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Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 & Wolf: Lieder

Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 & Wolf: Lieder

Recorded live at Semperoper Dresden, September 2012


Bruckner:

Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Strauss, R:

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Wolf, H:

Verborgenheit (No. 12 from Mörike-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Er ist's (No. 6 from Mörike-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Elfenlied (No. 16 from Mörike-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)

Mignon II 'Nur wer die Sehnsucht kennt' (No. 6 from Goethe-Lieder)

Renée Fleming (soprano)


The Dresden Staatskapelle has a living Bruckner tradition, stretching back a century and more, which is lovingly curated by its new music director, Christian Thielemann, who is himself a powerful advocate for the composer’s symphonies as the pinnacle of the Austro-German tradition; and in particular for the Wagnerian resonances of the Seventh, whose Adagio was shaped by news of Wagner’s death in Venice. Hugo Wolf was also deeply affected by that news; his songs, like Bruckner’s symphonies, can be seen as oblique reflections on the influence of Wagner, especially when sung, as they are here by Renée Fleming, with the utmost delicacy and intimacy.

Christian Thielemann’s first concert as Principal Conductor of the Staatskapelle Dresden.

Both Thielemann and Fleming are renowned interpreters of Romantic repertoire.

Bruckner’s 7th Symphony premiered in 1884 to universal acclaim & established him as a serious composer of symphonic music, Wolf’s Songs were composed four years later.

Wolf was a great admirer of Bruckner and both idolized Wagner, whose influence is felt in the 7th Symphony.

Running time: 106 minutes

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Sound format: 2.0LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS

“Thielemann's interpretation of Bruckner's Seventh Symphony is majestic and clean, as expected, though it falls just short of the cumulative power that the audience's warm reception suggests. The camera's close scrutiny underlines how minimal his conducting can be.” BBC Music Magazine, September 2013 ****

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Conversations à Rechlin

Conversations à Rechlin

Grand Théâtre de Genève, 2009


Music by Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann & Hugo Wolf


Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo-soprano), Inna Petcheniouk (piano) & Nicolas Brieger (actor)

Written & Directed by François Dupeyron

"Conversations à Rechlin" is a superb blend of music and theatre.

The concept, scenario and staging are the work of the French director and scriptwriter François Dupeyron, famous for The Officer’s Ward and Monsieur Ibrahim and the Flowers of the Koran with Omar Sharif. The production is enhanced by an excellent cast: the well known mezzo-soprano Marie-Claude Chappuis, with Inna Petcheniouk, who brings with her a wealth of experience as an accompanist, and the actor Nicolas Brieger.

Set against a backdrop of Europe in 1944, the end of the Second World War and the collapse of Nazi Germany, the story shows three people brought together by a daily ritual that overcomes the differences between them. Marie-Claude Chappuis performs lieder by Schubert, Schumann and Wolf that form a contrast with the actors‘ situation in the labour camp at Rechlin. An intimate, spiritual interaction among a trio of human beings caught up in a moment of history.

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Picture Format: 16:9

DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC

Subtitle Languages: FR, GB, DE

Running Time: 91 mins

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Christa Ludwig - Lieder Recital

Christa Ludwig - Lieder Recital

Directed by Enrique Sánchez Lansch


 

A Master Class with Christa Ludwig, Part II

Bonus

Directed by Claus Viller

Bernstein:

I Hate Music, a cycle of five 'kid songs'

Mahler:

Ich ging mit Lust (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Das irdische Leben (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

Scheiden und Meiden (Lieder und Gesänge aus der Jugendzeit)

Schubert:

Im Abendrot, D799

Die Forelle, D550

Der Tod und das Mädchen, D531

Geheimnis, D491 (Mayrhofer)

Sehnsucht, D636 (Schiller)

Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe)

Strauss, R:

Du meines Herzens Krönelein, Op. 21 No. 2

Begegnung (Meeting), AV 72

Die Nacht, Op. 10 No. 3

Morgen, Op. 27 No. 4

Wolf, H:

Anakreons Grab (No. 29 from Goethe-Lieder)

Der Gärtner (No. 17 from Mörike-Lieder)

Bedeckt mich mit Blumen (No. 26 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)

In dem Schatten meiner Locken (No. 2 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)

Mein Liebster hat zu Tische mich geladen (No. 25 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Wie lange schon war immer mein Verlangen (No. 11 from Italienisches Liederbuch)


Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano) & Charles Spencer (piano)

Christa Ludwig is acknowledged as one of the twentieth century’s most explorative and complete vocal artists. Her professional singing career spanned five decades and, as a star of the international operatic stage, she made roles as diverse as Rosina, Dorabella, Cherubino, Leonore, Amneris, Eboli, Kundry, Ortrud, Clytemnestra and the Marschallin her own, excelling in soprano, mezzo and coloratura mezzo repertoire. She also established her reputation as a fine lieder singer. The intimate auditorium of the magnificent neo-baroque Volkstheater in Vienna was packed with a discerning and enthusiastic audience when Christa Ludwig gave a master class there. The intimate auditorium of the magnificent neo-baroque Volkstheater in Vienna was packed with a discerning and enthusiastic audience when Christa Ludwig gave a master class there. The young singers who took part – Valerij Serkin (tenor), Stella Grigorian (mezzo) and Marcus Pelz (baritone) – were all studying at an advanced level, with their sights set on fi nding success as professionals on the operatic stage. Christa Ludwig focused the time she spent with each singer on helping them to find the dramatic truth expressed in the aria of their choice and advising on how they could communicate this in their interpretation. The master class includes pieces by Beethoven, Bizet and Massenet and, at the end, the greatness of her art is recalled as she is seen singing Mistress Quickly in a production of Verdi’s Falstaff (1982).

“Filmed in Athens in 1994, this is one of the great German mezzo's final Lieder recitals. With her voice still in fine fettle and her interpretative powers undiminished, it's an impressive token of her artistry.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

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Great Voices of the Golden Age

Great Voices of the Golden Age


Beethoven:

Ah! Perfido, Op. 65

Gundula Janowitz (soprano)

Brahms:

Sapphische Ode, Op. 94 No. 4

Christa Ludwig (soprano)

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

Christa Ludwig (soprano)

Wiegenlied, Op. 49 No. 4 (Lullaby)

Rita Streich (soprano)

Geheimnis, Op. 71 No. 3

Rita Streich (soprano)

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

Rita Streich (soprano)

Egk:

Quattro Canzoni

Irmgard Seefried (soprano)

Mahler:

Rheinlegendchen (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)

Christa Ludwig (soprano)

Mendelssohn:

Auf Flügeln des Gesanges, Op. 34 No. 2

Rita Streich (soprano)

Mozart:

Sehnsucht nach dem Frühlinge, K596

Rita Streich (soprano)

Schubert:

Seligkeit D433 (Holty)

Rita Streich (soprano)

Lachen und Weinen, D777

Rita Streich (soprano)

Die Vogel D691

Rita Streich (soprano)

Schumann:

Die Lotosblume, Op. 25 No. 7

Rita Streich (soprano)

Strauss, R:

Schlechtes Wetter, Op. 69 No. 5

Rita Streich (soprano)

Tchaikovsky:

Otchevo? (Why?), Op. 6 No. 5

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

O ditya, pod okoshkom tvoim (Serenade), Op. 63 No. 6

Galina Vishnevskaya (soprano)

Wagner:

Mild und leise 'Isolde's Liebestod' (from Tristan und Isolde)

Tristan und Isolde, Act III

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano)

Schmerzen (No. 4 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Träume (No. 5 from Wesendonck-Lieder)

Gré Brouwenstijn (soprano)

Wolf, H:

Bescheidene Liebe

Rita Streich (soprano)


"On wings of song" - Heine's words and Mendelssohn's immortal melody, sung here by the inimitable Rita Streich, perfectly encapsulate the spirit of this collection. Six of the greatest voices of the last half-century perform a range of familiar music: romantic Wagner from Gré Brouwenstijn and collectors' items such as Egk's four Italian songs from the matchless Irmgard Seefried. These were the commanding voices of their day, from Christa Ludwig's warm mezzo, to Gundula Janowitz's crystalline soprano and the dramatic brilliance of Galina Vishnevskaya, all captured in their prime.

“With Vishnevskaya the odd-Russian-out, these 1960s films preserve the art of female singers mostly in the German Lied repertoire. Visual and sonic quality is variable, platform manners quaint, but the vocalism regularly excellent.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2009 ****

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Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

broadcasts from 1961-1970


Works by:

Brahms, Gluck, Mahler, Menotti, Mozart, Schubert, Schumann, Strauss, Verdi & Wolf


Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Gerald Moore (piano) & Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Berislav Klobucar

Booklet Notes:Tracklisting in English, French, German.

Among the rediscovered treasures of the BBC archives are two recitals by soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, filmed in 1961 and 1970.At the time, she was at the peak of her powers and was accompanied by the world's greatest accompanist: Gerald Moore. Footage of a public concert, filmed exclusively by French television further illustrates Elisabeth Schwarzkopf's musical excellence. Here, the soprano's voice melds wonderfully with the orchestra's instrumental sonorities in works by Mozart Verdi and Strauss. Her anthology of German Lieder takes us on a journey through the imaginative world of Mozart, Schubert and Wolf. These two recitals allow us to re-encounter Schwarzkopf in her favourite repertoire.

"The pristine beauty of her lyric soprano and the charm of her person, combined with hard work and innate intelligence, lent her performances a compelling authority" The Guardian

"…one of the most dazzling artists of her time" The New York Times

“In two recitals with Gerald Moore Schwarzkopf is incomparable in her communication of German art-song. She is handicapped in the orchestral recital by Klobucar's poor conducting.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2009 ****

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Russell Oberlin: America's Legendary Counter-tenor

Russell Oberlin: America's Legendary Counter-tenor


Britten:

I know a bank where the wild thyme blows (from A Midsummer Night's Dream)

Handel:

Pompe vane di morte! (from Rodelinda)

Dove sei, amato bene? (from Rodelinda)

Purcell:

Music for a while, Z583

Scarlatti, A:

Pensieri, oh Dio, qual pena

Schumann:

Sängers Trost Op. 127 No. 1 (Justinus Kerner)

Meine Rose, Op. 90 No. 2

Wolf, H:

Auch kleine Dinge (No. 1 from Italienisches Liederbuch)

Verschwiegene Liebe (No. 3 from Eichendorff-Lieder)

Ach, im Maien war's, im Maien (No. 20 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)


Russell Oberlin (countertenor)

The renowned countertenor displays his art in two television recitals from 1961 and 1962. As a bonus feature, the DVD includes a fascinating interview with Mr. Oberlin produced especially for this release.

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The Art of Grace Bumbry

The Art of Grace Bumbry


Brahms:

Auf dem Kirchhofe, Op. 105 No. 4

O liebliche Wangen, Op. 47 No. 4

John Newmark (piano)

Liszt:

Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S. 314

John Newmark (piano)

Massenet:

Pleurez, mes yeux (Le Cid)

Schumann:

Wenn ich in deine Augen seh' (No. 4 from Dichterliebe, Op. 48)

Der Sandmann, Op. 79 No. 13

John Newmark (piano)

Tchaikovsky:

Adieu, forêts (from Jeanne d'Arc)

Verdi:

Ecco l'orrido campo … Ma dall'arido stelo divulsa (from Un ballo in maschera)

Wolf, H:

Schlafendes Jesuskind (No. 25 from Mörike-Lieder)

John Newmark (piano)


Grace Bumbry

Orchestra of Radio-Canada, Montréal, Jacques Beaudry

39 minutes, black & white

Program taped for Radio-Canada, 1972. Originally telecast January 7, 1973

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Elena Nikolaidi in Recital

Elena Nikolaidi in Recital


Canteloube:

Songs of the Auvergne: Baïlèro

Malurous qu’o uno fenno (3rd series, no.5) from Chants d’Auvergne

La fileuse

Gluck:

Che faro' senza Euridice? (from Orfeo ed Euridice)

trad.:

Chant du berger - L'agnelet

Sérénade de Crête

Wolf, H:

Das verlassene Mägdlein (No. 7 from Mörike-Lieder)

In dem Schatten meiner Locken (No. 2 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)

Elfenlied (No. 16 from Mörike-Lieder)


Elena Nikolaidi (mezzo), Guy Bourassa (piano)

This 1961 Radio-Canada telecast preserves the art of the Greek mezzo-soprano Elena Nikolaidi in a program of music by Gluck, Wolf and Canteloube, ending with a set of two traditional Greek songs. Her accompanist is the pianist Guy Bourassa. Madame Nikolaidi was celebrated in her time for her operatic portrayals, but she was also acclaimed as a recitalist who performed with subtly imaginative acting, as is demonstrated in this video. The DVD also includes an audio-only bonus of Nikolaidi in a fascinating 1989 interview. An important document of a virtuoso who made very few recordings. 28 minutes, black and white.

1961

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