OP0571. DER VAMPYR (Marschner), Live Performance, 1974, Munich, w.Fritz Rieger Cond. Bavarian Radio Ensemble; Nikolaus Hillebrand, Arleen Auger, Hans Herbert Fiedler, Donald Grobe, Anna Tomawa-Sintow, John van Kesteren, Jane Marsh, Kurt Bohme, etc. 2-Opera d'Oro OPD 1186. Very long out-of-print, Final Sealed Copy! - 723723410122
“Heinrich Marschner’s 1828 ‘Gothic’ opera DER VAMPYR is set in England, the characters have names such as Lord Ruthven and Sir Humphrey, Edgar Aubry and George Dibdin. The darkly rousing music has a touch of FREISCHÜTZ about it, but also British ballad opera. And the way this gem from the German Romantic period was presented now at the Komische Oper Berlin would have you believe that DER VAMPYR is a close-cousin of Gilbert & Sullivan’s RUDDIGORE (1887). The reason for this G&S association is principally a question of performance style. This is not without charm, and it certainly is entertaining. Perhaps it’s also typical for our times that young stage directors and their team cannot imagine this kind of story-with-music could in any way be taken seriously.”
- Kevin Clarke, Operetta Research Center, 21 March, 2016
“Marschner wrote THE VAMPYR in 1827. It was the first of his operas to win him recognition. The libretto had its beginnings in a book by Polidori’s THE VAMPYR, published eight years earlier. For such a plot to be composed as a romantic opera sounds unusual, but the music is exactly that - melodious and yet fitting."
- Martin Walker, musicweb-international