Episodes

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An opera in one act by EGON WELLESZ

Libretto after Euripides by HUGO VON HOFMANNSTHAL (sung in German)

(first broadcast in this country) The years following the first world war were among the most creative of Wellesz's life. His output included five operas based on the principles of baroque opera, of which he had made an intensive study. Alkestis- was produced in 1924. It is a typically stylised setting -choruses, orchestral dance episodes and an elaborate solo vocal line. It begins when Death comes to claim Alkestis. and tells how Herakles rescues her from Hades and restores her to her husband, Admet. Cast in order of singing:

Servants and members of the royal household

CHORUS AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF AUSTRIAN RADIO chorus-master

GOTTFRIED PREINFALK conducted by MILTIADES CARIDIS The action takes place outside the royal palace at Pherae in legendary times.

(Recording made available by courtesy of Austrian Radio)

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Unknown: Hugo von Hofmannsthal

Conducted By: Miltiades Caridis