Christian Thielemann

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Christian Thielemann

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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).

SOUND FORMAT: Blu-ray: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 63 mins

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Wiener Musikverein, 2010


This Beethoven Symphony No. 9 from the outstanding Beethoven 9 Project of Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker, first time recorded in HD and 5.0 surround sound, is accompanied by a one hour-long documentary featuring Christian Thielemann and Germany´s most eminent music critic, Prof. Joachim Kaiser. From insights into Beethoven´s musical thinking to interpretational comparisons, including excerpts from performances by Karajan, Bernstein, Järvi, to historical perspectives – no aspect of Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 will remain untreated!

BONUS: Maestro Thielemann and Joachim Kaiser discuss and analyse in an entertaining conversational exchange Thielemann’s interpretation, complemented by excerpts from rehearsals as well as by comparisons of Beethoven cycles with Karajan, Bernstein and Järvi.

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DVD: DTS 5.0, PCM Stereo

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins Concert: 80’ + Bonus: 58’

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 'Choral'

Wiener Musikverein, 2010


This Beethoven Symphony No. 9 from the outstanding Beethoven 9 Project of Christian Thielemann and the Wiener Philharmoniker, first time recorded in HD and 5.0 surround sound, is accompanied by a one hour-long documentary featuring Christian Thielemann and Germany´s most eminent music critic, Prof. Joachim Kaiser. From insights into Beethoven´s musical thinking to interpretational comparisons, including excerpts from performances by Karajan, Bernstein, Järvi, to historical perspectives – no aspect of Beethoven´s Symphony No. 9 will remain untreated!

BONUS: Maestro Thielemann and Joachim Kaiser discuss and analyse in an entertaining conversational exchange Thielemann’s interpretation, complemented by excerpts from rehearsals as well as by comparisons of Beethoven cycles with Karajan, Bernstein and Järvi.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.0, PCM 2.0

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English, French, Spanish, Italian, Korean, Chinese

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 138 mins Concert: 80’ + Bonus: 58’

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel


Adrian Eröd (Peter), Janina Baechle (Gertrud), Daniela Sindram (Hänsel), Ileana Tonca (Gretel), Michaela Schuster (Witch), Annika Gerhards (Sandman, Dew Fairy)

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper & Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Adrian Noble (director)

Based on one of the best-loved stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hänsel und Gretel soon became one of the most-performed operas in the world and has remained enduringly popular with both children and adults ever since.This is the first production at the Wiener Staatsoper since World War II – inventively staged by Adrian Noble, former Artistic Director of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel

Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel


Adrian Eröd (Peter), Janina Baechle (Gertrud), Daniela Sindram (Hänsel), Ileana Tonca (Gretel), Michaela Schuster (Witch), Annika Gerhards (Sandman, Dew Fairy)

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper & Bühnenorchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Adrian Noble (director)

Based on one of the best-loved stories by the Brothers Grimm, Hänsel und Gretel soon became one of the most-performed operas in the world and has remained enduringly popular with both children and adults ever since.This is the first production at the Wiener Staatsoper since World War II – inventively staged by Adrian Noble, former Artistic Director of Britain’s Royal Shakespeare Company.

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde


Stephen Gould (Tristan), Evelyn Herlitzius (Isolde), Georg Zeppenfeld (König Marke), Iain Paterson (Kurwenal), Raimund Nolte (Melot), Christa Mayer (Brangäne), Tansel Akzeybek (Ein Hirt), Kay Stiefermann (Ein Steuermann), Tansel Akzeybek (Junger Seemann)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Katharina Wagner (stage director)

An important and highly-anticipated new production of Wagner's take on this ultimate, immortal tale of love and longing by the composer's great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner. Featuring some of today's most prominent vocalists and Christian Thielemann, arguably the most important Wagner conductor of our day and age

This is the first installment of an exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label becomes the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tristan & Isolde this production was premiered on 25 July 2015 and marked the high-point of last year’s Bayreuth Festival.

“Katharina Wagner now gets a novel focus on Tristan und Isolde by stripping the work, its characters and its settings almost entirely of Romantic illusions and pretensions...The concentrated acting performances are closely supported by Christian Thielemann’s approach...This is an important and compelling addition to the number of worthwhile interventionist Bayreuth productions.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2016

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Wagner: Tristan und Isolde

Wagner: Tristan und Isolde


Stephen Gould (Tristan), Evelyn Herlitzius (Isolde), Georg Zeppenfeld (König Marke), Iain Paterson (Kurwenal), Raimund Nolte (Melot), Christa Mayer (Brangäne), Tansel Akzeybek (Ein Hirt), Kay Stiefermann (Ein Steuermann), Tansel Akzeybek (Junger Seemann)

Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Christian Thielemann (conductor) & Katharina Wagner (stage director)

An important and highly-anticipated new production of Wagner's take on this ultimate, immortal tale of love and longing by the composer's great-granddaughter Katharina Wagner. Featuring some of today's most prominent vocalists and Christian Thielemann, arguably the most important Wagner conductor of our day and age

This is the first installment of an exclusive, multiyear partnership between Deutsche Grammophon and the Bayreuth Festival, in which the Yellow Label becomes the exclusive audiovisual partner of the mythical Wagner festival, releasing each edition's new production on DVD/Blu-ray.

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Tristan & Isolde this production was premiered on 25 July 2015 and marked the high-point of last year’s Bayreuth Festival.

“Katharina Wagner now gets a novel focus on Tristan und Isolde by stripping the work, its characters and its settings almost entirely of Romantic illusions and pretensions...The concentrated acting performances are closely supported by Christian Thielemann’s approach...This is an important and compelling addition to the number of worthwhile interventionist Bayreuth productions.” Gramophone Magazine, September 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


DG - 4793985

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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

Profil Medien Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - PH15013

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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

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here

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

Presto Disc of the Week

18th March 2016

Presto Discs of 2016

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