Personalities | Albert Lortzing | Early Romantic | Classical

(Al’-bârt Lôrt’-zing) 1801–51
German composer

Lortzing’s youthful experience in theatres – acting, singing and conducting – was of immense value to his later vocation as a composer of operas, the largest and most important part of his output. His comic operas are his most characteristic works, portraying a homely, sentimental humour that has proved hugely popular in Germany. The expressive and dramatic range of Lortzing’s works is limited, but his best operas, including Zar und Zimmermann (‘Tsar and Carpenter’, 1837), retain a solid position in the German repertory.

Recommended Recording:
Zar und Zimmermann, Leipzig Radio Chorus, Staatskapelle Dresden (cond) Robert Heger (EMI/Warner)

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