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Mayr: Telemaco

Mayr: Telemaco


Siri Karoline Thornhill, Andrea Lauren Brown, Jaewon Yun, Katharina Ruckgaber (sopranos), Markus Schäfer (tenor), Niklas Mallmann (bass) & Franz Hauk (harpsichord and conductor)

Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Simon Mayr Choir & Concerto de Bassus

Mayr's Telemaco was a product of turbulent political times in the Republic of Venice, which had been occupied by Napoleon's troops in late 1796. Military elements, with incorporated marches, feature strongly in a score that brought to contemporary Venetian theatre many of the innovative elements that were in vogue on the operatic stages of Paris. Taking classical Greek mythological material, Mayr fashioned an opera full of colour, interweaving instrumental interludes and dances into his arias, cavatinas and choruses, and crafting his own very personal vision of the new Italian opera seria.

“There are some beautiful arias and cavatinas as well as duets, and the performance is delightful throughout. Markus Schäfer is very much the authoritative figure and Andrea Lauren Brown is convincingly nasty in much of her recitative. Franz Hauk’s harpsichord accompaniment is sensitively played and the two choirs give pleasing substance to the sound, as does the Concerto de Bassus.” Classical Ear, 24th March 2017 ****

“if you accept Telemaco primarily as a polished vocal-instrumental concert, there's plenty to enjoy...Franz Hauk directs his trim period band with style and affection...Of the soloists, the standout is Siri Karoline Thornhill...She despatches her coloratura with grace and panache, and characterises Telemachus's unenviable plight as much as Mayr's decorous idiom allowed.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2017

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Donizetti: Messa di Gloria and Credo in D major

Donizetti: Messa di Gloria and Credo in D major


 

Messa di Gloria and Credo in D major

Donizetti, Mayr

Donizetti:

Ave Maria

Mayr:

Agnus Dei

Sanctus


Siri Karoline Thornhill (soprano), Marie-Sophie Pollak (soprano), Marie-Sande Papenmeyer (alto), Mark Adler (tenor), Martin Berner (bass) & Theona Gubba-Chkheidze (violin)

Simon Mayr Choir, Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus & Concerto de Bassus, Franz Hauk

While the German tradition observes a strict distinction between sacred and secular styles, the 19th-century Italian Mass can feel more akin to attending an operatic performance. Donizetti’s church music, consisting of at least a hundred items, has hardly been explored.

Individual movements were often later recycled by the composer, in cantata-like fashion, to form a complete Mass, and it is this ad hoc technique that Franz Hauk has used to create a new work, the Messa di Gloria and Credo in D. This includes an expansive Qui sedes with its violin solo written for the famous violinist-composer Pietro Rovelli, and is completed with movements by Johann Simon Mayr from whom Donizetti learned his compositional craft in settings of sacred texts.

“The performances are capable, with solid singing and playing revealing the qualities of church music very much conceived in the Italian style of the day - that is, broadly operatic.” BBC Music Magazine, April 2017 ***

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Verdi: La forza del destino

Verdi: La forza del destino


Anja Harteros (Leonora), Jonas Kaufmann (Alvaro), Ludovic Tézier (Carlo), Nadia Krasteva (Preziosilla), Vitalij Kowaljow (Padre Guardiano), Renato Girolami (Fra Melitone)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Asher Fisch (conductor) & Martin Kušej (director)

Martin Kušej’s thrilling contemporary interpretation of Verdi’s late period opera proved the perfect vehicle for the Bavarian State Opera’s dream team of Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros. The imposing sets’ references to terrorism and the implosion of modern civilization bring the opera’s inherent drama to a breathtaking pinnacle. Specialist promo & marketing activity.

“A large part of the characterisation comes from the sheer quality of Harteros’s singing, poised and perfectly shaped, with an impeccable sense of style, the voice itself slightly hazy in colour but totally focused. This is a wonderful performance...Tézier is hardly less stylish, and sings with thrillingly rich and generous tone.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2016

“Munich had managed to assemble the finest Verdi cast available to sing the opera. It is crowned by a magnificent Leonora from Anja Harteros, perhaps the best thing she has done on disc...and in Jonas Kaufmann she is matched with an Alvaro who is the finest we’ve had since Domingo...For anyone who isn’t entirely allergic to a bit of Regietheater, this is now the one to go for.” MusicWeb International, June 2016

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Wagner: Tannhäuser

Wagner: Tannhäuser

Bayerische Staatsoper 1995


René Kollo (Tannhäuser), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Nadine Secunde (Elisabeth), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Hermann), Claes-Håkan Ahnsjö (Walther von der Vogelweide), Hans Günter Nöcker (Biterolf), James Anderson (Heinrich der Schreiber), Gerhard Auer (Reinmar von Zweter), Johannes Pohl (Hirt)

Bayerische Staatsoper, Zubin Mehta (conductor) & David Alden (director)

Sound Format: PCM Stereo

Picture Format: 4:3 | Original Language: DE

Subtitles: GB, FR, NL | Running Time: 193 mins

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Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Opera Arias

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau sings Opera Arias


Beethoven:

Ha! Welch ein Augenblick! (from Fidelio)

Chorus and Orchestra of Bavarian State Opera, Ferenc Fricsay

Mozart:

Der Vogelfänger bin ich, ja (from Die Zauberflöte)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Ein Mädchen oder Weibchen (from Die Zauberflöte)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Fin ch'han dal vino (from Don Giovanni)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Deh! vieni alla finestra (from Don Giovanni)

RIAS Berlin Symphony Orchestra, Ferenc Fricsa

Verdi:

In braccio alle dovizie (from I Vespri Siciliani)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Pari siamo! (from Rigoletto)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Cortigiani, vil razza dannata (from Rigoletto)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Il balen del suo sorriso (from Il Trovatore)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Alla vita che t'arride (from Un ballo in maschera)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Alzati…Eri tu che macchiavi quell'anima (from Un Ballo in Maschera)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Per me giunto è il di (from Don Carlo)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Ehi! Paggio! ... L'onore! Ladri! (from Falstaff)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Eh! Taverniere … Mondo ladro (from Falstaff)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Alberto Erede

Wagner:

Als du in kuhnem Sange uns bestrittest (from Tannhäuser)

Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Schüchter

O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhäuser)

Orchestra of the Bayreuth Festival, André Cluytens

Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Holländer)

Orchestra of the Berlin State Opera, Franz Konwitschny


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Wagner: Lohengrin

Wagner: Lohengrin


Jonas Kaufmann (Lohengrin), Anja Harteros (Elsa), Wolfgang Koch (Telramund), Michaela Schuster (Ortrud), Christof Fischesser (König Heinrich), Evgeny Nikitin (Herald)

Bavarian State Opera, Kent Nagano

Jonas Kaufmann’s sensational role debut as Wagner’s Lohengrin was the talk of the 2009 Munich Festival.

Filmed in high-def widescreen, Jonas Kaufmann’s bow as Lohengrin is a logical follow-up to the success of his German arias album (4781463), described by Hugh Canning in International Record Review as “one of the vocal records of the year [2009], if not the decade”

His sound, a unique combination of torrid sensuality and radiant, crystalline purity, serves a musico-dramatic intelligence that makes a unity of Lohengrin’s often difficult to reconcile heroic and lyric elements. No wonder La Scena Musicale saluted Jonas Kaufmann “. . . the finest Heldentenor since Jon Vickers . . .”

Partnered by Anja Harteros – per The Opera Critic, “an exceptional Elsa” – Kaufmann heads a stellar cast conducted by Kent Nagano

“Nothing clutters Jones’s focus on the opera’s heart...When Kaufmann’s tenor dips to pianissimo for the Grail narrative, we’re putty in his hands. Physically noble and charismatic, subtly acting and interacting, he’s never a star on a pedestal...Nagano adopts a refreshingly temperate approach, avoiding juggernaut blasts but delighting in details and phrasing.” The Times, 21st May 2010 ****

“Richard Jones's and designer Ultz's stage, set in the 1930s, shows an autocratic country where the law is preluded by military fanfares and announced by a single speaker (the Herald). The young cast is led superbly by Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2010

“This is the Lohengrin voice of dreams; both romantic and heroic, with a gentle, well-nourished warmth, capable of a perfectly graduated diminuendo...a major contribution is no doubt made by Kent Nagano's sympathetic conducting and the fine playing of his Munich orchestra.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2010

“Without question, the musical performance is very good, and in the case of the title role, sung by Jonas Kaufmann, I would say it is perfect, and easily the best account of this tricky role I have ever heard. Kaufmann is also noble-looking, handsome and acts with natural grace and conviction...Kent Nagano is the often inspired and at all times fine conductor.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2010 ****

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Decca - 0743387

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Filmed in HD at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), 03/2010


Alain Vernhes (Marquis de la Force), Susan Gritton (Blanche de la Force), Bernard Richter (Chevalier de la Force), Sylvie Brunet (Madame de Croissy), Soile Isokoski (Madame Lidoine), Susanne Resmark (Mère Marie), Hélène Guilmette (Soeur Constance), Heike Grötzinger (Mère Jeanne) & Anaïk Morel (Soeur Mathilde)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Kent Nagano

Stage direction and set design: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes Elena Zaytseva, Lighting Gleb Filshtinsky

A passionate lover of the human voice, Francis Poulenc composed the Dialogues des Carmélites in 1953, using a libretto he himself had written from a screenplay by Georges Bernanos. The first ever performances in Munich, this production was entrusted to Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose worldwide reputation is underpinned by productions like Eugene Onegin and Macbeth at the Paris Opera and Don Giovanni at Aixen-Provence.

The superb international cast includes a fine Blanche de la Force in Susan Gritton and an excellent Madame de Croissy by Sylvie Brunet, who was favourably compared to Rita Gorr in the press. They are superbly backed up by Soile Isokoski, Susanne Resmark, Hélène Guilmette, Alain Vernhes and the fabulous Bernard Richter.

Kent Nagano with the Dialogues literally at his fingertips – he recorded a landmark version some years ago – is at the helm of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Duration : 146 minutes

Subtitles : Fr, Eng, Ger, Spa

Colour 16/9, NTSC

PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1

“[the production is] set in a soulless authoritarian state but filmed in a way that underlines individual dilemmas and common humanity. It is worth watching for Sylvie Brunet’s doughty Madame de Croissy, Soile Isokoski’s gracious Madame Lidoine and Susan Gritton’s winning Blanche.” Financial Times, 4th June 2011 ***

“Tcherniakov's production is probably the most physically active Dialogues ever staged. Everyone is seemingly in constant motion...Sylvie Brunet is a memorably formidable and pitiable Croissy...Helen Guilmette's Constance, lively but never cloying or cute, is immeasurably enhanced by heavenly floated pianissimi...Isokoski, suitably dignified in her role, is in ravishing voice.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmélites

Filmed in HD at the Bayerische Staatsoper (Munich), 03/2010


Alain Vernhes (Marquis de la Force), Susan Gritton (Blanche de la Force), Bernard Richter (Chevalier de la Force), Sylvie Brunet (Madame de Croissy), Soile Isokoski (Madame Lidoine), Susanne Resmark (Mère Marie), Hélène Guilmette (Soeur Constance), Heike Grötzinger (Mère Jeanne) & Anaïk Morel (Soeur Mathilde)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester & Chor der Bayerischen Staatsoper, Kent Nagano

Stage direction and set design: Dmitri Tcherniakov

Costumes Elena Zaytseva, Lighting Gleb Filshtinsky

A passionate lover of the human voice, Francis Poulenc composed the Dialogues des Carmélites in 1953, using a libretto he himself had written from a screenplay by Georges Bernanos. The first ever performances in Munich, this production was entrusted to Dmitri Tcherniakov, whose worldwide reputation is underpinned by productions like Eugene Onegin and Macbeth at the Paris Opera and Don Giovanni at Aixen-Provence.

The superb international cast includes a fine Blanche de la Force in Susan Gritton and an excellent Madame de Croissy by Sylvie Brunet, who was favourably compared to Rita Gorr in the press. They are superbly backed up by Soile Isokoski, Susanne Resmark, Hélène Guilmette, Alain Vernhes and the fabulous Bernard Richter.

Kent Nagano with the Dialogues literally at his fingertips – he recorded a landmark version some years ago – is at the helm of the Bavarian State Opera Orchestra and Chorus.

Subtitles : Fr, Eng, Ger, Spa

Colour 1080i HD, 16/9

PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio

“[the production is] set in a soulless authoritarian state but filmed in a way that underlines individual dilemmas and common humanity. It is worth watching for Sylvie Brunet’s doughty Madame de Croissy, Soile Isokoski’s gracious Madame Lidoine and Susan Gritton’s winning Blanche.” Financial Times, 4th June 2011 ***

“Tcherniakov's production is probably the most physically active Dialogues ever staged. Everyone is seemingly in constant motion...Sylvie Brunet is a memorably formidable and pitiable Croissy...Helen Guilmette's Constance, lively but never cloying or cute, is immeasurably enhanced by heavenly floated pianissimi...Isokoski, suitably dignified in her role, is in ravishing voice.” International Record Review, July/August 2011

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Mayr: Stabat Mater in F minor, Eja mater & Ave maris stella

Mayr: Stabat Mater in F minor, Eja mater & Ave maris stella


Mayr:

Stabat Mater in F minor

Jaewon Yun (soprano), Theresa Holzhauser (contralto), Robert Sellier (tenor), Jens Hamann (bass)

Simon Mayr Chorus, Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, Concerto de Bassus

Eja mater

Jaewon Yun (soprano), Theresa Holzhauser (contralto), Robert Sellier (tenor), Jens Hamann (bass)

Concerto de Bassus

Ave maris stella

Andrea Lauren Brown (soprano), Theresa Holzhauser (contralto), Markus Schäfer (tenor), Virgil Mischok (bass)

Simon Mayr Chorus, Members of the Bavarian State Opera Chorus, I Virtuosi Italiani


Restored by Mayr expert Frans Hauk from two extant manuscript versions and heard here in its world premiere recording, Simon Mayr’s Stabat mater in F minor was singled out by a contemporary biographer “for its marvelous effect” and “heavenly beauty.” Mayr himself frequently returned to this work, recycling one of its movements in his great Requiem. The song-like Ave maris stella builds on a hymn that dates back to the 8th century. Born in Neuburg an der Donau in 1955, Franz Hauk studied church and school music, with piano and organ, at the Munich Musikhochschule and in Salzburg. In 1988 he took his doctorate with a thesis on church music in Munich and at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Since 1982 he has served as organist at Ingolstadt Minster, and since 1995 also as choirmaster. He has given concerts in Europe and the United States and made a number of recordings. Since October 2002 he has taught in the historical performance and church music department of the Hochschule fur Musik und Theater, Munich. He founded the Simon Mayr Chorus in 2003.

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Verdi: La Traviata

Verdi: La Traviata


Ileana Cotrubas (Violetta Valery), Stefania Malagù (Flora Bervoix), Helena Jungwirth (Annina), Plácido Domingo (Alfredo Germont), Sherrill Milnes (Giorgio Germont), Walter Gullino (Gastone), Giovanni Foiani (Dottore Grenvil), Bruno Grella (Barone Douphol), Alfredo Giacomotti (Marchese d'Obigny)

Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper, Carlos Kleiber

DG - 4796706

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