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Swiss composer Richard Flury’s A Florentine Tragedy almost didn’t see the light of day, as he had created it unaware that Zemlinsky had beaten him to it in 1916, and his publishers were claiming the sole rights to the German translation of Oscar Wilde’s unfinished play. They were proved wrong, and Flury’s one-act opera premiered in 1929. Fans of late-Romanticism may find the piece interesting, with its lush orchestration and unbridled emotions. But it lacks a killer punch, that one moment that catches the attention. So this is an opportunity to hear a composer against his more successful peers, such as Zemlinsky, Korngold and Schreker, but perhaps not of wider interest. Paul Mann’s conducting catches the spirit of the piece, and the three soloists are good. Julia Sophie Wagner’s soprano has sheen, though is a bit stretched at the top against the orchestral onslaught – she also offers Flury’s The Death of Sappho on this disc. Long Long’s tenor is a supple and elegant instrument, and Daniel Ochoa a firm baritone.

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