Annals of British Criticism

“Ye Gods! In all the annals, can there be an opera containing more unmitigated codswallop than Erich Korngold’s Das Wunder der Heliane (‘The Miracle of Heliane’)?” Their Own Rupert Christiansen continues:

Dreadfully overheated and over-loud, the prolix first act has a slavering and maudlin sensuality that gave me the creeps ….

[T]he rapturous sublimity that glows through the last 20 minutes struck me as profoundly bogus and cheap. Why Jurowski and the LPO should wish to waste their talents and time on this tosh beats me ….

I felt slightly sick when it was all over and had to lie down in a darkened room.


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