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Maskarade Super Audio CD - DSD

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  • Performer: Ib Hansen, Gurli Plesner, Tonny Landy, Mogens Schmidt Johansen
  • Orchestra: Danish National Symphony Orchestra
  • Conductor: John Frandsen
  • Composer: Carl Nielsen
  • Audio CD (February 22, 2005)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Super Audio CD - DSD
  • Label: Dacapo Classical
  • ASIN: B00076SHN4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,349 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Overture
2. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Aa ja, aa ja, ja, ja
3. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Se her, Folie d'Espagne
4. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Hvad er her for Kommers?
5. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Fordum var der Fred paa Gaden
6. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Hr. Leonard, Herrens tilkommende Svoger
7. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. I dette Land, hvor Solskin er saa kummerligt beskaaret
8. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 1. Der staar Hr. Leonard!
9. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Prelude
10. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Nu skrider Dagen under
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Disc: 2
1. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Men Herre, se som Venus steg af Havet
2. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Luk op! Luk op!
3. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Porten er aaben!
4. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 2. Se saa! Se saa! Nu er jeg ret bered
5. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 3. Gaa af Vejen! Gaa af Vejen!
6. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 3. Studenter! Studenter! Studenter!
7. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 3. Ulignelige Pige, mens disse Blomster drysse
8. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 3. The Dance of the Cockerels
9. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 3. Ydmygste Tjener, Madam
10. Maskarade (Masquerade), opera, FS 39: Act 3. Hvis ej Jer Mine lyver slemt
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
There have been two modern recordings of Nielsen's comic opera, 'Maskarade' ('Masquerade'): this one from 1977 conducted by John Frandsen and reissued in SACD, and one recorded in the 1990s with Ulf Schirmer at the helm; I have not heard the latter. This opera deserves to be much better known but is hampered, I suspect, because of having a libretto in Danish, a little-known language. There have been a few English-language performances, but they are rare.

The plot of 'Maskarade' is fairly simple. Jeronimus (bass) has arranged a marriage between his son Leander (tenor) and his friend Leonard's daughter, Leonora (soprano). But each of them has fallen in love with someone they met the night before at a nightly masked ball. You know how it will turn out--when the unmasking occurs the next night the young lovers are delighted to find out that they have actually fallen in love with the person intended for them by their respective fathers. A sub-plot involving their servants mirrors the love story between the principals. There are, of course, parallels with 'Marriage of Figaro' and even with 'The Fantasticks.' This is, after all, a commedia dell'arte plot. It is taken from a play by Denmark's revered Ludvig Holberg, known to non-Danes from Grieg's 'Holberg Suite.'

The music of 'Maskarade' is uncharacteristically light and even frivolous compared with Nielsen's serious music. Yet his musical fingerprints are much in evidence -- slow woodwind tremolos, saucy brass interjections, characteristic Nielsenian harmonies and all. One only needs to hear a few measures to recognize whose music it is.
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