I am in need of your help. I discovered an awesome used book store a few blocks from me--where I recently purchased scores for Hindemith's Cardillac and Mathis der Maler for 2.50 Euro each (and the complete Brecht plays for 5 Euro). They apparently have no idea they are sitting on a treasure trove of scores, which were tucked away behind the counter. Here's the thing, though. I'm moving back to New York (and then down south) in a month and don't have the suitcase space to take back too much stuff. So I made a list of all their interesting big scores--things that I probably couldn't find in the U.S. for cheap--and need to decide among them. If you were to pick 2-4 of these, which would you go for? I'm seeking A) good music B) things that aren't easy to find the States.
Most of these are operas, a couple are oratorios or weird other things.
Smetana, Prodana Nevesta (The Bartered Bride)
Prokofiev, The Duenna
Delius, Messe des Lebens (Mass of Life)
Hans Stieber, Till Eulenspiegel
Otto Nicolai, Die lustige Weiber on Windsdor
Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet
Weismann, Die pffifge magd
Gottfried von Einem, Dantons Tod
Franz Schreker, Der Schatzgräber
Jörg Widmann, Gesicht im Spiegel (really random; only a score of the third scene)
Pfitzner, Von Deutsche Seele cantata
Pfitzner, Das Christ-Elflein (with its most hilarious plot)
Joseph Haas, Die heilige Elisabeth oratorio
Pfitzner, Der arme Heinrich
Felix Weingartner, Dame Kobold (didn’t even know Weingartner was a composer?)
Hans-Heinrich Dransman, Munchhausens letzte Luge (I have no idea what this is)
Siegfried (yes, Siegfried) Wagner, Der Bärenhäuter
Violeta Dinescu, Hunger und Durst (looks potentially interesting?)
Smetana, The Secret
Smetana, Der Kuβ
Carl Maria von Weber, Silvana
Dvorak, Geisterbraut and Rusalka
Flotow, Martha (of Joyce fame)
There were a few other less obscure things--Wagner and Verdi operas, Bach passions--which shouldn't be hard to come by in the U.S.
Right now I'm leaning towards the Pfitzner stuff and the Schreker.
Anyway, comment if you have suggestions or tweet at @seatedovation
Here's the overture to Christ-Elflein, which is actually quite pretty. Met Christmas revival?