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Flury: Der Schlimm-Heilige Vitalis, Opera In Five Acts

Flury: Der Schlimm-Heilige Vitalis, Opera In Five Acts

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Der schlimm-heilige Vitalis (which can be translated roughly as ‘Lustful Brother Vitalis‘) was the last of the four operas by the Swiss composer Richard Flury (1896–1967). It was premiered in 1963, the year after its completion and then remained unheard until this recording. The plot, based on a novella by Flury’s fellow Swiss, Gottfried Keller, sets jolly village life against religious intolerance and sexual politics in an unsettling blend of the sentimental and the cynical – although love, of course, triumphs in the end. Flury’s late-Romantic music redeems the libretto with a steady flow of memorable melodies, engaging solo and choral numbers, and colorful orchestration – and with a sense of fun never far from the surface.
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  • Release Specifications

    • Number of Discs: 2
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    • Label: Toccata Classics
    • UPC/Barcode: 5060113446329
    • Item Number: TOCC0632