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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.
Originally released on Collins Classics in 1994.
"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
Originial recording from the film BLOND ECKBERT
Produced by MJW Productions for Channel 4
Enfineer: Mike Hatch
Producer: Stephen Johns
Remastering: David Lefeber
Cover image: Francois Hall
(P) 1994 Channel 4 Television Corporation