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CHAN 3130
(multiple CD Set)

Berg: Lulu

The Classical Shop
release date: February 2006

Originally recorded in 2005


English National Opera Orchestra

Paul Daniel

Robert Poulton

baritone - Animal Tamer/Acrobat

Robert Hayward

baritone - Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper

Toby Stafford-Allen

baritone - Journalist

Roger Begley

bass - Police Commissioner

Graham Danby

bass - Professor of Medicine/Theatre Manager/Banker

Gwynne Howell

bass - Schigolch

Paul Napier-Burrows

bass - Servant

Susan Parry

mezzo-soprano - Countess Geschwitz

Anna Burford

mezzo-soprano - Dresser/Schoolboy/Waiter

Jane Powell

mezzo-soprano - Mother

Moira Harris

soprano - Designer

Claire Mitcher

soprano - Fifteen-year-old Girl

Lisa Saffer

soprano - Lulu

Alan Oke

tenor - African Prince/Manservant/Marquis

John Graham-Hall

tenor - Alwa

Stuart Kale

tenor - Painter/Second Client


Blackheath Halls, London


Brian Couzens


Ralph Couzens

Michael Common


Record Label
Opera In English


Vocal & Song

Opera in English

Total Time - 164:27
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  Opera in three acts  
  Libretto by Alban Berg, after Erdgeist and Büchse der Pandora by Frank Wedekind, English version by Richard Stokes  
  Act III realised by Friedrich Cerha  
1 'Roll up, roll up for the menagerie' 4:20
  Animal tamer  
  Act I  
  Scene One  
2 'Am I trespassing?' 2:01
  Alwa, Dr Schön, Lulu  
3 'Gnädige Frau. . . Frau Medizinalrat. . .' 1:38
  Painter, Lulu  
4 'You are far too slow to capture me' 0:51
  Lulu, Painter  
5 'What's happening?' 0:46
  Painter, Lulu  
6 'Open the door!' 0:56
  Professor of Medicine, Lulu, Painter  
7 'Just wait, he'll jump right up. . .' 1:31
8 'Can't you help him recover his senses?' 2:12
  Painter, Lulu  
9 'You make me jealous, you lucky bastard!' 1:44
10 'Please help me do this up' 1:44
  Scene Two  
11 'Eva!' - 'What is it?' 1:10
12 'Eva!' - 'What is it?' 1:53
  Painter, Lulu  
13 'He's not quite what I imagined him to be' 4:16
  Schigolch, Lulu, Dr Schön  
14 'If you and I married' 6:26
  Dr Schön, Lulu, Painter  
15 'So?' - 'Your marriage has made you at least a million marks. . .' 5:03
  Painter, Dr Schön, Lulu  
16 'Don't talk so loud' 3:26
  Dr Schön, Alwa, Lulu  
17 Verwandlung [Transformation] 3:27
  Scene Three  
18 'I've never in my life known an audience so excited' 2:16
  Alwa, Lulu  
19 'More for me, please' 1:31
  Lulu, Alwa  
20 'That girl and her lovers' 1:12
21 'I met her first at Dr Schön's' 1:33
  African Prince, Alwa  
22 'She's had a sort of fainting fit' 0:33
  Dresser, Alwa, Theatre Manager, Prince, Lulu  
23 'What's wrong with her?' 1:09
  Dr Schön, Alwa, Lulu, Dresser, Theatre Manager, Prince  
24 'How dare you attempt to ruin my well-laid plans?' 5:01
  Dr Schön, Lulu  
25 'Take this pen and paper' 2:59
  Lulu, Dr Schön  
  Act II  
  Scene One  
26 'Delighted that you will be there this evening' 3:17
  Countess Geschwitz, Dr Schön, Lulu  
27 'Why not stay here?' 1:58
  Lulu, Dr Schön  
28 'Thank the Lord, that at last we're. . .' 2:22
  Schigolch, Acrobat, Schoolboy, Lulu  
29 'You know it's she he really wanted to marry' 0:45
  Acrobat, Schigolch, Schoolboy, Lulu  
30 'I hope you locked the windows' 1:39
  Schigolch, Lulu, Acrobat, Manservant, Schoolboy  
31 'The matinée will be lit by ultra-violet light' 3:15
  Alwa, Lulu, Manservant  
32 'Is he ill?' 2:55
  Alwa, Lulu, Manservant, Dr Schön  
33 'His father!' 0:57
  Lulu, Dr Schön, Alwa, Acrobat  
34 'And where did he go?' 2:55
  Dr Schön. Lulu, Countess Geschwitz  
35 'Even though men have killed themselves because of who I am' 2:27
36 'Kneel down, murderous bitch!' 2:42
  Dr Schön, Schoolboy, Lulu, Alwa  
37 'You can't deliver me up for trial!' 1:05
  Lulu, Alwa, Countess Geschwitz, Schoolboy  
38 Film Music 2:58
  Scene Two  
39 'We're like the players waiting for a bandleader' 4:30
  Acrobat, Countess Geschwitz, Alwa, Schigolch  
40 'This way is shorter' 6:09
  Alwa, Acrobat, Schoolboy  
41 'Hey, little Lulu, it's time we scarpered over the border' 4:14
  Schigolch, Acrobat, Lulu, Alwa  
42 'You're still as ravishing and youthful as in your portrait' 3:45
43 'Beneath this dress I feel your form in harmony' 3:55
  Alwa, Lulu  
  Act III  
  Scene One  
44 'Gentleman and Ladies!' 2:42
  Acrobat, Banker, Journalist, Marquis, Alwa, Lulu, Waiter, Servant, Designer, Mother, Fifteen-year-old Girl, Countess Geschwitz, Alwa  
45 'Get to the point and say how much you want from me' 0:51
  Lulu, Marquis  
46 'Of the countless nubile, fun-loving lasses' 2:09
47 'The magistrate will reward anyone who finds the murderess' 3:06
  Marquis, Lulu  
48 'It's good! It's looking good!' 1:35
  Alwa, Journalist, Banker, Designer, Mother, Lulu, Fifteen-year-old Girl, Acrobat, Marquis, Waiter, Servant, Countess Geschwitz  
49 'May I intrude?' 2:18
  Acrobat, Lulu  
50 'Message for the Bank Director' 0:59
  Waiter, Banker, Lulu  
51 'I need some money, in ready cash' 3:28
  Schigolch, Lulu  
52 'You could at least treat me with respect!' 2:38
  Acrobat, Marquis, Lulu  
53 'Martha!' 2:21
  Lulu, Countess Geschwitz, Acrobat, Waiter  
54 'I have lost all my money' 2:09
  Journalist, Banker, Mother, Designer, Alwa, Fifteen-year-old Girl  
55 'What the hell is this?' 3:32
  Alwa, Lulu, Waiter, Police Commissioner, Marquis  
  Scene Two  
56 'The rain's beating a tattoo' 4:34
  Schigolch, Alwa, Lulu  
57 'If this is not the ideal moment' 5:52
  Countess Geschwitz, Schigolch, Lulu, Alwa  
58 'Come along in, my love! Come!' 3:30
  Lulu, Second Client, Schigolch  
59 'Doctor Alwa's gone off to sleep' 2:40
  Schigolch, Countess Geschwitz  
60 'Who is that?' 4:59
  Jack the Ripper, Lulu  
61 'These are the last few moments' 3:38
  Countess Geschwitz, Lulu, Jack the Ripper  
 Lisa Saffer soprano - Lulu
 Susan Parry mezzo-soprano - Countess Geschwitz
 Anna Burford mezzo-soprano - Dresser/Schoolboy/Waiter
 Graham Danby bass - Professor of Medicine/Theatre Manager/Banker
 Stuart Kale tenor - Painter/Second Client
 Robert Hayward baritone - Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper
 John Graham-Hall tenor - Alwa
 Gwynne Howell bass - Schigolch
 Robert Poulton baritone - Animal Tamer/Acrobat
 Alan Oke tenor - African Prince/Manservant/Marquis
 Roger Begley bass - Police Commissioner
 Claire Mitcher soprano - Fifteen-year-old Girl
 Paul Napier-Burrows bass - Servant
 Jane Powell mezzo-soprano - Mother
 Moira Harris soprano - Designer
 Toby Stafford-Allen baritone - Journalist
 Paul Daniel
  14-19 & 22 May 2005  
This is the premiere recording of Berg’s striking opera Lulu sung in English.

It is conducted by one of the UK’s finest conductors, Paul Daniel, and based on the 2002 production of the ENO, which was revived in 2005 for his final season at the Coliseum.

It stars Lisa Saffer as Lulu, who received glowing reviews in both productions, Susan Parry as Countess Geschwitz, Gwynne Howell as Schigolch. This recording thrillingly captures the emotion of the ENO production.

3-CD set for the price of 2 mid-price discs. .

Full text included

Berg was brought up in the extraordinary atmosphere that existed in Vienna at the turn of the twentieth century and created two very personal operas which reflected his experiences of the city: Wozzeck and Lulu. Both operas use forward-looking texts written by authors who were themselves eccentric individuals. In the case of Lulu, the text was written by Wedekind. Berg’s Lulu is a more complex and less paranoiac representation of that fin de siècle archetype, the femme fatale. The character Lulu is an amoral representation of the pleasure principle: she is the embodiment of pure desire rather than of immoral transgression.

Berg’s score, much easier on the ear than that he composed for Wozzeck, is full of beauties-notably in the Interludes. In fact, Lulu reveals a strong affinity with the more refulgent sound worlds of Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler, and performed by the English National Opera Orchestra with lush and full-bodied tone, it represents the opulence of a Strauss tone poem.

Having missed the acclaimed ENO production of Lulu, I’m very keen to hear the recording. From the reviews I know I’ll find it enthralling.
Duncan Druce Gramophone 2006 Critic’s Choice

I would like to give English National Opera’s Production of Lulu to anyone who can’t imagine Berg being fun.
Peter Quantrill Gramophone 2006 Critic’s Choice

Soprano Lisa Saffer said recently that Berg’s opera Lulu isn’t exactly the kind of thing you put on to entertain your neighbours when they come round. But her performance of the title role in this recording is so tremendous, so beautifully sung and full of vivid details that I think your neighbours should consider them lucky if they heard it.
Classic FM Magazine

Lulu would seem an excellent candidate for the opera in English project by the English National Opera and the Peter Moores Foundation. For listeners who don’t understand German, the complicated, often mysterious goings-on in the work with its many characters are serious obstacles to understanding the plot, let alone the motives of the protagonists. And without that there is little point in listening to this opera. So Chandos deserves plaudits for this complete English version.
American Record Guide

Earth-spirit like Lulu’s rise and fall made a fantasical spectacle in Richard Jones’s English National Opera production, which should have been a prime candidate for DVD. Chandos’s Opera in English series gives us quite a different experience, but still one that validates the fluent delivery made possible by Jones’s idiosyncratic springboard. Throughout, the conversation-pieces, ironic exchanges and occasional splashes of coarse humour rendered by Richard Stokes’s painstaking translation are delivered with verve, meshing confidently with the finely-balanced orchestral web of sound.
BBC Music Magazine

Lulu in the raw – WNO provide ‘a Rosenkavalier with no underwear’

This studio recording, sung in Richard Stokes’s translation, was produced in May 2005 in conjunction with the first revival of Richard Jones’s ENO production, and it stands up remarkably well. Paul Daniels makes sure Berg’s complex vocal and orchestral textures are presented in a natural way, so that every word is distinct. And having a cast who have grown into their roles on stage is a wonderful bonus.
The Guardian

Paul Daniel allows the score’s delicate detail to emerge without over-emphasis and he captures the Mahlerian overtones.
Sunday Telegraph

The American soprano treats Berg’s extreme vocal acrobatics with the nonchalance of someone sipping milk; technically, hers is a remarkable performance… The recording’s chief beneficiaries are Paul Daniel and the ENO orchestra. The playing has acid clarity and force, with the orchestration’s sleazy quality well to the fore
The Times

Daniel achieves admirable results…
BBC Music Magazine

“Lisa Saffer makes an ideal Lulu, dramatically compelling to watch, and with a voice to equal the sustained high note writing which Berg gives his protagonist… John Graham-Hall’s Alwa is splendid. Robert Haywood an excellent Dr Schön…”
Peter Grahame Woolf

“Paul Daniel’s sensitive conducting allows the singers to be heard clearly but wallows unashamedly in the lush lyricism of the orchestral interludes between scenes.”
David Rafaello

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