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Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 42

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 42


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'


Even when Dresden lay in ruins after the Second World War, Bruckner was performed. Between 1945 and 1950, the young GMD Joseph Keilberth conducted what may have been the first complete cycle of all “original” Bruckner symphonies. 1946 brought the first performance of the Third Symphony in its original version: late in the day, the Staatskapelle gained the status of a Bruckner premiere orchestra (illustrated by the 2008 recording of this version with Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Edition Staatskapelle Dresden, Volume 39). The Bruckner tradition is alive today within the Staatskapelle Dresden. It is documented in recent times by the now legendary complete recording of Bruckner’s symphonies under Eugen Jochum between 1975 and 1980, concerts and recordings under Giuseppe Sinopoli and Bernard Haitink and the current Bruckner cycle under Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann.

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Johan Botha: Wiener Staatsoper Live

Johan Botha: Wiener Staatsoper Live

1997 - 2014: Beethoven, Wagner, Strauss


Beethoven:

Gott! Welch Dunkel hier! (from Fidelio)

Strauss, R:

Amme, wachst du? (from Die Frau ohne Schatten)

Marjana Lipovšek (Amme)

Zu dir nun, Knabe! (from Daphne)

Ricarda Merbeth (Daphne)

Bin ich ein Gott, schuf mich ein Gott? (from Ariadne auf Naxos)

Soile Isokoski (Ariadne), Valentina Nafornită (Najade), Rachel Frenkel (Dryade), Olga Bezsmertna (Echo), Daniela Fally (Zerbinetta)

Wagner:

Hör' an, Wolfram! … Inbrunst im Herzen (from Tannhauser)

Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram)

Atmest du nicht mit mir die süssen Düfte? (from Lohengrin)

Cheryl Studer (Elsa)

Morgenlich leuchtend im rosigen Schein 'Prize Song' (from Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg)

James Rutherford (Sachs)

Wehe! Wehe! Was tat ich? (from Parsifal)

Angela Denoke (Kundry)


Johan Botha’s unfailingly radiant voice – notably in the middle register – established him over many years as a Strauss and Wagner singer par excellence, but most of all as a youthful hero, and not as a weighty heroic tenor. In fact Tannhäuser was something of a marginal role for him, but what a role! The recording of the Rome episode in the Vienna State Opera premiere of June 16, 2010, with which (after the Florestan aria from Fidelio) the CD’s fourpart Wagner portrait begins with excerpts from Vienna Staatsoper productions, movingly reveals how as a suffering yet passionate pilgrim – at the side of Christian Gerhaher as Wolfram – he returns from Rome dejected and unredeemed. The bridal-chamber scene from the third act of Lohengrin looks back to Botha’s early years at the Staatsoper. Opposite Cheryl Studer as Elsa, he was just 31 years old in 1997. Fifteen years later, Botha is an ideal, alert Walther von Stolzing, who after a night of dreams reveals his Prize Song to cobbler-poet Hans Sachs, who in turn refines it and writes it down. The Franconian knight was known to be his favourite Wagner part ever since his sensational debut in the role at the Vienna Volksoper in 1998. And in 2004, Botha begins his scene with Kundry (Angela Denoke) from the second act of Parsifal as a guileless youth whose cries of “Amfortas!” after Kundry’s kiss and the knowledge that it brings are possessed of a troubling primal force. Three of the loveliest and most important Strauss roles are also to be found on the CD. In addition to the Emperor (Die Frau ohne Schatten), whom Botha had already sung to great acclaim at the Salzburg Festival in 2011 and reprised in 2013 for the 50th anniversary of the reopening of the Nationaltheater in Munich, we hear his proudly dominant Apollo (Daphne). At the climactic moment of the opera, the conflict between the god and the two mortals ends with Apollo’s sudden extinction of his human rival. The most moving scene comes perhaps at the close of Ariadne auf Naxos, when a figure hailed as Hermes, the divine messenger of death, proves to be Bacchus, the god of love, and Ariadne (Soile Isokoski) timidly asks him: “Is there no farther shore, are we there already?” The recording of October 18, 2014 captures one of Johan Botha’s last appearances at the Vienna Staatsoper. He died on September 8, 2016 – aged just fifty-one

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, March 2016


José Cura (Otello), Dorothea Röschmann (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago), Benjamin Bernheim (Cassio), Christa Mayer (Emilia), Georg Zeppenfeld (Lodovico), Csaba Szegedi (Montano), Gordon Bintner (Herald)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Vincent Boussard

A superb new Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: ‘Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly coloured tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardour’ (Südwestpresse). ‘Röschmann as Desdemona guarantees effortless perfection’ (Neue Musikzeitung). ‘Álvarez as Iago would be hard to surpass’ (Abendzeitung). This Salzburg production – featuring ‘a cast worthy of any festival’ (Südwestpresse) – is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, ‘achieve wonders’ (Die Presse), ‘generating Italian ‘Musikdrama’ with their incandescence and precise nuances’ (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealised visual context for what he calls Otello’s ‘conflict of ancient and modern, of 2D and 3D’.

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PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 147 mins

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Verdi: Otello

Verdi: Otello

Osterfestspiele Salzburg, Großes Festspielhaus, March 2016


José Cura (Otello), Dorothea Röschmann (Desdemona), Carlos Álvarez (Iago), Benjamin Bernheim (Cassio), Christa Mayer (Emilia), Georg Zeppenfeld (Lodovico), Csaba Szegedi (Montano), Gordon Bintner (Herald)

Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Vincent Boussard

A superb new Otello from the Salzburg Easter Festival: ‘Cura is a commanding Otello with his richly coloured tenor and both fragile delicacy and fiery ardour’ (Südwestpresse). ‘Röschmann as Desdemona guarantees effortless perfection’ (Neue Musikzeitung). ‘Álvarez as Iago would be hard to surpass’ (Abendzeitung). This Salzburg production – featuring ‘a cast worthy of any festival’ (Südwestpresse) – is conducted by Christian Thielemann, who displays a command of Verdian tragedy to match his celebrated sovereignty in Wagner. He and his great Dresden Staatskapelle, a consummate opera ensemble, ‘achieve wonders’ (Die Presse), ‘generating Italian ‘Musikdrama’ with their incandescence and precise nuances’ (Abendzeitung). In his fascinating staging, director Vincent Broussard integrates video with set and lighting design to create an idealised visual context for what he calls Otello’s ‘conflict of ancient and modern, of 2D and 3D’.

SOUND FORMAT: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

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

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 147 mins

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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: DVD: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.0

PICTURE: 16:9, HD

BOOKLET: English, German, French

TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 63 mins

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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

“…the playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden is everything one could wish for, both on a soloistic level and as an ensemble unified in a common goal. Melodic lines and inner voices are beautifully articulated, and the blending of the brass is an art form in itself.” Gramophone Magazine, April 2017

“The film presentation is traditional: this is a straightforward film of a concert performance, blessedly free of any gimmickry. The pictures are sharp and always relevant to what we are hearing. The Blu-ray sound is excellent. In every respect this is a very distinguished account of Bruckner’s Sixth.” MusicWeb International, 17th April 2017

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Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

Bruckner: Symphony No. 4 in Eb Major 'Romantic'

1881 version, ed. R. Haas


Recorded live at the Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 23 May 2015

After the release of the Bruckner Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 and 9 with Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden, the Bruckner cycle is continued with Symphony No. 4, “Romantic”, one of Bruckner’s most popular work. It is played here in the presumed original version recovered by Robert Haas, which differs considerably from the first published score, accepted by Bruckner as a stopgap only so that the work could easily be performed. The press cheered the performance: “Tone paintings of the finest quality.”

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Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0

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Booklet notes: English, German, French

Running time: 75 mins

No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)

“Thielemann keeps a firm grip on dynamic levels – ppp really means ppp – and the hushed playing is exquisitely rendered. The depth of sonority of horns, trombones and pizzicato double basses at 32’26” (just before fig M) is just one of the many outstanding moments, and the Scherzo’s brief Trio, delicately shaded and imbued with pastoral warmth, is similarly memorable” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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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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PICTURE 16:9, HD

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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.

“A notable success – clear-eyed and lovingly conducted…a fine production that will be especially enjoyed by those who recoil from kitsch” Gramophone Magazine, February 2017

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