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Ulf Schirmer: Albert Lortzing – Zum Groß-Admiral (FLAC)

Ulf Schirmer: Albert Lortzing - Zum Groß-Admiral (FLAC)

Ulf Schirmer: Albert Lortzing – Zum Groß-Admiral (FLAC)

Composer: Albert Lortzing
Performer: Anett Fritsch, Julia Sophie Wagner, Matthias Ettmayr, Bernhard Berchtold, Jonathan Michie, Martin Blasius, Lavinia Dames, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks
Orchestra: Munich Radio Orchestra
Conductor: Ulf Schirmer
Number of Discs: 2
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: CPO
Catalogue: 5551332
Release: 2022
Size: 699 MB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Zum Groß-Admiral
CD 01
Act 1
01. Overture
02. Lasset Jubel laut ertönen
03. O William!
04. Des Landes Stolz
05. Ich fürchte, ich habe
06. Ein Engel ist an Geist und Zügen
07. Zum Groß-Admiral?
08. Der Hörner ruf verhallet
09. Ah, Graf Rochester
10. Auch Ich, will Sie sehen

Act 2
11. Wirt, lasset uns die Gläser füllen
12. Grtuliere
13. Was glänzt im Sonnenstrahle
14. Ein schmuckes Lied

CD 02
Act 2
01. Endlich wird es hier ruhig
02. Seh’ Ich ein Auge auf mich
03. Ah, ihr seid es
04. Am murmelnden Bach
05. Ah, Guido ist da
06. Ha, welch allerliebste Kleine
07. Potz Steuer und Kompass!
08. Das ist doch sonderbar

Act 3
09. Von allen Seiten tönet lauter Jubel
10. Herr Graf!
11. Fern vom Treiben
12. Oh, welch prächtige Zimmer
13. Ach!
14. Potz Schott und Wanten!
15. Ich fühl’s, mein unbeständig’ Leben
16. Er naht!

Ulf Schirmer recorded Albert Lortzing’s Regina in 2011, and now yet another discovery from this composer’s opera oeuvre of a good dozen works is ready for release: the comic opera Zum Groß-Admiral. Today Lortzing’s name continues to appear in the opera performance repertoire mostly only in association with Zar und Zimmermann or Der Wildschütz, but during his lifetime he was known far and wide not only as a composer but also as a librettist, actor, singer, and conductor.


It was Lortzing himself who wrote the libretto for Zum Groß-Admiral, his tenth full-length opera. Composed in Vienna in 1847 and premiered in Leipzig during the same year, this work, like Regina, was born of the spirit of revolution – and completely vanished from performance programs after the revolts of 1848-49. Lortzing, an ardent admirer of Mozart, paid homage to him with the full-length work Szenen aus Mozarts Leben in 1832, and his veneration for this Viennese classical composer is frequently in audible evidence in his music. Already the overture to Zum Groß-Admiral sparkles with lightness and performance joy, and the ensemble scenes as well as the solos and choral scenes continue in the tradition of the mirthful virtuosity of the corresponding scenes in Mozart’s operas while representing supreme challenges for the soloists and the chorus.

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