believes himself to be completely secure and unassailable; Solon mocks his riches and points out how ephemeral all earthly goods are. This exchange of words via recitative is perfectly built up--both as a composition and as performed here. From his very first notes, Roman Trekel's Croesus carries conviction, while Kwangchul Youn (a role originally intended for tenor but justifiably and effectively transcribed by conductor René Jacobs for bass) is no less impressive.

From the opening scene, your attention immediately perks up. And the opera's ability to astonish has only just begun: the audacity of Croesus and his inevitable defeat by the Persians form only the framework around the plot. What ensues is a tragicomic chain of love affairs (not to worry: the compendious booklet includes an essay by Jacobs with an elegant little flow chart that instantly clarifies everything!), in the center of which stand Croesus's initially mute son Atis--who suddenly learns to speak during the war--and the Princess Elmira. The brilliant appearance and impression that Atis (sung by Werner Güra) makes are mirrored in Elmira's ecstatically raving arias, which are full of character and technically flawless in Dorothea Röschmann's delivery. You immediately believe you can even hear Atis's answers in the pauses that are interspersed throughout Elmira's song.

Such masterful musical accomplishments come in spades in this decidedly enjoyable and interesting work, which by the way also illuminates a bit of German opera history between 1678 and 1738 in Hamburg. This was the period when a form mixing serious and comic elements emerged as an effective, original counterpart to the Italian genre of opera seria. René Jacobs and his excellent ensemble--among the singers there's hardly a weak link--bring the baroque sense of beauty to life with stupendous vocal and instrumental brilliance.

--Michael Wersin

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond five stars!!! April 10, 2001
Format:Audio CD
An absolute first rate production of a first rate baroque opera unveiled from obscurity after almost three centuries. A must buy for all discriminating lovers and scholars of musical drama. Rene Jacobs' masterful shaping of the period instrument orchestra is perfect from the very first note of the overture to the final chorus. The powerfully poetic libretto is treated by the great master composer from the Hamburg opera era of the early 18th Century, Reinhard Keiser. The singing by a brilliant cast could not be better. I have seen this history-making production live in Berlin, and the spacious sets and visceral period stage effects combined with all of the above helped to place a permanent milestone in my memory. You will never regret this purchase!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little-known but absolutely superb Baroque opera August 30, 2004
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I am in total agreement with reviewer Holmes' review. It is a pity that following Keiser's death in 1739 almost all of his work was lost. I purchased this work because I had read somewhere that Keiser was Handel's teacher, and this work was produced by Rene Jacobs. Therefore I knew it would be a hit. This is superb music sung by absolutely great singers including one of my very favorites, Dorothea Roschmann. Anyone who is a lover of Baroque opera should have this work in his or her collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A incredible recording. Simply fantastic! September 12, 2006
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From time to time, René Jacobs seems to outdo himself and he brings a work so vividly to life that the result is simply awesome. He did it with Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria, Telemann's Orpheus, Cavalli's La Calisto and Giasone, Handel's Flavio and Rinaldo and Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro. Of course, many will be only too aware of the fact that René Jacobs is an inveterate fiddler and meddler with scores and, yes, there has been some invasion of Keiser's score here. However, the results are so impressive that these "muck abouts" are hardly worth commenting upon.

The cast of this recording is first class: Dorothea Röschmann, Werner Güra and Roman Trekel shine in particular, but all the cast is strong. Nice to see the famous Australian countertenor, Graham Pushee, in the cast, too. The RIAS-Kammerchor and the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin make great noises. The period instrument orchestra is radiant throughout this recording. Keiser was a first class composer and I only hope more conductors are tempted to record his music in future. I can understand why Handel plundered and plagiarised Reinhard Keiser's music so often and so shamelessly.

This is a perfect recording of a Baroque opera. If you have any interest in Baroque opera at all, please consider this marvellous recording.

Just one word about the cover. We see a beautiful colour photograph from the stage production of this work. The whole package is excellent, apart from HARMONIA MUNDI's pointless "blurb" (a quote from a review) on the back cover, and this is how music like this should be presented.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Baroque Opera to Purchase May 5, 2006
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This is my first exposure to the music of Reinhard Keiser and I am impressed. I love Baroque opera, Handel and Vivaldi in particular, and if you do too you owe it to yourself to purchase this very reasonably priced example of exquisite and heartfelt music. Though the arias tend to be brief the music is so infectious that you hardly care. Since most operas are in Italian it's also nice to hear the German language sung as a welcome change of pace. And the singing is top-notch. The conductor Rene Jacobs seems to turn everything he touches into gold and this opera is no exception. If you're a fan of Baroque vocal music purchase this set of three CDs NOW!
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