Katarina Dalayman

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

Subtitles: GB, FR, DE, SP, IT

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestra sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

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Sony - 88883725589

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Jonas Kaufmann (Parsifal), Katarina Dalayman (Kundry), Peter Mattei (Amfortas), René Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Klingsor), Rúni Brattaberg (Titurel), Maria Zifchak (Stimme)

Orchestra of the Metropolitan Opera, Daniele Gatti, Francois Girard (dir.)

Metropolitan Opera Broadcast

François Girard's new production of Wagner's Parsifal, conducted by Daniele Gatti and starring Jonas Kaufmann, Katarina Dalayman, and René Pape in the leading roles, opened February 15 to popular and critical acclaim.

Wagner at first ordained that Parsifal be staged only in Bayreuth, at his own theater. The music drama was introduced there on July 26, 1882, six months before the composer's death. Against the wishes of Wagner's heirs, Heinrich Conried presented the U.S. stage premiere of the work during his first season as general manager of the Metropolitan Opera, in 1903. Protests from Wagner's widow, Cosima, brought the issue to court. Ultimately Conried won, and the Metropolitan's version was hailed by some critics as superior to Bayreuth's. The Met's next new Parsifal production, in 1920, was directed by Richard Ordynski and designed by Josef Urban, whose decors were not replaced until 1956, when the company presented a new staging by Herbert Graf. The Met subsequently offered new Parsifal productions in 1970 (Nathaniel Merrill) and 1991 (Otto Schenk). The company's new staging by François Girard, a coproduction with the Opéra National de Lyon and Canadian Opera Company, had its Met premiere on February 15, 2013, with Daniele Gatti conducting.

“Few better casts could be imagined than the one the Met has assembled here. Jonas Kaufmann is the rare Wagnerian hero you can believe in.” **** Bachtrack

“The conductor Daniele Gatti draws diaphanous playing from the great Met orchestra and captures the shifting currents of this richly chromatic and complex score.”NYTimes.com

“At 43 Mr. Kaufmann is in his glory, equally adept in German, Italian and French repertory. Handsome and limber, he is a natural onstage. The baritonal colorings of his sound, his clarion top notes, the blend of virility and tenderness in his singing, his refined musicianship — all these strengths come together in his distinctive Parsifal.” NYTimes.com

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

“Kaufmann is the Parsifal we've all been waiting for...Matching his agonies are those of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Katarina Dalayman's lustrous, secure Kundry, while the relaxed, minimal gestures of Rene Pape's Gurnemanz bely the vocal armoury he unleashes in the last Act. Gatti's pacing isn't my ideal...but on its own terms it's remarkable.” BBC Music Magazine, June 2014 *****

“The orchestra sound is consistently rich and resonant...The impassioned intensity Jonas Kaufmann brings to Parsifal's music is matched by the rhetorical conviction of Peter Mattei's Amfortas and Evgeny Nikitin's Klingsor...This is very much Wagner for the 21st century.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2014

“The cast is magnificent...The biggest revelation is Peter Mattei’s searing Amfortas...[Kaufmann's] transformation from the gauche, feral boy of the first act to the grizzled spiritual leader of the last is masterfully paced...Gatti lets everything unfold in its own time, to luminous, hypnotic effect.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 17th February 2014

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Franz Berwald – A Musical Portrait

Franz Berwald – A Musical Portrait


Stefan Lindgren (piano), Clas Skold (bass), Ulric Andersson (tenor), Per Erik Martenson (baritone), Katarina Dalayman (soprano), Lena Nordin (soprano), Stephen Smith (tenor), Anders Lorentzson (bass-baritone), Lucia Negro (piano), Bernt Lysell (violin), Ola Karlsson (cello)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berwald Quartet, The, Lysell String Quartet, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Chamber Choir, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Stig Westerberg

Musica Sveciae - MSCD907

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$14.25

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Classical Music at the Movies - Romantic Comedy

Classical Music at the Movies - Romantic Comedy


Bertalan Hock (organ), Hae Won Chang (piano), Miriam Gauci (soprano), Benjamin Frith (piano), Monika Krause (soprano), Yordy Ramiro (tenor), Ivica Neshybova (soprano), Thomas Sunnegardh (tenor), Katarina Dalayman (soprano), Daniela Longhi (soprano), Maurizio Frusoni (tenor), Jonathan Welch (tenor), Luba Orgonasova (soprano), Norbert Kraft (guitar)

Camerata Cassovia, Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Capella Istropolitana, Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra, Kosice, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Swedish Orchestra, Budapest Festival Chorus, Hungarian State Opera O, Robert Stankovsky, Alexander Rahbari, Adrian Leaper, Barry Wordsworth, Anthony Bramall, Leif Segerstam, Will Humburg, Andrew Mogrelia, Nicholas Ward, Michael Halasz

Naxos Digital Compilations - 900131

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Berwald: Estrella di Soria

Berwald: Estrella di Soria


Clas Skold (bass), Katarina Dalayman (soprano), Lena Nordin (soprano), Stephen Smith (tenor), Anders Lorentzson (bass-baritone), Ulric Andersson (tenor), Per Erik Martenson (baritone)

Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Malmo Chamber Choir, Stig Westerberg

Musica Sveciae - MSCD523

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Wagner: Götterdämmerung

Wagner: Götterdämmerung


Katarina Dalayman (Brünnhilde), Lars Cleveman (Siegfried), Peter Coleman-Wright (Gunther), Attila Jun (Hagen), Nancy Gustafson (Gutrune), Susan Bickley (Waltraute), Andrew Shore (Alberich), Ceri Williams (First Norn), Yvonne Howard (Second Norn), Miranda Keys (Third Norn), Katherine Broderick (Woglinde), Madeleine Shaw (Wellgunde) & Leah-Marian Jones (Flosshilde)

The Hallé, Hallé Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, The Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus, Sir Mark Elder

Playable on MP3 compatible disc players and MP3 portable devices.

This disc also contains the full libretto and English translation as a pdf document.

May 2010 Hallé releases the live recording of their universally acclaimed performance of Wagner's Götterdämmerung. In a landmark move the orchestra will release the opera in dual format; as both an MP3 and standard 5 disc CD set, making the recording available to the widest possible audience.

The recording was taken live at sell-out concerts, which were the showpiece of the Hallé’s 2009 artistic season. Anticipation had been high since the dates were first announced, given the superb cast and Sir Mark Elder's unrivalled reputation as one of the finest Wagner conductors in the world. The atmosphere at the concerts was electric, the critics unanimous in their praise and the audience ecstatic. This recording perfectly captures the drama and intensity of this great musical occasion, with orchestral playing of unrivalled quality and universally acclaimed performances from the whole cast. Without doubt, this was one of the most exciting musical events ever to have been staged in The Bridgewater Hall.

The Hallé will release Götterdämmerung in MP3 format in a direct appeal to both younger audiences and as a way of offering a cost effective option to those who already have a recording of the work. MP3 is seen as an environmentally friendly solution, using only 20% of the packaging required for a 5 CD set and cutting the carbon footprint for shipping and storage (heating) by 80%. This new set will be released in MP3 format at 320 kbps, the highest possible MP3 bit rate. Customers will be able to transfer the files directly to their ipod or MP3 player or to play the discs on their computer, most DVD players and newer, MP3 compatible, CD players. Both formats will be accompanied by a printed booklet containing a synopsis. A full libretto will be included as a pdf file on both the standard CD release and the MP3 Edition.

Sir Mark Elder said, “The experience for us all of absorbing this great music was daunting and thrilling in equal measure. To hear it unfolding in the wonderful acoustic of the Bridgewater Hall gave the end of last season a fitting climax.”

“the splendour of the playing...and Elder’s measured but always momentous conducting, are the main reasons for acquiring this five-disc set...Susan Bickley, as Waltraute, is the vocal star, with her limpid tone and clear diction, and Lars Cleveman’s youthful Siegfried admirably lasts the course, touching the heart at his death.” Sunday Times, 9th May 2010

“Mark Elder's Götterdämmerung ideally combines dramatic urgency and exquisitely metered orchestral timbre...Gripping yet measured from the Norns' first scene, it boasts a resolute yet vulnerable Brünnhilde from Katarina Dalayman. The Hallé is, however, the star, with thrilling brass and glowing strings.” The Independent on Sunday, 16th May 2010

“Elder and his orchestra certainly do not disappoint; the playing has wonderful refinement and presence, and Elder paces the great musical span and the set pieces with the surest of hands.” The Guardian, 20th May 2010 ***

“The freshness of attack, quality of playing and grandeur of climactic moments, notably Siegfried's death, invoke ferocity as well as intimacy...Katarina Dalayman's risk-taking Brünnhilde and Susan Bickley's intelligent Waltraute stand out. Norns and Rhinemaidens have sirenic charm and character...this is worth every penny.” The Observer, 23rd May 2010

“There is evidence of how Elder has absorbed Goodall-like detail and patience and passed it on to his players...Rhinemaidens and Norns (definitely some Wagnerians of the future here) are rich individually and together...it's the most compelling and best-cast Götterdämmerung on disc since Barenboim's from Bayreuth.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“With the Hallé his willing and accomplished servants, [Elder] gives a quite magnificent account of the mighty score, characterised by the majestic weight and warm glow associated with his mentor Sir Reginald Goodall...he shows a mature sense of its overarching pace and dramatic paragraphing.” The Telegraph, 4th June 2010 ****

“This is a beautifully paced performance - measured, poetic but dynamic. The orchestra responds superbly....Katarina Dalayman is one of the most appealing Brünnhildes on disc, Lars Cleveman a stalwart Siegfried, Attila Jun a striking Hagen...and Andrew Shore singing Alberich's nocturne brings Bayreuth magic.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2010 *****

GGramophone Magazine

Editor's Choice - July 2010

Hallé - CDHLM7530

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$17.00

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Hammerth: The Stockholm Cantata

Hammerth: The Stockholm Cantata


Katarina Dalayman (soprano), Loa Falkman (baritone), Rikard Wolff (speaker)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Leif Segerstam

Phono Suecia - PSCD121

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Embrio

Embrio


Jeppsson:

Impossibile

Ingrid Tobiasson (mezzo-soprano)

Kam-marensembleN, Joakim Unander

Embrio

Katarina Dalayman (soprano)

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Mats Rondin

String Quartet No. 2

Talekvartetten

Kvinnosånger

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra

De mörka änglarna - Tre motetter

Gustaf Sjökvist’s Chamber Choir, Gustaf Sjökvist


“Much fine, worthwhile and often beautiful music here that generously repays repeated hearings. All the performances are very fine and well recorded, and serve the music well. I now look forward to hearing more of Jeppsson’s music soon. Recommended.” MusicWeb International, November 2003

Phono Suecia - PSCD141

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde


Ben Heppner (Tristan), Jane Eaglen (Isolde), Katarina Dalayman (Brangaene), René Pape (Konig Marke), Hans-Joachim Ketelsen (Kurwenal), Brian Davis (Melot), Mark Schowalter (Hirt), James Courtney (Steuerman), Anthony Dean Griffey (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)

Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, James Levine

“both [Heppner and Eaglen] are vocally at their peak, singing like angels, totally unstrained and finely focused. The young René Pape as King Mark is formidably impressive too, with Katarina Dalayman a superb Brangäne...Levine brings out the power and concentration of this epic, drawing brilliant playing from the Met. Orchestra” Penguin Guide, 2010 ***

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Berg: Wozzeck

Berg: Wozzeck


Naxos Opera Classics - 8660076-77

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.50

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