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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 19

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 19


Dvorak:

Der Jakobiner

sung in German


Sven Nilsson (bass), Heinrich Pflanzl (baritone), Margarete Teschemacher (soprano), Elfriede Trotschel (soprano), Mathieu Ahlersmeyer (baritone), Robert Burg (baritone), Karl Wessely (tenor), Lorenz Fehenberger (tenor)

Dresden State Opera Chorus, Dresden Staatskapelle, Dresden State Opera Children Chorus, Karl Elmendorff

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Wagner: Lohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin


Piotr Beczała (Lohengrin), Anna Netrebko (Elsa von Brabant), Tomasz Konieczny (Friedrich von Telramund), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), Georg Zeppenfeld (Heinrich der Vogler), Derek Welton (Der Heerrufer des Königs)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

An operatic dream came true in May 2016, when two singers made their role debuts as Lohengrin and Elsa at the Dresden State Opera.

Previously at home in French and Italian lyric tenor roles, Piotr Beczala was expanding his repertory in a direction that many opera fans had long wanted him to explore, while Anna Netrebko – previously hailed as the “queen of bel canto” – was undertaking her first Wagnerian role. It was also her first foray into the lyric-dramatic repertory.

Both singers had been persuaded to take on their new roles by the Dresden Staatskapelle’s principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, one of the leading Wagner conductors of our day.

Seldom has the world of opera been as excited as it was by these performances, public and press revealing a rare unanimity in hailing them as outstanding. Die Presse spoke of a “starry occasion”, while Die Welt described it as “musically one of the finest Lohengrins of all time – a Lohen-Dream”. This punning was evidently catching, for the Münchner Merkur attempted a conflation of the German terms for swan (Schwan) and madness (Wahnsinn) and produced the portmanteau word Schwahnsinn. A substantial part in the production’s success was played by Georg Zeppenfeld as King Henry, Evelyn Herlitzius as Ortrud, Tomasz Konieczny as Telramund, Derek Welton as the Herald and the Dresden State Opera Chorus. Together they formed a Wagner ensemble so splendid that – in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – “none better could currently be wished for”.

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Subtitles: German (Orig. Language) · English · French · Spanish · Chinese

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Wagner: Lohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin


Piotr Beczała (Lohengrin), Anna Netrebko (Elsa von Brabant), Tomasz Konieczny (Friedrich von Telramund), Evelyn Herlitzius (Ortrud), Georg Zeppenfeld (Heinrich der Vogler), Derek Welton (Der Heerrufer des Königs)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

An operatic dream came true in May 2016, when two singers made their role debuts as Lohengrin and Elsa at the Dresden State Opera.

Previously at home in French and Italian lyric tenor roles, Piotr Beczala was expanding his repertory in a direction that many opera fans had long wanted him to explore, while Anna Netrebko – previously hailed as the “queen of bel canto” – was undertaking her first Wagnerian role. It was also her first foray into the lyric-dramatic repertory.

Both singers had been persuaded to take on their new roles by the Dresden Staatskapelle’s principal conductor, Christian Thielemann, one of the leading Wagner conductors of our day.

Seldom has the world of opera been as excited as it was by these performances, public and press revealing a rare unanimity in hailing them as outstanding. Die Presse spoke of a “starry occasion”, while Die Welt described it as “musically one of the finest Lohengrins of all time – a Lohen-Dream”. This punning was evidently catching, for the Münchner Merkur attempted a conflation of the German terms for swan (Schwan) and madness (Wahnsinn) and produced the portmanteau word Schwahnsinn. A substantial part in the production’s success was played by Georg Zeppenfeld as King Henry, Evelyn Herlitzius as Ortrud, Tomasz Konieczny as Telramund, Derek Welton as the Herald and the Dresden State Opera Chorus. Together they formed a Wagner ensemble so splendid that – in the words of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung – “none better could currently be wished for”.

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

Filmed at the Philharmonie Munich, 2. & 3.9.2016


Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden have already released the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 and continue their Bruckner Cycle at the Philharmonie in Munich with a ‘radiant and majestic’ (The Guardian) performance of the Symphony No. 3, also known as the ‘Wagner Symphony’. Thielemann, a more than experienced Bruckner interpreter, has once again proven himself, with masterly control over a shining wind section. With ‘moments of disruptive suspense and intense audio density he displays the full musical maelstrom of Bruckner’s Symphony No. 3’ (Münchner Merkur).

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TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 68 mins

“Thielemann’s approach to tempos is slightly more flexible than in [his recording of] the Fourth Symphony, although his choices are judiciously handled and do not detract from the overall sense of line…the orchestral playing is in a class of its own, superbly balanced and exquisitely articulated” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 40

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 40

Bernard Haitink (Live)


Beethoven:

Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61

Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin)

Brahms:

Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68

Weber:

Oberon Overture


The works on the two CDs of this volume were performed in the Dresden Staatskapelle’s second symphony concert of the 2002/2003 season on September 29 and 30 and October 2, 2002. It was Bernard Haitink’s first concert as Principal Conductor of the orchestra, after he had spontaneously declared his willingness to take over this position and support the Staatskapelle following the sudden death of Giuseppe Sinopoli the previous year. It still seems a stroke of luck for Dresden, and in particular for its orchestra, that it could find a personality of such international standing who had a deep understanding both of the Staatskapelle’s great tradition and of its special character and thus was uniquely qualified to maintain and enhance its high artistic level, its individual sound and its worldwide reputation.

“Beautifully played and recorded, these valuable live performances under Haitink have genuine authority.” MusicWeb International, 17th January 2017

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, March 2016


José Cura (Otello), Dorothea Röschmann (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago), Benjamin Bernheim (Cassio), Christa Mayer (Emilia), Georg Zeppenfeld (Lodovico), Csaba Szegedi (Montano), Gordon Bintner (Herald)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Vincent Boussard

A superb new Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: ‘Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly coloured tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardour’ (Südwestpresse). ‘Röschmann as Desdemona guarantees effortless perfection’ (Neue Musikzeitung). ‘Álvarez as Iago would be hard to surpass’ (Abendzeitung). This Salzburg production – featuring ‘a cast worthy of any festival’ (Südwestpresse) – is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, ‘achieve wonders’ (Die Presse), ‘generating Italian ‘Musikdrama’ with their incandescence and precise nuances’ (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealised visual context for what he calls Otello’s ‘conflict of ancient and modern, of 2D and 3D’.

SOUND FORMAT: DVD: PCM 2.0, DTS 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 147 mins

“Cura’s Otello is in pretty good shape – he’s been singing the role for nearly two decades now – and his tenor can still deliver plenty of thrills…[Röschmann’s] is a moving, unusually feisty account of [Desdemona]. Benjamin Bernheim is an excellent Cassio, and Georg Zeppenfeld stands out for his resonant Lodovico…Thielemann certainly offers an interpretation of imposing grandeur and sonic richness. But it’s not a reading that ever truly gets its hands dirty.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, March 2016


José Cura (Otello), Dorothea Röschmann (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago), Benjamin Bernheim (Cassio), Christa Mayer (Emilia), Georg Zeppenfeld (Lodovico), Csaba Szegedi (Montano), Gordon Bintner (Herald)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Vincent Boussard

A superb new Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: ‘Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly coloured tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardour’ (Südwestpresse). ‘Röschmann as Desdemona guarantees effortless perfection’ (Neue Musikzeitung). ‘Álvarez as Iago would be hard to surpass’ (Abendzeitung). This Salzburg production – featuring ‘a cast worthy of any festival’ (Südwestpresse) – is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, ‘achieve wonders’ (Die Presse), ‘generating Italian ‘Musikdrama’ with their incandescence and precise nuances’ (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealised visual context for what he calls Otello’s ‘conflict of ancient and modern, of 2D and 3D’.

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: Italian (original language), German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 147 mins

“Cura’s Otello is in pretty good shape – he’s been singing the role for nearly two decades now – and his tenor can still deliver plenty of thrills…[Röschmann’s] is a moving, unusually feisty account of [Desdemona]. Benjamin Bernheim is an excellent Cassio, and Georg Zeppenfeld stands out for his resonant Lodovico…Thielemann certainly offers an interpretation of imposing grandeur and sonic richness. But it’s not a reading that ever truly gets its hands dirty.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2017

“With José Cura, Dorothea Röschmann and Carlos Álvarez in such fine form the feeling of engagement and artistic integrity is striking in Vincent Boussard’s new production of Verdi’s grand masterpiece.” MusicWeb International, July 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Semperoper Dresden, September 2015


Since taking up his post as principal conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle in 2012, Christian Thielemann has launc hed each new concert season with a Bruckner symphony. In autumn 2015 he chose the Sixth for the opening concert at Dresden’s historic Semperoper, and for the Sächsische Zeitung this performance marked 'another Bruckner triumph for Dresden'. Thielemann once more 'conjured up the most magical of sonorities' and 'the orchestra played magnificently under him' (Der Neue Merker).

SOUND FORMAT: DVD: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0

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BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 63 mins

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in A major

Semperoper Dresden, September 2015


Since taking up his post as principal conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle in 2012, Christian Thielemann has launc hed each new concert season with a Bruckner symphony. In autumn 2015 he chose the Sixth for the opening concert at Dresden’s historic Semperoper, and for the Sächsische Zeitung this performance marked 'another Bruckner triumph for Dresden'. Thielemann once more 'conjured up the most magical of sonorities' and 'the orchestra played magnificently under him' (Der Neue Merker).

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 63 mins

“…the playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden is everything one could wish for, both on a soloistic level and as an ensemble unified in a common goal. Melodic lines and inner voices are beautifully articulated, and the blending of the brass is an art form in itself.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“The film presentation is traditional: this is a straightforward film of a concert performance, blessedly free of any gimmickry. The pictures are sharp and always relevant to what we are hearing. The Blu-ray sound is excellent. In every respect this is a very distinguished account of Bruckner’s Sixth.” MusicWeb International, 17th April 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

1881 version, ed. R. Haas


Recorded live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 23 May 2015

After the release of the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9 with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bruckner cycle is continued with Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”, one of Bruckner’s most popular work. It is played here in the presumed original version recovered by Robert Haas, which differs considerably from the first published score, accepted by Bruckner as a stopgap only so that the work could easily be performed. The press cheered the performance: “Tone paintings of the finest quality.”

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Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 75 mins

No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)

“Thielemann keeps a firm grip on dynamic levels – ppp really means ppp – and the hushed playing is exquisitely rendered. The depth of sonority of horns, trombones and pizzicato double basses at 32’26” (just before fig M) is just one of the many outstanding moments, and the Scherzo’s brief Trio, delicately shaded and imbued with pastoral warmth, is similarly memorable” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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