Judith Weir : Ancora: Blond Eckbert

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Judith Weir : Ancora: Blond Eckbert

Blond Eckbert, Judith Weir's first opera, is based on Ludwig Tieck's folk-like tale of a quiet elderly couple whose secluded life eerily unravels as their fantastical past catches up with them. The music's apparent simplicity, with echoes of Weber's Freischütz - belies its underlying darkness. This disc was originally released on Collins Classics in 1994, and reissued with funding from Arts Council England.

"Judith Weir's hour-long chamber opera is a miniature masterpiece. Based on a German folktale by Ludwig Tieck, it tells the story of a man who discovers his wife is actually his sister. Weir evokes a folk-like setting against the background of the Harz mountains with simple, undulating patterns, endearing in their repetitive naivety. But underneath one senses something unsettling... It's brilliantly done, and most economically."
London Evening Standard 2005

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Track ListingTrack TimeMP3
Act 1: Flying Prelude6'01
Act 1 sc i: Eckbert and Berthe at home5'22
Act 1 sc ii: Walther has arrived5'45
Act 1 sc iii: Berthe's Ballad13'52
Act 1 sc iv: Strohmian!5'12
Act 2 Prelude: Walther's Death6'39
Act 2 sc i: Berthe's last words3'28
Act 2 sc ii: Accusation7'08
Act 2 sc iii: Eckbert, fugitive5'55
Act 2 sc iv: At the end5'31

Composers on this disc

Judith Weir