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31 Jan 2006

A Sprite Far From Heaven in a Quest for Redemption

http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/31/arts/music/31bots.html

Katharine Goeldner(Photo: Christian Steiner)
By BERNARD HOLLAND [NY Times, 31 January 2006]

Schumann's reputation as a maximalist has not been helped by the oblivion visited on his only opera, "Genoveva," or on the curious hybrid quality of "Scenes From Goethe's 'Faust,' " a piece unable to decide whether it belongs on the stage or in the concert hall. The quasi-Oriental oratorio "Das Paradies und die Peri," put on by Leon Botstein and the American Symphony Orchestra at Avery Fisher Hall on Sunday, is something else altogether.

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