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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

C Major presents for May from Bayreuth Festival 1998 conducted by the great Wagner conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli Parsifal, never before available on Blu-ray.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

This programme is too available on DVD 705908

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

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Wagner Essentials

Wagner Essentials


Various Artists, Peter Seiffert (tenor vocals), Jane Eaglen (soprano vocals), Rolando Villazon (tenor vocals), Daniel Barenboim, Felicity Palmer (mezzo-soprano vocals), Chor der Deutschen Staatsoper Berlin (chorus), René Pape (bass vocals), Marjana Lipovsek (mezzo-soprano vocals), Waltraud Meier (soprano vocals), Poul Elming (tenor vocals), Nadine Secunde (soprano vocals), Waltraud Meier (mezzo-soprano vocals), Anne Evans (soprano vocals), Philip Kang (bass vocals), Siegfried Jerusalem (tenor vocals), Kurt Schreibmayer (tenor vocals), Cornelius Hauptmann (bass vocals)

Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Staatskapelle Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim, Daniel Borenboim

Warner Classics Essentials - 2564663173

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Wagner: Parsifal

Wagner: Parsifal


Falk Struckmann (Amfortas), Matthias Hölle (Titurel), Hans Sotin (Gurnemanz), Poul Elming (Parsifal), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Klingsor), Linda Watson (Kundry)

Orchestra of the Bayreuther Festspiele, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor) & Wolfgang Wagner (stage director)

Finally on DVD, the 1998 production of Wagner’s Parsifal from the Bayreuth Festival. in mystically poetic staging that exerts an unbroken fascination not least as a result of its expressive lighting effects.

Conducted by Giuseppe Sinopoli and directed by Wagner’s Grandson Wolfgang Wagner.

The four main roles are taken by Poul Elming, Linda Watson, Falk Struckmann and Hans Sotin – one of the strongest line-ups in Bayreuth’s more recent history.

First DVD release of this 1998 production.

Running Time 268 minutes

Picture 16:9, colour

Sound PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1

Subtitles German (original language), English, French, Spanish

Packaging NTSC: Amaray 2 DVD

Booklet English, German, French

“impressively atmospheric and gorgeously played” BBC Music Magazine, August 2011 ****

“the fact that Wolfgang Wagner's production and design are characteristically traditional and unchallenging might actually be a plus-point for many...The long dialogue scene between Kundry and Parsifal is done with outstanding musical and dramatic conviction...Struckmann, Elming and the veteran Hans Sotin are all at their vocal best, while Sinopoli responds to the simplicity of the staging by letting the music speak with maximum expressiveness.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2011

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Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Sung in Danish


Sten Byriel (bass), Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), John Lundgren (baritone), Camilla Nylund (soprano) & Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

Danish National Choir & Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

Region Code: ABC

Subtitles: English, German and French

Dacapo's very first Blu-ray production features Rued Langgaard's powerful vision of the coming of Antikrist in the spectacular co-production with the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) from 2002.

No punches are pulled as the composer's breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society.

“Langgaard’s Antikrist is fabulous – a genuine, undiscovered, eccentric masterpiece.” Classics Today

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Gade: Baldur's Dream / Fruhlings-Botschaft

Gade: Baldur's Dream / Fruhlings-Botschaft


Marianne Rorholm (mezzo-soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), Per Hoyer (baritone)

Canzone Choir, Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Frans Rasmussen

Classico - CLASSCD611

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Hartmann - The Key Masterpieces

Hartmann - The Key Masterpieces


Hartmann, J P E:

Hakon Karl, Op. 40 (1844)

Andantino and 8 Variations in C major

Sonata in D minor, Op. 34

Fantasia for Organ in F Minor, Op. 20

Suite for Violin and Piano in A minor, Op. 66

Liden Kirsten:Act II (beginning)

Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano) & Poul Elming (tenor)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt

Symphony No. 1 in G minor, Op. 17

Vølvens Spådom, Op. 71 (1870-72)


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Dacapo Perspectives - 8226103-04

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Bayeruth Festival Staging


Siegfried Jerusalem (Tristan), Waltraud Meier (Isolde), Matthias Hölle (Konig Marke), Falk Struckmann (Kurwenal), Uta Priew (Brangaene), Poul Elming (Melot), Peter Maus (Hirt), Sándor Sólyom-Nagy (Steuermann), Poul Elming (Stimme eines jungen Seemanns)

Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele, Daniel Barenboim

Tristan und Isolde in the acclaimed production by Heiner Müller from the Bayreuth festival from 1995, conducted by Daniel Barenboim with fire and sensitivity. Siegfried Jerusalem as Tristan and Waltraud Meier as Isolde have consistently drawn enthusiastic acclaim for their performance, not only in the year of the premiere, but in subsequent years as well

Heiner Müller and stage designer Erich Wonder have compressed the monumental story into a clear and fascinating geometry of love. Wonder created highly evocative spaces through projections of colours and forms which shift according to the mood

One widely noted example of Müller´s elegant, restrained interpretation, in which small gestures replace sweeping displays of passion, is the famous love duet, in which Tristan and Isolde, instead of embracing rapturously, stand back to back and side by side and touch, ever so lightly, only the tips of their fingers.

Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish

“Daniel Barenboim's earliest performances of Tristan at Bayreuth are documented in a DVD of the 1981 production by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (filmed in 1983) with René Kollo and Johanna Meier in the title-roles (available from DG). In 1993, when he was vastly more experienced and assured in his handling of this formidable score, Barenboim returned to the work in conjunction with playwright and theatre director Heiner Müller. This recording was made two years later, over seven days during the festival's rehearsal period. One imagines that the acts were filmed (without audiences) on separate days, to great advantage where the singers' stamina is concerned: but one particularly evident edit, at the point of Isolde's long-awaited entrance in Act 3, indicates that this is in some respects a hybrid product, halfway between a live performance and a studio version of a particular staging.
This is a fine and intensely moving account of a supreme masterpiece of musical theatre. It is not perfect, with the setting for Act 2 particularly unappealing, but it is serious in its dramatic, theatrical intent, and (that Act 2 setting apart) accomplished in its realisation. Müller's conception of the work is austere, not expecting setting or acting to get in the way of things which are best left to the music, and on the whole he has managed a difficult assignment with flair and conviction. Nowhere is this clearer than at the end, where Waltraud Meier sings the Liebestod from the front of the stage, with no semaphoring gestures and only facial expression and beautifully graded vocal projection to convey the essence of the drama.
Singers with more opulent voices have undertaken the role, yet Meier's contained, richly nuanced approach to both acting and singing is ideally suited to this production. Her Tristan, Siegfried Jerusalem, is no less impressive, with a poised demeanour avoiding the woodenness that afflicts so many Wagner tenors. Add a marvellously sonorous Marke in Matthias Hölle, no weaknesses in the other roles, and the virtues stack up to something special.
Does Barenboim's very explicit musical moulding actually fit with such a restrained stage production? Or is the whole point in the contrast between the visible and the audible? Such basic questions make one think yet again about the nature and significance of Wagner's most provocative and inexhaustible work for the stage.
Something special, indeed.”
Gramophone Classical Music Guide, 2010

“This is a fine an intensely moving account of a supreme masterpiece of musical theatre. Müller's conception of the work is austere… and on the whole he has managed a difficult assignment with flair and conviction. …Meier's contained, richly nuanced approach to both acting and singing is ideally suited to this production. Her Tristan Siegfried Jerusalem, is not less impressive, with a poised demeanour avoiding the woodenness that afflicts so many Wagner tenors. Add a marvellously sonorous Marke in Matthias Hölle, no weaknesses in the other roles, and in the virtues stack up to something special.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2008

“As for the long awaited debuts of Meier and Jerusalem, the audience was ecstatic, so much so that Jerusalem excitedly hugged and kissed his partner several times during the curtain calls” Herald Tribune

“...a splendid partnership of Siegfried Jerusalem at his finest and the rich-voiced Waltraud Meier, also at her freshest...Barenboim is in his element” Penguin Guide, 2010 ****

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Nielsen - The Symphonies Volume 2

Nielsen - The Symphonies Volume 2


Nielsen:

Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Inger Dam-Jensen & Poul Elming

Symphony No. 2, Op. 16 (FS29) 'The Four temperaments'


The Six Symphonies, which become increasingly adventurous as the cycle progresses, are essentially tonal, emotionally direct works, which alternate long lines of melody with passages of blazing energy. The idea of writing a symphony based on the Four Temperaments – The Choleric, The Sanguine, The Melancholic and The Phlegmatic, came to Nielsen when he saw a primitive peasant painting in a village inn. The title of the Third Symphony, Sinfonia espansiva, an afterthought, has been explained as an expansion of the scope of the mind and of the life that comes with it.

“[On the original Dacapo releases] This is the welcome completion of what now ranks, in my judgment, as the best set of the Nielsen symphonies yet accomplished in the recording medium.” Fanfare

Naxos - 8570738

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Nielsen: Maskarade

Nielsen: Maskarade


 

Bonus material: Introductions to Maskarade, Making of Maskarade

Nielsen:

Maskarade

Sung in Danish


Stephen Milling (Jeronimus), Susanne Resmark (Magdelone), Niels Jørgen Riis (Leander), Johan Reuter (Henrik), Ole Hedegaard (Arv), Poul Elming (Leonard), Gisella Stille (Leonora), Hanne Fischer (Pernille), Sten Byriel (En vægter), Anders Jakobsson (Maskarademester), Jakob Bloch Jespersen (En magister)

The Royal Danish Opera Choir, The Royal Danish Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt

The premiere production was a decided audience success and a more or less unanimous press acknowledged the music as original. “The first act works excellently. After this one would swear that Carl Nielsen was born to write opéra comique. So smooth, so dexterous, such a quick turn of phrase, such aptness in the dialogue, with fine phrases and droll ideas; equally felicitous in the treatment of the text, the singing roles, the instruments of the orchestra. In the craft of music, it is a fully-fledged master who holds the pen; one’s thoughts can only resort to Verdi in ‘Falstaff’ to find a parallel.” Nationaltidende (1906)

Stage directors: Kasper Bech Holten, Morgan Alling & DVD producers: Thorleif Hoppe, Niels Severin

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Der Er Et Yndigt Land

Der Er Et Yndigt Land


Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), Michael Kristensen (tenor), Johannes Soe Hansen (violin)

Radiosymfonikerna, Radio Chorus, Michael Schonwandt

Dacapo - 8224141

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