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Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer

Wagner: Der fliegende Holländer


Terje Stensvold (Der Holländer), Kwangchul Youn (Daland), Anja Kampe (Senta), Christopher Ventris (Erik), Jane Henschel (Mary), Thomas Russell (Der Steuermann)

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, WDR Rundfunkchor Köln & NDR Chor, Andris Nelsons

The Wagner year 2013 brought something special to the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra's concert schedule. The RCO pulled out all the stops with a full performance of this Wagner opera in concert version. Busy carving out an impressive career for himself and making his fifth appearance at Bayreuth last summer, Andris Nelsons has certainly earned his spurs as a Wagner specialist. He is led the RCO and a cast of international soloists in 'Der fliegende Holländer', an opera about the captain of an infamous Dutch ghost ship who can be freed only by a woman who consents to marry him.

“Every semi-quaver is beautifully articulated and precisely enunciated, but there is a long-breathed grandeur to the sound that positively glows in the resonant acoustic.” MusicWeb International, February 2015

“this tempestuous performance would be worth having for chorus and orchestra alone, but it has strong soloists too: Terje Stensvold, warm and only too chillingly persuasive in the title role; Anja Kampe an urgent, obsessed Senta...There’s no shortage of great recordings out there, but if the excitement and risk of live performance appeals, this is a must.” The Observer, 8th March 2015 ****

“Stensvold's Dutchman is noble and warm-toned, but conveys little deep feeling...That leaves the honours to Jane Henschel's lively Mary, and still more to Anja Kampe's Senta. Her voice has hardened somewhat...but her expressive power more than compensates, a compellingly passionate, impetuous performance.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ***

“The conductor and his orchestra are exciting throughout … there’s always time and (musical) balance for the provate moments in a basically swift traversal of the score … Stensvold’s enunciation of the role through the text is both moving and understanding … Fine recording. Hugely recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, May 2015

“Ventris is an ardent yet sensitively attuned Erik and Russell Thomas a fresh voiced, agile Steersman. Anja Kampe provides one of the best Sentas on disc … there’s a welcome fullness and firmness to her tone at all levels of pitch and dynamic, together with a sense of identification with the character’s obsessiveness … a well performed account of Wagner’s Hollander” Wagner Journal, June 2015

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - May 2015

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Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde


In 1907 Mahler suffered a series of severe losses. Following pressure, he resigned his position as Director of the Court Opera in Vienna. After his elder daughter Maria died, he himself received the diagnosis of a severe heart condition. During the summer of 1908, Mahler sketched Das Lied von der Erde (The Song of the Earth), a ‘symphony for two vocal soloists and orchestra’. The texts, taken from Hans Bethge’s The Chinese Flute, are concerned with the themes of transience and loss, culminating in the overwhelming Der Abschied (The Farewell). The Houston Symphony and Hans Graf have recorded Zemlinsky and Berg on Naxos 8572048; ‘tonally sumptuous and emotionally expansive’. (Allmusic.com)

“the Houston Symphony proves itself a highly competent band” The Guardian, 3rd November 2011 **

“Although Jane Henschel, a frequent performer of Wagner and Strauss, finds herself on familiar ground, it's Gregory Kunde - generally a bel canto tenor - who remains the standout. I'm not sure how much of Kunde's refined elegance would soar above the orchestra in a live performance, but this is the first Das Lied recording in a long time that made me wish Mahler wrote more for the tenor.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2012

“From the first, scything horn cry, it's evident that this is going to be a Song of the Earth of real orchestral distinction...their lean but incisive quality makes for some real chamber-musical moments with the wind and brass, many of which tenor Gregory Kunde sensitively shares...Kunde can manages the impossibly high tessitura and never forces his voice.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2012 ****

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Strauss, R: Elektra

Strauss, R: Elektra

Recorded live at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden 29 Jan, 1 & 4 Feb 2010


Linda Watson (Elektra), Jane Henschel (Klytämnestra), Manuela Uhl (Chrysothemis), René Kollo (Aegisth), Albert Dohmen (Orest), Andreas Hörl (Orest’s tutor), Jörg Schneider (A young servant), Carsten Sabrowski (An old servant) & Irmgard Vilsmaier (An overseer)

Vienna Philharmonic Choir & Munich Philharmonic Orchestra, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Herbert Wernicke (stage director)

Conducted by Christian Thielemann, this performance was the sensation of the 2010 Baden-Baden Festival. A one-act masterpiece inspired by Greek mythology, it is a dense, jagged cry for justice and vengeance. With its powerfully expressive chords, spooky waltz rhythms and mad dance of triumph, it shakes the audience to the core. Herbert Wernicke’s legendary production for the Bayerische Staatsoper stands out for its clear lines, classical structural elements and striking colour contrasts. Linda Watson, one of the great Wagnerian sopranos of today, superbly masters her role debut as Elektra, one of opera’s most demanding roles.

Extra features: Cast gallery

Running time 1 hour 40 mins Region code All regions

Video codec AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS digital surround

Menu language EN

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/ES

“Perhaps taking its cue from Electra's repeated cry of 'Allein!' ('Alone!') the production presents all its characters as both alone and alienated from one another...Possibly in reaction to the statuesque starkness of the staging, Thielemann seems to want to tone down the score's mythic violence and tease out its moments of human (essentially womanly) warmth.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2011 ***

“Watson has physical stature, an expressive face...the necessary intelligence and a suitable instrument, which is saying a great deal in this most formidable of roles...[Henschel] makes a capital Klytämnestra, lavishing lovelier tone on the role than it usually receives...Never do Christian Thielemann and the Munich Philharmonic overwhelm the singers: they make chamber music, in effect, with no bombast whatever” International Record Review, March 2011

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier


Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Franz Hawlata (Baron Ochs), Sophie Koch (Octavian), Diana Damrau (Sophie), Jonas Kaufmann (The Italian Tenor), Franz Grundheber (Faninal), Jane Henschel (Annina)

Munchner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Renée Fleming performs in a wonderful version of Der Rosenkavalier with an all star cast. Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Jonas Kaufmann perform in this Decca release with the Munchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann conducting.

For this filming, Baden-Baden Festival Opera is re-staging the celebrated Herbert Wernicke production, already seen in Salzburg (1995) and Paris (1998) – a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear.

“[Fleming] speaks volumes with those expressive eyes and floats the trio's opening phrase to perfection...Sophie Koch produces rich, impassioned sounds and makes a convincing boy...Kaufmann [is] handsome and oddly impressive as the Italian tenor” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 **

“we have Christian Thielemann's immaculately bittersweet conducting and Renée Fleming's Marschallin, sung and acted with superb conviction...Watch out, meanwhile, for Jonas Kaufmann's brief, but sensational appearance as the Italian Tenor.” The Guardian, 11th December 2009 ****

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Sung in English (translation by David Pountney)


Rebecca Evans (Gretel), Jennifer Larmore (Hansel), Jane Henschel (The Witch), Rosalind Plowright (Gertrude), Robert Hayward (Peter), Sarah Tynan (Dew Fairy), Diana Montague (Sandman), Sarah Coppen (Cuckoo)

Philharmonia Orchestra & New London Children’s Choir, Sir Charles Mackerras

“It was Rebecca Evans’s Gretel, who took the honours. Spinning out radiant lines of delicious purity, she made it hard to see how the role could be sung better” The Times

“What distinguishes this version is primarily the vigorous and large-scale conducting of Sir Charles Mackerras.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2007 ****

“All told, this set will clearly stand the test of time as an English version, rivalling even the best of versions in the original German. The exhilaration of the final scene in particular is irresistible, with Mackerras drawing a genuinely Viennese-sounding lilt in the waltz rhythms of the "Witch is dead" duet, the destruction of the Witch's House powerfully conveyed and the revival of the gingerbread children movingly done. ” Gramophone Magazine, September 2007

“When a perfectly serviceable version of Hanseland Gretel in English already exists on CfP, it is generous as well as bold for the Peter Moores Foundation to sponsor this new one. In every way it replaces the old. That was an EMI effort in 1964 using multichannels – the result: unnecessarily close voices and a dim orchestra. On Chandos the recording is clear and beautifully separated yet with an agreeable bloom on voices and instruments.
The Canadian Mario Bernadi, then briefly the Sadler's Wells company's music director, conducts a lively performance but Sir Charles Mackerras is altogether more inspired and imaginative, with pointing and phrasing that readily match Karajan's masterly conducting on the classic mono EMI set.
Though the CfP singers, from the old Sadler's Wells company, are good with clear, firm voices, their 'prunes and prisms' enunciation of words harks back to a pre-war tradition, dating the performance. This time, following the practice at English National Opera, the David Pountney Opera Humperdinck 602 translation is used, fresher and more idiomatic, helping the starry cast of soloists, led by Jennifer Larmore and Rebecca Evans, both superb in the title-roles, nicely contrasted while blending well together.
There is strong casting, too, for the Witch, with Jane Henschel refusing to caricature the role in 'funny-voice' singing; Rosalind Plowright, gravitating down to mature mezzo, as the Mother, and Robert Hayward as the Father, don't guy their characterisations, either; while there are good contrasts between the bright Dew Fairy of Sarah Tynan and the warm Sandman of Diana Montague.
All told, this set will clearly stand the test of time as an English version, rivalling even the best of versions in the original German. The exhilaration of the final scene in particular is irresistible, with Mackerras drawing a genuinely Viennese-sounding lilt in the waltz rhythms of the 'Witch is dead' duet, the destruction of the Witch's House powerfully conveyed and the revival of the gingerbread children movingly done. The fresh young voices of the New London Children's Choir are beautifully caught.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - September 2007

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - August 2007

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Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress

Stravinsky: The Rake's Progress


Paul Plishka (Nick Shadow), Anthony Rolfe-Johnson (Tom Rakewell), Sylvia McNair (Anne Trulove), Donald Adams (Trulove), Jane Henschel (Baba the Turk), Ian Bostridge (Sellem), Raymond Aceto (Keeper), Jane Bunnell (Mother Goose)

Saito Kinen Orchestra, Tokyo Opera Singers, Seiji Ozawa

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella

Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014


Renée Fleming (Arabella), Thomas Hampson (Mandryka), Albert Dohmen, Gabriela Beňačková (Adelaide), Albert Dohmen (Waldner), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Zdenka), Daniel Behle (Matteo), Derek Welton (Dominik), Benjamin Bruns (Elemer), Steven Humes (Lamoral), Daniela Fally (Fiakermilli), Jane Henschel (Kartenaufschlägerin)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Florentine Klepper

2014 celebrates the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Arabella from this year´s Salzburg Easter Festival and is after Capriccio the second R: Strauss Opera C Major is releasing in 2014. Der Rosenkavalier from this year´s Salzburg Festival will be released in fall 2014.

Fantastic star cast: Renèe Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Albert Dohmen (Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, MET), Gabriela Beňačková (Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden)

With Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden „the music of Richard Strauss is in best hands“. (ORF)

Subtitles: Deutsch, Eng, Fra, Spa, Chin, Kor, Jap

Booklet: Englisch, Deutsch, Französisch

No. of Discs: 2

Run time: 178 MIN

Disc Format: NTSC

Picture: 16:9

Audio: PCM Stereo, Dolby 5.1

“Fleming's is a nuanced characterisation, with the right Straussian bloom save for the Act II duet. I just don't believe that this is a young girl grown up fast in the face of feckless parents...Show-stealers are the desperate youngsters, Daniel Behle's suitor Matteo and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller's supportive sibling Zdenka, convincing as both boy and girl.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ***

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella

Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014


Renée Fleming (Arabella), Thomas Hampson (Mandryka), Albert Dohmen, Gabriela Beňačková (Adelaide), Albert Dohmen (Waldner), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Zdenka), Daniel Behle (Matteo), Derek Welton (Dominik), Benjamin Bruns (Elemer), Steven Humes (Lamoral), Daniela Fally (Fiakermilli), Jane Henschel (Kartenaufschlägerin)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Florentine Klepper

2014 celebrates the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Arabella from this year´s Salzburg Easter Festival and is after Capriccio the second R: Strauss Opera C Major is releasing in 2014. Der Rosenkavalier from this year´s Salzburg Festival will be released in fall 2014.

Fantastic star cast: Renèe Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Albert Dohmen (Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, MET), Gabriela Beňačková (Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden)

With Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden „the music of Richard Strauss is in best hands“. (ORF)

“Fleming's is a nuanced characterisation, with the right Straussian bloom save for the Act II duet. I just don't believe that this is a young girl grown up fast in the face of feckless parents...Show-stealers are the desperate youngsters, Daniel Behle's suitor Matteo and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller's supportive sibling Zdenka, convincing as both boy and girl.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ***

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A Guided Tour of the Romantic Era, Vol. 14

A Guided Tour of the Romantic Era, Vol. 14


Patrick de Hooge (piano), Pierre-Alain Volondat (piano), Jean Martin (piano), Miriam Gauci (soprano), Miroslav Dvorsky (tenor), Nicola Martinucci (tenor), Eduard Tumagian (baritone), Maria Kliegel (cello), Matthew Best (bass-baritone), Sarah Fryer (mezzo-soprano), William Kendall (tenor), Neville Creed (choirmaster), Jiri Sulzenko (bass), Fabio Previati (baritone), Richard Novak (bass), Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Ladislav Hallon (tenor), Carmen Gonzales (soprano), Jonathan Welch (tenor), Ivan Urbas (bass), Stanislav Benacka (bass), Boaz Senator (baritone), Helena Hanzelova (soprano), Maria Stahelova (soprano), Jozef Spacek (baritone), Ana Tomkovicova (mezzo-soprano), Robert Szucs (tenor), Nelly Boschkowa (mezzo-soprano), Jozef Abel (tenor), Yordy Ramiro (tenor), Alzbeta Michalkova (contralto), Georg Tichy (baritone), Vladimir Kubovcik (bass), Giorgio Lamberti (tenor), Nelly Miricioiu (soprano), Andrea Piccinni (bass), Jan Durco (baritone), Raimo Sirkia (tenor), Silvano Carroli (baritone), Giovanna Casolla (soprano), Vicenc Esteve (tenor), Felipe Bou (bass), Javier Mas (tenor), Lando Bartolini (tenor), Masako Deguci (soprano), Armando Ariostini (baritone), Jose Garcia-Quijada (baritone), Francisco Heredia (tenor), Gorka Gerrikabeitia (tenor), Guillermo Gonzalez (piano), Jadwiga Rappe (alto), Hanna Lisowska (soprano), Ewa Podles (contralto), Lynda Russell (soprano), Piotr Nowacki (bass), Izabela Klosinska (soprano), Barbara Kubiak (soprano), Wojtek Drabowicz (baritone), Ewa Marciniec (alto), Timothy Bentch (tenor), Jane Henschel (mezzo-soprano), Gregory Kunde (tenor), Hidenori Komatsu (baritone), Bernadette Greevy (mezzo-soprano)

Belgian Radio and Television Philharmonic Orchestra, Slovak Philharmonic Chorus, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus,, Alexander Rahbari, George Hurst, Edward Downes, Adrian Leaper, Michael Halasz, David Hill, Christopher Robinson, Will Humburg, Markus Lehtinen, Antoni Wit, James DePreist, Hans Graf, Cord Garben, Franz-Paul Decker

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Sondheim: Sweeney Todd

Sondheim: Sweeney Todd


Mark Stone (Sweeney Todd), Jane Henschel (Nellie Lovett), Adrian Dwyer (Beadle Bamford), Ronald Samm (Adolfo Pirelli), Pascal Charbonneau (Tobias Ragg), Rebecca Bottone (Joanna), Jonathan Best (Judge Turpin), Diana DiMarzio (Lucy Barker) & Gregg Baker (Anthony)

Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks & Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer

The Complete recording of this musical by Stephen Sondheim

Features soloists such as Mark Stone in the title role and Jane Henschel.

Recorded on the occasion of the Müncher Runfunkerorchester’s 60th birthday.

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