Caroline Cartens, Marieke Steenhoek, Radio Philharmonisch Orkest
CD | Etcetera | 8711801014432 | KTC 1443 | 01-13
The opera is based on the (in)famous 19th century comic book “Histoire de M. Vieux Bois” which are known in English as “The adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck” and in Dutch: ‘Reizen en avonturen van Mijnheer Prikkebeen’ written and drawn by the Swiss author Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846). He intertwined comic stories about a lepidopterist (a man that catches and studies butterflies) with stories that are very serious, tragical and at times mystical.
The Amsterdam version of Legende
The original version of Legende was created as three acts, each approximately 55 minutes long, with two intervals. This reflected its original design as three short acts, an atto buffo, an atto drammatico and an atto mistico successively, these being linked by a continuing story.
The version of the opera produced by De Nederlandse Opera in Amsterdam and recorded here differs from the original in that substantial cuts where made. Act 1 is almost complete, lacking only a short aria for Ursula and Pontus.
Peter-Jan Wagemans (1952) occupies a unique place amongst Dutch composers. Despite the fact that he was born and educated in The Hague, his music has little in common with the ‘Haagse School’ and its minimalist roots, even though repetition does play a role in his opera Legende. Although he is a product of the modernist school of the 1950s and 1960s, he nonetheless sets himself apart from the purist and emotionally detached serial aesthetic, statinFg that he composes his music for a public that can also appreciate Mahler’s music. His purpose is to tell stories and, in so doing, to make use of music’s communicative powers.
Moderne Oper nach einer satirischen Geschichte aus dem 19. Jahrhundert
Der Schweizer Zeichner und Novellist Rodolphe Töpffer (1799-1846) wurde mit seinen komischen, teilweise skurrilen Bildergeschichten berühmt in seiner Zeit. Selbst Johann Wolfgang von Goethe war über seinen "Dr. Festus" höchst amüsiert. Töpffers satirische Geschichte eines Wissenschaftlers bildet die Grundlage zur Oper "Legende" von Peter-Jan Wagemans (1952). Er nutzt in seiner Komposition die kommunikative Kraft der Musik - und verarbeitet sowohl dramatische als auch komische und mystische Opernstile in den einzelnen Akten .