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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

Profil Medien Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - PH07031

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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).

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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).

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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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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 75 mins

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 39

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 39


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 3 in D minor ‘Wagner Symphony'

1873 version


Live recording from the Semperoper Dresden, 21 September 2008

“Revelatory and awe-inspiring - it’s a certainty to be one of my Records of the Year for 2016.” MusicWeb International, 20th October 2016

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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 35

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 35


Liszt:

Orpheus, symphonic poem No. 4, S98

Schumann:

Symphony No. 4 in D minor, Op. 120

Sinopoli:

Hommage à Constanzo Porta (2)

Tombeau d'Armor III for cello and orchestra

Lou Salomé: symphonic fragments

Strauss, R:

Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

Wagner:

Rienzi Overture

Weber:

Oberon Overture


Tombeau d'Armor III conducted by Sylvain Cambreling, Symphonic Fragment from ‘Lou Salomé’ conducted by Peter Ruzicka; all other works conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli.

“Instantly recognisable from the horn solos of the Oberon Overture, as softly piercing as dawn light, or the trumpet-call to launch Rienzi, the Staatskapelle is the hero of the set, not excluding the glinting, Bergian textures of the conductor’s own music…the set [deserves] its place at the end as a fully representative, lavishly documented tribute to Sinopoli’s gifts as both a creative and executive musician” Gramophone Magazine, December 2016

“This fascinating Profil set honours the talents of the much admired Giuseppe Sinopoli who sadly died before his time.” MusicWeb International, 15th November 2016

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Brahms: The Piano Concertos

Brahms: The Piano Concertos


Brahms:

Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, Op. 15

Live From Semperoper, Dresden / 2011

Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 83

Live From Semperoper, Dresden / 2013


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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 38

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 38


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Wagner:

Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, WWV 69


“The contribution of the Staatskapelle Dresden is magnificent, the strings in particular playing with quite exceptional depth of tone and expressiveness. Dynamic contrasts are carefully observed and the balance between instrumental groups is exemplary” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin


Thomas Allen (Eugene Onegin), Mirella Freni (Tatyana), Anne Sofie von Otter (Olga), Neil Shicoff (Lensky), Rosemary Lang (Larina), Ruthild Engert (Filipyevna), Paata Burchuladze (Gremin), Michel Sénéchal (Triquet), Gunther Emmerlich (Zaretzky), Jürgen Hartfiel (Captain)

Rundfunkchor Leipzig & Staatskapelle Dresden, James Levine

James Levine at the helm of the incomparable Staatskapelle Dresden conducts a distinguished reading of Tchaikovsky’s most famous opera with an outstanding international cast including Mirella Freni and Thomas Allen. First release at mid-price, including a booklet libretto in Russian and English.

“The new Onegin merits an almost unreserved recommendation […] the central performances by Mirella Freni and Thomas Allen are compellingly vivid.” Financial Times, 11th March 1989 (Andrew Clements)

“What Freni does is sensitive, intelligent and often touching. She can still sound vulnerable—as Tatyana must...Allen responds to her...Levine draws fine playing from the Staatskapelle Dresden, though he seems to find the opera more conventional than it is.” Gramophone Magazine

“this is a big performance: slowish, with the beautiful melodies drawn out in an almost Italian fashion but with Tchaikovsky’s Russian coloring intact, with big climaxes and great tension, and the Dresden forces play stunningly for Levine.” Classics Today

“a magnificent Onegin in Thomas Allen, the most satisfying account of the title-role ever recorded. It is matched by the Tatiana of Mirella Freni, even at a late stage in her career readily conveying girlish freshness in her voice. The other parts are also strongly taken...What welds all these fine components into a rich and exciting whole is the conducting of James Levine” Penguin Guide, 2010

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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (DVD)

Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana & Leoncavallo: Pagliacci (DVD)


Leoncavallo:

I Pagliacci

Jonas Kaufmann (Canio), Maria Agresta (Nedda), Dimitri Platanias (Tonio), Alessio Arduini (Silvio), Tansel Akzeybek (Beppe)

Mascagni:

Cavalleria Rusticana

Jonas Kaufmann (Turiddu), Liudmyla Monastyrska (Santuzza), Ambrogio Maestri (Alfio), Annalisa Stroppa (Lola), Stefania Toczyska (Mamma Lucia)


Staatskapelle Dresden, Sachsischer Staatsopernchor, Christian Thielemann

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As comparably short operas, Cavalleria Rusticana and Pagliacci are often billed together, but seldom is the lead tenor making his double role-debut as Turiddu and Canio on the same evening. At the 2015 Salzburg Easter Festival Jonas Kaufmann did just that - to rapturous praise. Universally hailed as a coup for Kaufmann, the plaudits were also showered on Philipp Stölzl for his innovative compartmentalized staging which included live video projections while referencing the era of black-and-white movies.

“We have plenty of the thrilling, untrammelled and ringing sound that the tenor is capable of at his best...Happily, Kaufmann’s outstanding central performances are well matched, both musically and scenically...on his own terms, Stölzl creates a drama of real intensity...Thielemann is always aware of the drama and the beauties of the playing are many.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2016

“Rather than heart-on-sleeve slancio, [Thielemann] gives the music plenty of space, as well as elegance and delicacy when required...Stölzl’s innovative use of split staging and close-ups of characters who are ‘off-stage’ always enhances the main action rather than being a distraction from it...If this Cav is all monochrome and claustrophobic, Pag is a riot of colour and energy.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 18th March 2016

“one of the most gripping accounts of these two operas I’ve encountered...Thielemann is a surprise entry into the world of verismo. He wrings every bit of blood and thunder out of each score...The great tenor is in superb voice and acts up a storm...[Monastyrska] sings magnificently, her huge voice invariably right-on.” Classics Today

“The German tenor ticks all the verismo boxes, entirely credible as an actor...He sings with southern passion...In both operas, the staging gives us intimate vignettes and a strong sense of continuity...The rest of the casting is very strong...Thielemann brings full-on passion and breadth to these scores, drawing full-blooded and full-toned playing from the Staatskapelle Dresden.” classicalsource.com

“Stölzl’s compartmentalised staging works well, solving problems inherent in the Salzburg stage...Vocally the stars are Kaufmann and Ukrainian soprano Liudmyla Monastyrska. The former is in superb voice, every word clear, top notes ringing...Monastyrska creates a sympathetic Santuzza, her possessiveness making it clear why Turiddù strays.” Limelight Magazine, 19th August 2016

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