I was curios about this 'vertonung', Attwood's book, upon which this is based, struck me greatly. Ruder's music is theatrical, very atmospheric and maintains a constant energy. The orchestration seems always appropriate to the moment, no abstract flights into overdone odd instrumentations. Schönwandt's conducting is springy and brimming with brio and color. Of the singers, Rörholm is very poignant and refined, Elming, who is usually more at home in Wagner, is not melting enough but has an earnest intensity which I admire. Haugland as the commander is a celebrious imposing voice.Yet on the whole, the experience of this opera is somehow baffling. I did not learn anything new, and the treatment of this is not stronger than the book, which remains a masterpiece. I am not sure if the opera is one, but it certainly is worth a hearing, and I wish I could have seen it live.