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Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella

2012 Vienna State Opera


Emily Magee (Arabella), Genia Kühmeier (Zdenka), Tomasz Konieczny (Mandryka), Michael Schade (Matteo), Wolfgang Bankl (Count Walder) & Zoryana Kushpler (Adélaïde)

Chorus of the Vienna State Opera, Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera & Stage Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Franz Welser-Möst (conductor) & Sven-Eric Bechtolf (stage director)

Set Designer Rolf Glittenberg

Costume Designer Marianne Glittenberg

Hofmannsthal’s untimely death meant he never finalised the libretto, leaving many ambiguities in the story that have to be resolved by the Director and singers of each production.

‘The American soprano is at home with the sweet-bitter universe of Richard Strauss and marvellously handled the delicate art of these “conversations in music”. Franz Welser-Möst reconfirms that Richard Strauss particularly inspires him’. Forum Opera

“Simply as an abstract visual object, this is a stunning production...a sumptuous treat, stunning in its colour, clean in its art-deco inspired lines and brimming with subtly illuminating details...Magee may not have the luminous voice of Renee Fleming...but once she warms up she's generally got what the role demands. Even in the more intricate passages, she doesn't scant the details. Both of the main rivals for her affections are excellent.” International Record Review, December 2012

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Strauss, R: Arabella

Strauss, R: Arabella

Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014


Renée Fleming (Arabella), Thomas Hampson (Mandryka), Albert Dohmen, Gabriela Beňačková (Adelaide), Albert Dohmen (Waldner), Hanna-Elisabeth Müller (Zdenka), Daniel Behle (Matteo), Derek Welton (Dominik), Benjamin Bruns (Elemer), Steven Humes (Lamoral), Daniela Fally (Fiakermilli), Jane Henschel (Kartenaufschlägerin)

Staatskapelle Dresden & Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden, Christian Thielemann

Staged by Florentine Klepper

2014 celebrates the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss. Arabella from this year´s Salzburg Easter Festival and is after Capriccio the second R: Strauss Opera C Major is releasing in 2014. Der Rosenkavalier from this year´s Salzburg Festival will be released in fall 2014.

Fantastic star cast: Renèe Fleming, Thomas Hampson, Albert Dohmen (Covent Garden, Wiener Staatsoper, MET), Gabriela Beňačková (Wiener Staatsoper, Covent Garden)

With Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden „the music of Richard Strauss is in best hands“. (ORF)

“Fleming's is a nuanced characterisation, with the right Straussian bloom save for the Act II duet. I just don't believe that this is a young girl grown up fast in the face of feckless parents...Show-stealers are the desperate youngsters, Daniel Behle's suitor Matteo and Hanna-Elisabeth Müller's supportive sibling Zdenka, convincing as both boy and girl.” BBC Music Magazine, February 2015 ***

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C Major - 717304

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Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos

Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos

Live Recording from The Zurich Opera House, 2006


Emily Magee (Primadonna/Ariadne), Michelle Breedt (Der Komponist), Roberto Saccà (Der Tenor/Bacchus), Elena Mosuc (Zerbinetta), Michael Volle (Ein Musiklehrer), Reinhard Mayr (Truffaldin), Blagoj Nacoski (Brighella), Martin Zysset (Scaramuccio), Gabriel Bermúdez (Harlekin), Eva Liebau (Najade), Irène Friedli (Dryade), Sandra Trattnig (Echo), Andrew Ashwin (Ein Perückenmacher), Guy de Mey (Ein Tanzmeister), Randall Ball (Ein Offizier), Alexander Pereira (Der Haushofmeister)

Orchestra of the Zurich Opera House, Christoph von Dohnányi (conductor) & Claus Guth (stage director)

Ariadne auf Naxos is one of the many beautifully crafted operas created by Richard Strauss and his librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal. In this compelling production – directed by Claus Guth – Christoph von Dohnányi leads a particularly strong cast of singer-actors in a thrilling interpretation of the work. Ariadne is sung by the American soprano Emily Magee, who has received worldwide praise for her performances in works by both Wagner and Strauss. The German-born Italian tenor Roberto Saccà, who is now regarded as one of the leading lyric tenors of his generation, takes the part of Bacchus.

Exploring the essence of the piece, Claus Guth and his designer Christian Schmidt worked with the binary opposites that are posited on every level of the work and that seem to be so clear-cut: on the one hand, there is the reality of the prologue and, on the other, the artificiality of the opera. An entertaining and intelligently crafted production of one of the key operas exploring the intertextuality that occurs between “real life” and what today would be called “virtual reality”.

Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Picture Format: 16:9

Resolution: 1080i FULL HD

Subtitle Languages: DE (Original Language), GB, FR, ES, IT

Running Time: 127 mins

Blu-ray Disc: 50 GB (Dual Layer)

FSK: 0

“Guth takes a highly serious approach to the piece...Dohnányi conducts with matching analytical swiftness. Emily Magee gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Ariadne, her singing rich and detailed (though for a grander assumption look elsewhere, this goddess has feet of clay).” Opera Now ***

“Casting is first rate, with the Zerbinetta of Elena Mosuc stealing the limelight with an account of her big aria which prompts an ovation. Emily Magee's Ariadne is hardly less fine, ranging impressively and with full, creamy tone...[Dohnanyi] proves a passionate Straussian.” Penguin Guide, 2010 edition **/***

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Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos

Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Lewes, March 2013


Soile Isokoski (Ariadne), Kate Lindsey (Composer), Laura Claycomb (Zerbinetta), Sergey Skorokhodov (Bacchus), Thomas Allen (Music Master), Dmitri Vargin (Harlequin), James Kryshak (Scaramuccio), Torben Jürgens (Truffaldino), Andrew Stenson (Brighella), Ana Maria Labin (Naiad), Gabriela Iştoc (Echo), Adriana Di Paola (Dryad), William Relton (Major-Domo), Frederick Long (Lackey), Michael Wallace (Wig-Maker), Stuart Jackson (Officer)

London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor) & Katharina Thoma (director)

Director Katharina Thoma sets Richard Strauss’s comedy in a country house in the South Downs (a surrogate for Glyndebourne), immediately before and during the Second World War. Hofmannsthals’ conceit – that a hapless young composer has to accept the simultaneous performance of his new tragic opera with a burlesque from a commedia dell’arte troupe - is turned into a touching wartime drama of nurses, invalids, airmen – and of painful delusions and soul-searching, before final happiness.

Excellent cast led by Thomas Allen as the Music Master and Soile Isokoski as Ariadne.

Extra features: When Two Worlds Collide, Thomas Allen at Glyndebourne, Vladimir Jurowski on his final production as Music Director and a cast gallery.

Running time: 128 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/KO

Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Ariadne and Bacchus have rarely been so 'absolutely human'. Soile Isokoski's suicidal patient rings truer than any heroine I've ever seen - and perhaps this is the role's most luminously sung performance...Skorokhodov, as a wounded airman, has lungs of steel and can act, too. Laura Claycomb is a decoration-perfect Zerbinetta, and she makes every gesture meaningful.” BBC Music Magazine, October 2014 *****

“Thoma's production moves the action of the Prologue to an English country house in the early 1940s...The idea is executed well, and there are plenty of nice directorial touches...Lindsey's Composer is beautifully detailed and, though a mezzo, her voice has a soprano-like colour and ease. Thomas Allen's Music-Master is excellent.” Gramophone Magazine, Awards Issue 2014

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - October 2014

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Opus Arte Glyndebourne - OABD7145D

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Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos (original 1912 version)

Strauss, R: Ariadne auf Naxos (original 1912 version)


Emily Magee (Prima Donna/Ariadne), Elena Moșuc (Zerbinetta), Jonas Kaufmann (The Tenor/Bacchus), Eva Liebau (Naiad/A Shepherdess), Marie-Claude Chappuis (Dryad/A Shepherd), Eleonora Buratto (Echo/A Singer), Gabriel Bermúdez (Harlequin), Michael Laurenz (Scaramuccio), Tobias Kehrer (Truffaldino), Martin Mitterrutzner (Brighella), Peter Matić (The Major-Domo)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Harding

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Sony - 88843005759

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Strauss, R: Capriccio

Strauss, R: Capriccio

Recording from the Vienna State Opera 2013


Renée Fleming (Countess), Bo Skovhus (Count), Michael Schade (Flamand), Markus Eiche (Olivier), Angelika Kirchschlager (Clairon), Kurt Rydl (La Roche)

Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, Christoph Eschenbach

To celebrate the 150th birthday of Richard Strauss C Major is releasing Capriccio for May.

SOUND FORMAT

Blu-ray: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.0

PICTURE

16:9, HD

“Kurt Rydl crowns a fine stage career with a gloriously eccentric impersonation of La Roche...The singing honours belong entirely to Angelika Kirchschlager as Clairon.” BBC Music Magazine, August 2014 **

“this Countess's preference for 'Ton' over 'Wort' is clear from the start...The greatest pleasure of the performance, for me, undoubtedly comes in the wonderful playing of the Staatsoper orchestra, the sweet, tender strings and the mellifluous horns in particular; and Christoph Eschenbach conducts a leisurely and loving account of Strauss's gorgeous score.” Gramophone Magazine, August 2014

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C Major - 716004

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier


Renée Fleming (Marschallin), Franz Hawlata (Baron Ochs), Sophie Koch (Octavian), Diana Damrau (Sophie), Jonas Kaufmann (The Italian Tenor), Franz Grundheber (Faninal), Jane Henschel (Annina)

Munchner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Renée Fleming performs in a wonderful version of Der Rosenkavalier with an all star cast. Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Jonas Kaufmann perform in this Decca release with the Munchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann conducting.

For this filming, Baden-Baden Festival Opera is re-staging the celebrated Herbert Wernicke production, already seen in Salzburg (1995) and Paris (1998) – a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear.

“we have Christian Thielemann's immaculately bittersweet conducting and Renée Fleming's Marschallin, sung and acted with superb conviction...Watch out, meanwhile, for Jonas Kaufmann's brief, but sensational appearance as the Italian Tenor.” The Guardian, 11th December 2009 ****

“[Fleming] speaks volumes with those expressive eyes and floats the trio's opening phrase to perfection...Sophie Koch produces rich, impassioned sounds and makes a convincing boy...Kaufmann [is] handsome and oddly impressive as the Italian tenor” BBC Music Magazine, August 2010 **

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Sydney Opera House October 2010


Catherine Carby (Octavian), Cheryl Barker (Die Marschallin), Manfred Hemm (Baron Ochs), Emma Pearson (Sophie), Andrew Brunsdon (Valzacchi), Jacqueline Dark (Annina), Henry Choo (Italian Singer) & Warwick Fyfe (Faninal)

Opera Australia Chorus & Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor) & Brian FitzGerald (original director)

Designer Carl Friedrich Oberle

Lighting Designer Nigel Levings

Der Rosenkavalier, the most successful opera of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s partnership, is a story of love, lust and human frailty. The story is not complicated but it soars and dips on Strauss’ music with Hofmannsthal’s expressive libretto. With Cheryl Barker in the role of the Marschallin, who can fail to be moved by her poignant portrayal of facing the final loss of youth and her young lover?

Count Octavian, Catherine Carby, has the vibrant voice of a young man who has his life to enjoy with no thought of anything but pleasure and the Marschallin’s company – until he meets the beautiful and innocent Sophie von Faninal, played by Emma Pearson. The boorish Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau is superbly exposed by Manfred Hemm, his Viennese accent lending authenticity.

With all the outstanding artists completing the cast and the Opera Australia and Ballet Orchestra, this production is led by conductor Andrew Litton to create a truly stunning operatic and theatrical experience against the classic staging of Carl Friedrich Oberle.

Audio DVD/2.0 LPCM/5.1 DTS

Picture format NTSC

Audio BD LPCM stereo and 5.0 DTS-HD Master Audio

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Opera Australia - OPOZ56027BD

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Salzburg Festival 2014


Krassimira Stoyanova (The Feldmarschallin), Sophie Koch (Octavian), Mojca Erdmann (Sophie), Silvana Dussmann (Marianne Leitmetzerin), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (Annina), Günther Groissböck (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau), Adrian Eröd (Herr von Faninal), Kresimir Spicer (Valzacchi), Stefan Pop (A Singer), Tobias Kehrer (A police inspector), Martin Piskorski (Faninal's Major-Domo), Franz Supper (The Marschallin's Major-Domo), Lucas Singer (A notary), Roman Sadnik (An Innkeeper)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Franz Welser-Möst

This unabbreviated version of The Rosenkavalier from Salzburg Festival 2014 became a triumph and received fantastic reviews.

Staged by legendary Harry Kupfer.

Great cast incl. Krassimira Stoyanova, Günther Groisböck, Sophie Koch, Mojca Erdman, Franz Welser-Möst and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

SOUND FORMAT Blu-ray: PCM Stereo. dts-HD MA 5.1

PICTURE 16:9, HD

SUBTITLES: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese

BOOKLET: E, G, F

TOTAL RUNNING TIME. 146 MINS

“Hooray for director Harry Kupfer!...[he] knows that Rosenkavalier is a supreme exercise in nostalgia...This is also Freud's Vienna. Stoyanova's Marschallin is a scrupulous analyst of her own and Octavian's emotions...Best of all is Günther Groissböck's Ochs...a younger man ruled by the insatiable itch of desire. As for Sophie Koch, her unique blend of vocal ice and fire reminds you why Strauss and Hofmannsthal changed the title” BBC Music Magazine, April 2015 ****

BBC Music Magazine

Opera Choice - April 2015

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C Major - 719404

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Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier

Recorded live at Glyndebourne Opera House, May 2014


Tara Erraught (Octavian), Kate Royal (The Marschallin), Lars Woldt (Baron Ochs auf Lerchenau), Michael Kraus (Herr von Faninal), Miranda Keys (Marianne Leitmetzerin), Christopher Gillett (Valzacchi) & Helene Schneiderman (Annina)

London Philharmonic Orchestra & The Glyndebourne Chorus, Robin Ticciati (conductor) & Richard Jones (stage director)

Strauss’s musically ravishing comic masterpiece is given a visual updating in director Richard Jones’s stylish and ‘gently subversive’ Glyndebourne staging, one which offers ‘a dreamlike distortion not just of Vienna’s 18th-century past, but also of everything we know about reality’ (Financial Times). Created to mark the 150th centenary of the composer’s birth, the production is packed with energy and wit, its impeccable stagecraft by no means detracting from the first class singing which underpins, among others, Tara Erraught’s ‘touching’ (Guardian) performance as Octavian, Kate Royal’s ‘most graceful of Marschallins’ and Lars Woldt’s ‘pitch-perfect’ Baron Ochs (Sunday Telegraph). Conductor Robin Ticciati brings clarity and detail to the score, infusing the music with spirit and humanity.

Extra Features: Robin Ticciati - Taking the Baton, The Trio, Sights and Smells of a Production and a cast gallery.

Running time: 191 minutes

Subtitles: EN/FR/DE/JP/KO

Sound format: Dolby stereo/LPCM stereo/DTS Master Audio 5.1 (BLU-RAY)

“As one would expect from Jones, there's much that is striking in the staging...The LPO play with considerable virtuosity for Robin Ticciati, whose reading is clean and unsentimental. Straussians will no doubt want to see this production, and it certainly engages the brain. Go elsewhere...if you want a Rosenkavalier with heart.” Gramophone Magazine, September 2015

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Opus Arte Glyndebourne - OABD7168D

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