Personalities | Eugen D’Albert | Late Romantic | Classical

(Oi’-gan Dal’-ber) 1864–1932
German pianist and composer

Born in Glasgow to a ballet composer, at 17 D’Albert moved to Vienna, befriending the great Wagner conductors Richter and Bülow, as well as Brahms and Liszt, with whom he studied. Widely admired as a piano virtuoso (several of his six wives were noted musicians), D’Albert was increasingly drawn to operatic composition. His 22 operas range from comic (Der Rubin) to occult (Der Golem) and introduced into German opera the gutsy realism of the Italian verismo style of Mascagni and Leoncavallo. His best-known opera, Tiefland (‘Lowland’), combines Wagnerian intensity and Puccinian melody in its tale of jealousy, passion and violence.

Recommended Recording:
Tiefland, soloists, Bavarian Radio Chorus & Orchestra (cond) Marek Janowski (Arts Music)

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