Christopher Maltman

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Christopher Maltman

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Decades: A Century of Song Vol. 2 1820 - 1830

Decades: A Century of Song Vol. 2 1820 - 1830


Bellini:

Malinconia, ninfa gentile

Ma rendi pur contento

Vanne, o rosa fortunata

Glinka:

Skazhi, zachem

Ne iskushay menya bez nuzhdi

Moya harfa

Loewe, C:

Der Erlkönig, Op. 1 No. 3 (Goethe)

Herr Oluf "Herr Oluf reitet spät und weit", Op. 2/2

Mendelssohn:

Minnelied im Mai 'Holder klingt der Vogelsang', Op. 8 No. 1

Niedermeyer:

Le lac

Schubert:

Auf der Bruck, D853

Im Frühling, D882

Aus 'Heliopolis' - I D753 (Mayrhofer)

Gondelfahrer, D808

Auflösung, D807

Ellen 1-3, Op. 52

Der Winterabend (Es ist so still), D938

Die Taubenpost, D965A (D957 No. 14)

Schumann:

Sehnsucht


John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Luis Gomes (tenor), Robin Tritschler (tenor), Anush Hovhanissyan (soprano), Sarah Connolly (mezzo), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

The second volume in this major recording series, across which a host of world-renowned singers draw listeners, decade by decade, through a century of song, from 1810 to 1910. Each volume features a carefully planned, varied programme performed by household names, whilst the series overall creates a comprehensive survey of song right through the nineteenth century – an invaluable teaching asset, as well as a joy for listeners.

Includes songs from Austria, France, Germany, Italy and Russia, by Vincenzo Bellini, Mikhail Glinka, Carl Loewe, Felix Mendelssohn, Louis Niedermeyer, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann.

The three principal singers for this second volume are mezzo Sarah Connolly, tenor John Mark Ainsley and baritone Christopher Maltman, who are joined by tenors Robin Tritschler and Luis Gomes, and Armenian soprano Anush Hovhannisyan, accompanied by the series’ creator, pianist Malcolm Martineau

Of special note is Sarah Connolly’s performance of Schubert’s three ‘Ellen Songs’, including a glorious rendition of the classic ‘Ave Maria’, Christopher Maltman’s vivid portrayal of Goethe’s ‘Erlkönig’ in Loewe’s setting, and John Mark Ainsley’s beautifully crafted renditions of songs by Schubert, Schumann and Mendelssohn

Extensive presentation includes 64 page booklet with authoritative liner note in three languages by renowned song expert and series consultant Prof Susan Youens, with full texts and translations.

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Wagner: Das Liebesverbot

Wagner: Das Liebesverbot


Manuela Uhl (Isabella), Christopher Maltman (Friedrich), Peter Lodahl (Lucio), Ilker Arcayürek (Claudio), Ante Jerkunica (Brighella)

Chorus and Orchestra of Teatro Real, Madrid, Ivor Bolton (conductor) & Kasper Holten (director)

Read Katherine's exclusive interview with Kasper Holten about the production here.

Wagner’s rarely performed early comic opera, based on Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, enjoys its Spanish debut in a new production by director Kasper Holten. The lively score boasts clear Italian, French and Weberian influences that pre-date the composer’s mature voice, yet the music continually delights with the unmistakable emergence of Wagner’s precocious genius. His adaptation of the Bard’s play reflects the rebellious mood of a Revolutionary Germany, vindicating sensual love and attacking the fanatical repression of sexuality by a puritanical and hypocritical authority. Ivor Bolton conducts a vibrant cast featuring English baritone and Cardiff Singer of the World Lieder Prize-winner Christopher Maltman, Turkish-Viennese tenor and BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist Ilker Arcayürek and Germany’s hottest Wagnerian leading lady, Manuela Uhl.

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Running time: 160 minutes

Sound format: LPCM 2.0 & DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio

“Filmed for DVD, Kasper Holten’s colourful production lifts the spirits and a hard-working cast is swept along” Financial Times, February 2017

“As a Das Liebsverbot virgin, I was keen to apply the old test: if this opera was by J. Soap rather than R. Wagner, how would we rate it? My personal verdict is ‘highly’. Young Richard concocted a cracking libretto…his score has verve, variety and several alluring examples of the soaring, extended melodies that mark out his special territory.” Opera, May 2017

“Musically, the cast is led by the ever-dependable Christopher Maltman, who gives a touch of magic to the rather archetypal figure of the wicked duke...The smaller soprano roles are well taken too, with María Miró proving a good foil to the heroically chaste Isabella. The finest heroes, however, are the orchestra, who play the score as though it were Meistersinger, sounding like gods right from the sparkling overture to the jolly resolution” MusicWeb International, 18th April 2017

“It's well…performed here, especially by the splendidly full-voiced chorus.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2017 ***

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Monteverdi: L'Orfeo

Monteverdi: L'Orfeo


Ian Bostridge (Orfeo), Natalie Dessay (La Musica), Patrizia Ciofi (Euridice), Véronique Gens (Proserpina), Alice Coote (Messaggiera), Sonia Prina (Speranza), Carolyn Sampson (Ninfa), Paul Agnew (Eco/Pastore), Christopher Maltman (Apollo/Pastore), Lorenzo Regazzo (Plutone), Mario Luperi (Caronte), Pascal Bertin, Richard Burkhard (Pastori)

Le Concert d'Astrée, European Voices, Emmanuelle Haïm

Monteverdi’s retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice, composed for the court of Mantua, is the earliest opera to hold a firm place in the repertoire. Emmanuelle Haïm directs a full-blooded performance with star singers whose artistry is as valid here – in a groundbreaking Renaissance score – as in music of later eras: Ian Bostridge, Patrizia Ciofi, Natalie Dessay, Carolyn Sampson, Véronique Gens, Alice Coote, Sonia Prina, Christopher Maltman and Lorenzo Regazzo.

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Erato - The Home of Opera - 9029593486

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Puccini: Manon Lescaut

Puccini: Manon Lescaut


Jonas Kaufmann (Des Grieux), Kristine Opolais (Manon Lescaut), Christopher Maltman (Lescaut), Maurizio Muraro (Gerontes) & Benjamin Hulett (Edmondo)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House & Royal Opera House Chorus, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Jonathan Kent (director)

'From the moment Kaufmann and Opolais embark – with infinite delicacy - on their emotional journey, it becomes clear that this is a vocal marriage made in heaven. His warmly burnished sound is balanced by the exquisitely-nuanced purity of hers, and they are supported by a performance in the pit, under Antonio Pappano, of rare refinement.' THE INDEPENDENT

'Exhibiting qualities from each of the Three Tenors — Pavarotti's gleaming tone, Carreras's good looks, Domingo's dramatic presence — Jonas Kaufmann is justifiably lauded as the outstanding tenor of our day. In Jonathan Kent's new production of Puccini's Manon Lescaut he delivers a thrilling performance that satisfies both musically and theatrically.' LONDON EVENING STANDARD

'Antonio Pappano has few peers today as a Puccini conductor, and gives the score a tremendous sense of vivid theatricality' THE GUARDIAN

“Kaufmann is a gloriously ardent Des Grieux, recklessly embarking upon an emotional journey almost as distressing as that of the heroine herself. Kristine Opolais matches him in a performance that combines tenderness with wilfulness and a kind of doomed personal integrity exemplified in her vocal line. And Pappano brings his customary sense of style to the music.” BBC Music Magazine, December 2015

“do not pass up the chance to see the power and achievement of Jonas Kaufmann and Kristine Opolais in the lead roles. Even in this day and age, to see (and hear) such uninhibited physical master of stage parts in opera is not so common - and everyone from the artists themselves to the director, designers and video director should be prasied…around them the support is terrifically sharp, the well-placed chorus included” Gramophone Magazine, November 2015

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Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis

Vaughan Williams: Dona nobis pacem & Hough: Missa Mirabilis


Hough:

Missa Mirabilis

first recording

Vaughan Williams:

Dona Nobis Pacem

Christopher Maltman (baritone), Sarah Fox (soprano)


Colorado Symphony Chorus & Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton

Dona nobis pacem became a somewhat unexpected hit for Vaughan Williams. A fervently anti-war plea from the heart composed in 1936 as a pièce d’occasion for the Huddersfield Choral Society, it remains to this day one of the composer’s most widely performed works. Coupled with it here is the first recording of Stephen Hough’s Missa Mirabilis (the title derives from an unfortunate motorway incident), a work which shares with the Vaughan Williams an ability to seem very much greater than the sum of its parts. Andrew Litton directs the Colorado Symphony and all-star soloists Sarah Fox and Christopher Maltman.

“Vaughan Williams's Dona nobis pacem is a work that wastes no time cutting to the quick, and nor does this performance of it: in the opening Agnus Dei soprano Sarah Fox is immediately intense and focused, the Colorado Symphony coiled and ready to spring on the explosive tutti that rips forth from the softer textures” BBC Music Magazine, June 2015 ****

“Litton presides over another first-rate display.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2015

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Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 5 (Christopher Maltman)

Brahms: The Complete Songs Volume 5 (Christopher Maltman)


Brahms:

Die schöne Magelone, Op. 33

(without spoken text)


Christopher Maltman (baritone) & Graham Johnson (piano)

A new recording from renowned recitalist and winner of the Lieder Prize at the 1997 Cardiff Singer of the World Competition, Christopher Maltman. Graham Johnson is both accompanist and curator of this series that presents the entire piano-accompanied songs and vocal works of Johannes Brahms.

As such it is a companion to the series undertaken by Hyperion for the songs of Schubert, Schumann, Fauré, Strauss and Liszt. This fifth volume presents the songs of Op 33, the only time that Brahms composed a song cycle as such, but even then his observations about how he wished his songs to be heard are worth considering; they are far removed from the contemporary orthodoxy. Brahms sets Tieck’s ‘novella’ Die wundersame Liebesgeschichte der schönen Magelone und des Grafen Peter von Provence (‘The wondrous love story of the beautiful Magelone and Count Peter of Provence’). A full account of the text and of the composition of this intriguing cycle is to be found in Graham Johnson’s erudite booklet notes.

“Maltman and the ever-sensitive Johnson...make a compelling, illuminating partnership. Maltman's mellow baritone,with its distinctively plangent, tenorish upper register, is always easy on the ear.” Gramophone Magazine, October 2014

“The partnership of Graham Johnson - who, as ever, provides the lucid liner-notes - and Christopher Maltman would be hard to better. They sound well and their performance is beautifully shaped in its ebb and flow, an important consideration in any song cycle. Maltman colours his voice skilfully as he represents the different protagonists in the story.” MusicWeb International, 20th October 2014

“While Behle and Bjelland attempt contextualisation [on their Capriccio recording ealier this year], Maltman and Johnson give us the music on its own, in a performance that is the more focused and emotionally detailed of the two, though some may prefer Behle’s romantic-sounding tenor to Maltman’s sexier, if more troubling baritone.” The Guardian, 11th September 2014 ****

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Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45


Valery Gergiev and the London Symphony Orchestra present Brahms’ greatest choral work, the 'German' Requiem, featuring soprano Sally Matthews and baritone Christopher Maltman. Gergiev’s first Brahms release on LSO Live, Symphonies Nos 1 & 2, Tragic Overture & Haydn Variations was awarded 5/5 by BBC Music Magazine.

Intended to be for ‘all humanity’, Brahms’ 'German' Requiem is a powerful work – its central themes of melancholy and comfort are universally applicable. Non-liturgical, yet sacred and devotional in spirit, it showcases the great romantic melodies for which Brahms was renowned, and has become a popular work with choirs all over the world – admired for its mystical, consolatory and contemplative tone.

“[Maltman] is outstanding; firm of tone, passionate in declamation and excellent of diction...The LSC, meticulously prepared by their director Simon Halsey, cope superbly for most of the time. Their corporate tone for the 'big moments' is shatteringly powerful.” MusicWeb International, 29th June 2014

“The dark, veiled string at the opening (Brahms with a slight Russian Orthodox accent?) are very impressive. So too is the sense of the first movement rising and falling steadily like a great arch. But the sentiments in the second movement...seem to have acted as a damper on the collective spirit...Maltman is on fine stirring form.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2014 *****

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Donizetti: Rita

Donizetti: Rita

original French version


Written in 1841, Rita, an opera comique in one act, was composed by Gaetano Donizetti to a French libretto by Gustave Vaëz. It was never performed in Donizetti’s lifetime and premiered posthumously at the Opéra-Comique in Paris on 7 May 1860. Opera Rara’s new release is a double first – the first recording of the newly restored critical edition of the score, in the original French, and our first project with the critically acclaimed, Hallé, conducted by Sir Mark Elder (Music Director, the Hallé and Artistic Director, Opera Rara) with Katarina Karénus (Rita), Barry Banks (Pepé) and Christopher Maltman (Gasparo). This 1CD set comes with a fully illustrated booklet with a complete libretto and English translation and informative note, by Francesco Bellotto, about the opera.

“Rita can hardly be described as a masterpiece, but you cannot mistake its French comic style...While it might have been preferable to have native French speakers, Katarina Karnéus, Barry Banks and Christopher Maltman bring Rita to life with infectious spirit.” Financial Times, 22nd March 2014 ****

“The lively score is deftly conducted. Katerina Karneus, Barry Banks (Pepé) and Christopher Maltman (Gasparo) have unidiomatic French, but their voices give pleasure.” Sunday Times, 13th April 2014

“The two men...both sing and speak French perfectly. Unfortunately, although Katarina Karnéus is on lively, lovely form, her French when singing is almost indecipherable...The singers make a great team, but what makes it so much fun is Mark Elder's immersion in the work, which sounds almost as if it was Haydn on top form.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 ****

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Britten: The Rape of Lucretia

Britten: The Rape of Lucretia


Sarah Connolly (Lucretia), Christopher Maltman (Tarquinius), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (Bianca), Mary Nelson (Lucia), Leigh Melrose (Junius), Clive Bayley (Collatinus), Orla Boylan (Female Chorus) & John Mark Ainsley (Male Chorus)

English National Opera, Paul Daniel (conductor) & David McVicar (stage director)

Sarah Connolly's 'outstanding' (The Guardian) portrayal of the wronged Roman noblewoman, written originally for Kathleen Ferrier, lies at the heart of David McVicar's powerfully stark production for English National Opera as 'an everyday sort of woman who could be living at any time or place.' Her nemesis is the arrogant Tarquinius of Christopher Maltman, 'who made the air tingle with danger' (Financial Times). Filmed by the BBC at Snape Maltings during the production’s premiere run at the 2001 Aldeburgh Festival.

Hugely acclaimed Aldeburgh/ENO production from 2001.

Britten’s “chamber opera” was premiered at Glyndebourne in 1946, representing a stylistic departure from the grander Peter Grimes the previous year.

Based on the legend of Lucretia who is raped by the Roman tyrant Tarquinius but kills herself rather than live with the shame.

Contains scenes of a sexual nature.

Extra features: Cast gallery.

Running time: 120 minutes

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“The main cast delivers a superlative response from start to finish, headed by baritone Christopher Maltman's bull-like Tarquinius and mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly's harrowingly intense Lucretia...Top-flight instrumental playing enhances an impressive release.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2014 ****

“McVicar typically finds clarity and purpose amid the opera's convoluted story-telling...Connolly's performance sets a standard that's perhaps as important to The Rape of Lucretia as Jon Vickers was to Peter Grimes. Daniel makes every note count in this ultra-spare score.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2014

“Ainsley is superb...Melrose as Junius brilliantly brings out the weakness of character...Bayley's Collatinus is nobe of bearing and deeply touching both vocally and physically...Connolly is quite simply magnificent as Lucretia, taking the audience with her throughout...superbly well sung, played and acted.” International Record Review, February 2014

“[Maltman] gets right into the physicality of the role, projecting himself forward with all the character’s lascivious selfishness...Connolly makes a wonderful Lucretia, too. She is dignified and noble throughout...In many ways the greatest revelations come from the Male and Female chorus, both excellently sung. Add in the expert playing of the ENO chamber ensemble and Paul Daniel’s intelligent conducting, and you have a winner on your hands.” MusicWeb International, 12th March 2014

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New Year's Eve Concert in Dresden 2010

New Year's Eve Concert in Dresden 2010


Lehár:

Die Lustige Witwe (highlights)


Renée Fleming (soprano) & Christopher Maltman (baritone)

Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden & Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

This is the auspicious premiere of a series of New Year's Eve Concerts from the famous Semperoper in Dresden. Deutsche Grammophon is proud to announce a long-term cooperative association with Christian Thielemann, Staatskapelle Dresden and Unitel/Classica to brand a new series of CDs and DVDs, beginning at the turn of the year.

Christian Thielemann, no stranger to the Yellow Label, and designated Principal Conductor of Staatskapelle Dresden, pours his expertise into Lehár’s evergreen The Merry Widow, with the American megastar Renée Fleming in the title role.

DG Unitel - 4779540

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