Thomas Hampson

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Thomas Hampson

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Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4

Szymanowski: King Roger & Symphony No. 4


Szymanowski:

Król Roger

Thomas Hampson (King Roger), Elzieta Szmytka (Roxana), Philip Langridge (Edrisi), Ryszard Minkiewicz (Shepherd), Robert Gierlach (Archbishop), Jadwiga Rappé (Deaconess)

City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus & City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus

Symphony No. 4, Op. 60 (Sinfonia Concertante)

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)


Simon Rattle’s luminous reading of Szymanowski’s philosophical opera King Roger won a Gramophone Award for opera on its first release in 2000. ‘A vibrantly dramatic account, revealing potent theatricality from the outset and sustaining its grip throughout’ (Gramophone), Rattle’s recording is coupled with Szymanowski’s colourful Fourth Symphony, with the solo piano part assuredly performed here by Leif Ove Andsnes.

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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

“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 ***

“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 ***

“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

“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

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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.

Region-free NTSC (compatible with all modern PAL players)

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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Verdi: Simon Boccanegra

Verdi: Simon Boccanegra


Thomas Hampson (Simon Boccanegra), Joseph Calleja (Gabriele Adorno), Kristine Opolais (Amelia/Maria), Carlo Colombara (Fiesco), Luca Pisaroni (Paolo)

Wiener Symphoniker & Wiener Singakademie, Massimo Zanetti

In a major release in Verdi year, Decca's star tenor Joseph Calleja makes his first major opera release in a lead role, singing Gabriele Adorno in a stunning new Simon Boccanegra for Verdi's bicentenary year.

Calleja sings Gabriele Adorno opposite Thomas Hampson's Simon Boccanegra in a live concert performance recorded at the Vienna Konzerthaus. The first-class cast also includes Latvian soprano Kristine Opolais as Amelia, Luca Pisaroni as Paolo and Carlo Colombara as Fiesco. Top-league Italian conductor Massimo Zanetti leads the Wiener Symphoniker and Wiener Singakademie.

A star of the Metropolitan Opera New York and a favourite around the world, the Maltese-born Calleja has been receiving extravagant praise at every step of his meteoric career. He stunned audiences with his Nessun dorma at last year's Last Night of the Proms, televised worldwide, and was named Gramophone's "Artist of the Year 2012" at just 34.

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“those who want a version...with modern singers won’t be disappointed by Thomas Hampson..., Kristine Opolais’s Amelia — both light voices for their roles, but utterly musical — Carlo Colombara’s booming, idiomatic Fiesco and, above all, Joseph Calleja’s patrician, thrillingly sung Adorno.” Sunday Times, 13th October 2013

“[Hampson] brings his sharp intellectual focus to bear on the contrast between the private man and the public figure...Ranged against him are Carlo Colombara's arrogant, cavernous-sounding Fiesco, and Luca Pisaroni's alarming Paolo, arguably the scariest on disc...[Calleja] is outstanding as Gabriele Adorno” The Guardian, 11th October 2013

“Hampson is, as always, a searching interpreter, aware of the meaning and possible ambiguities of every phrase he sings; but his voice is not a classic Verdi baritone...The only principal to meet every demand of their role is Luca Pisaroni's trenchant Paolo...the performance has a great sense of drama” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“performances that don't just measure up to the recorded history but shine different kinds of light on the opera...Pisaroni delivers one of his strongest recorded performances so far...now, in his maturity, [Hampson] can emit a true Doge roar...his Lieder-like sense of detail reveals the role in three dimensions with great concision and no excessive fussing with the vocal line.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2014

“One hears first-rate singing from all five leading soloists...[Hampson] is particularly efficacious in Boccanegra's introspective moments...Calleja is superb...Fiesco is sung in firm and focused dark tones by Carlo Colombara, making the old man the strong figure he should be...Pisaroni does admirably.” International Record Review, February 2014

“Hampson is superb: lithe and youthful as the swashbuckler of the Prologue, audibly care-worn and conflicted in the opera proper - and the recognition-scene with his daughter will make your eyes prickle...[Pisaroni] oozes subtle, uncaricatured menace...But the real dramatic lynchpin is the orchestra.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 16th September 2013

“Though the voice may be lighter than Verdi baritones of yore (such as Piero Cappuccilli on Abbado's 1971 recording) Thomas Hampson brings lieder-like insight and quiet authority to the role of the Doge; his son-in-law Luca Pisaroni is insidious as Paolo, whilst Joseph Calleja brings the house down as Gabriele Adorno. Massimo Zanetti conjures terrific light and shade from the Wiener Symphoniker.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical

Presto Disc of the Week

16th September 2013

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Editor's Choice - January 2014

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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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