Thomas Hampson

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Thomas Hampson

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Puccini: Tosca

Puccini: Tosca


Emily Magee (Tosca), Jonas Kaufmann (Cavaradossi), Thomas Hampson (Scarpia), Valeriy Murga (Angelotti), Giuseppe Scorsin (Sagristano)

Chorus and Orchestra of the Opernhaus Zürich, Paolo Carignani

“Part of the reason why it works so well is that the three principals are such good actors, turning in dramatic performances that are full of subtle details. Emily Magee's Tosca is sympathetic and proud, cunning and thoughtful...Hampson brings sly understatement and intelligence to the role...Kaufmann is a terrific Cavaradossi...for a new take on an old warhorse, this release has much to recommend it.” Gramophone Magazine, December 2014

“Vocally, the honours here go to Jonas Kaufmann whose Cavaradossi is wonderfully sung...On this sort of form, there isn’t a tenor to touch him in this repertoire at the moment. Emily Magee has a Wagnerian-sized soprano capable of circumnavigating the role of Tosca with ease...Thomas Hampson makes for a suave and slimy Baron Scarpia” Opera Britannia, 30th June 2011 ***

“Robert Carsen’s production of Tosca for Zurich has one good idea and then gets rather stuck within its own self-imposed parameters. ‘Tosca as diva’ is the be-all and end-all...That’s fine until the drama becomes real or intimate, at which point there’s the basic question of what is fantasy and what’s not.” Opera Now

“Kaufmann is so eloquent that the deficiencies flying around him on stage vanish as soon as he opens his mouth...A modest word of praise, too, for Giuseppe Scorsin as the Sacristan, characterfully bumbling round Anthony Ward’s annoying sets in his pullover with holes...But the music that matters comes from Kaufmann’s throat, mellifluously convincing no matter what the production’s ills.” The Times, 13th May 2011 ***

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Thomas Hampson: Notturno

Thomas Hampson: Notturno

Songs by Richard Strauss


Strauss, R:

Zueignung, Op. 10 No. 1

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Winternacht, Op. 15 No. 2

Mein Herz ist stumm, Op. 19 No. 6

Ach weh mir unglückhaftem Mann, Op. 21 No. 4

Ruhe, meine Seele!, Op. 27 No. 1

Heimliche Aufforderung, Op. 27 No. 3

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Traum durch die Dämmerung, Op. 29 No. 1

Sehnsucht Op. 32 No. 2

Das Rosenband, Op. 36 No. 1

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Notturno, Op. 44 No. 1

with Daniel Hope (violin)

Freundliche Vision, Op. 48 No. 1

Die heiligen drei Könige aus Morgenland Op. 56 No. 6

Vom kunftigen Alter, Op. 87 No. 1

Und dann nicht mehr, Op. 87 No. 3

Im Sonnenschein, Op. 87 No. 4


Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Wolfram Rieger (piano)

“Richard Strauss’ songs provides each of us havens of contemplations as we travel our own paths and discover our own “stories” Thomas Hampson

This is one of DG’s key releases for the Strauss year, which marks the composer’s 150th birthday.

Thomas Hampson is widely regarded as one of the premier interpreters of German art song today.

In 2014, American baritone Thomas Hampson celebrates Richard Strauss’ 150th anniversary with several concerts in Europe and North America and a new production of the composer’s Arabella at the Salzburg Easter Festival.

With this release he adds to his his already considerable discography and videography on the label with an expertly-crafted collection of Lieder by Richard Strauss.

Starring guest artists DANIEL HOPE (track 13)

“All the songs benefit from Hampson's impeccably clear German and his ability, with Rieger's support, to set ideally well-judged speeds...it is Hampson who generally shapes the songs most persuasively, even if Fischer-Dieskau scores for intimacy...Hampson's new disc makes an important addition to the list.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2014

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Five-act version, sung in Italian


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

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Verdi: Don Carlo

Verdi: Don Carlo

Five-act version, sung in Italian


Jonas Kaufmann (Don Carlo), Anja Harteros (Elisabetta di Valois), Matti Salminen (Filppo II), Thomas Hampson (Rodrigo, Marchese di Posa), Ekaterina Semenchuk (La Principessa Eboli), Eric Halfvarson (Il Grande Inquisitore), Robert Lloyd (Un frate), Maria Celeng (Tebaldo), Sen Guo (Una voce dal cielo), Benjamin Bernheim (Il Conte di Lerma/Un Araldo reale)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Antonio Pappano (conductor), Peter Stein (director)

Giuseppe Verdi’s late opera Don Carlo delivers all the big topics while Ferdinand Wögerbauer’s ultra-simple décor provides a spartan counterpoint to the dramatic action.

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Verdi: Don Carlos (Five-act French version)

Verdi: Don Carlos (Five-act French version)


Roberto Alagna (Carlos), Karita Mattila (Elisabetta), Thomas Hampson (Posa), Jose van Dam (Filippo II), Waltraud Meier (Eboli)

Orchestre de Paris & Chœur du Théâtre du Châtelet, Antonio Pappano (conductor), Luc Bondy (director)

Directed for video by YVES ANDRÉ HUBERT

Executive Producer BEATRICE DUPONT

Set in 16th-century France and Spain, Don Carlos tells of the political and amorous rivalry between King Philip II and his son, Don Carlos, over Elisabeth de Valois. Boasting an international cast in one of Verdi’s most popular operas, Luc Bondy’s moving production is the original French version restored to five acts.

Recorded live at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris, in March 1996 and re-mastered in high-definition from the original master tape.

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Dolby Digital audio 5.0 surround & L-PCM stereo / 4:3

Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

“Now only available on Blu-ray, this 1996 French-language version of the opera (Théâtre du Châtelet) captures Roberto Alagna in full bloom in his finest Verdi role, with Karita Mattila an elegant yet sensual Elisabetta and Waltraud Meier a coruscating but still supremely classy Eboli. Jose van Dam's Filippo has an unusual nobility and humanity, and Thomas Hampson's Posa (a role which he sang superbly only last year at Salzburg) is tremendously moving.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

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Massenet: Werther

Massenet: Werther


Roberto Alagna (Werther), Angela Gheorghiu (Charlotte), Thomas Hampson (Albert), Patricia Petibon (Sophie), Jean-Philippe Courtis (Le Bailli), Jean-Paul Fouchécourt (Schmidt), Jean-Marie Frémeau (Johann), Pierre Dupont (Brühlmann) & Sophie Boulanger (Kätchen)

Tiffin Children's Choir & London Symphony Orchestra, Antonio Pappano

“Pappano's suave way with Massenet's tale creates a perfect orchestral ambience for the central portrayals, delivered with passion and style by Alagna and Gheorghiu.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2013 *****

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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


Thomas Hampson (baritone) & Wolfgang Sawallisch (piano)

“Hampson’s reading is immaculately sung in smooth, warm tones, refined phrasing and naturally moulded diction.” Gramophone Magazine

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'


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Schubert: Winterreise D911

Schubert: Winterreise D911


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The Gustav Mahler Celebration

The Gustav Mahler Celebration

Recorded live at Kaliště


Mahler:

Totenfeier

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ging heut' morgen übers Feld (No. 2 from Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen)

Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ich atmet' einen linden Duft (Rückert-Lieder)

Es sungen drei Engel (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Trost im Unglück (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Wo die schönen Trompeten blasen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Revelge (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)


Marita Solberg (soprano), Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo), Thomas Hampson (baritone)

Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Manfred Honeck

On 7 July 2010 Kaliště in Czech Republic, where Gustav Mahler was born on this very day 150 years ago, the music world celebrated one of the greatest composers ever. The renowned Mahler Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Austrian maestro Manfred Honeck, and world famous soloists will commemorate the composer with an unique outdoor live concert.

Gustav Mahler was born into a Jewish family in Kaliště on July 7, 1860 as the second of fourteen children. His exceptional musical gifts became apparent at an early age. He began giving music lessons when he was six, and at fifteen he was admitted to the Vienna Music Conservatory. He embarked on what was to become an extraordinary career as a conductor and operatic administrator when he was barely twenty. Mahler was best known during his own lifetime as one of the leading orchestral and operatic conductors of the day. He has since come to be acknowledged as one of the most important late-romantic composers

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 78 mins

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