Personalities | Heinrich Marschner | Early Romantic | Classical
(Hin’-rikh Marsh’-ner) 1795–1861
Marschner was the most important composer of German operas during the period between Weber and Wagner. Marschner grew up in Zittau and in 1815 met Beethoven in Vienna. In 1821 he moved to Dresden before settling in Hanover in 1830 as the conductor of the Hoftheater, where many of his operas were first performed. Marschner believed in a national German opera that was free of foreign influences, although his works draw on folk elements only when appropriate to the narrative. He was concerned primarily with the dramatic interaction of characters, exemplified in the opera Der Vampyr (1828), and his psychological approach reaches its height with his best-known opera, Hans Heiling (1831–32).
Hans Heiling, soloists, Slovak Philharmonic (cond) Ewald Körner (Marco Polo)
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