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Nielsen: Saul & David

Nielsen: Saul & David


Johan Reuter (Saul), Ann Petersen (Mikal), Morten Staugaard (Samuel), Susanne Resmark (Witch of Endor), Leif Jone Ølberg (Abner), Signe Sneh Schreiber (Abishai), Niels-Jorgen Riis (David), Michael Kristensen (Jonathan)

The Royal Danish Orchestra & The Royal Danish Opera Chorus, Michael Schønwandt

This DVD presents a spectacular new production of Carl Nielsen's dramatic debut opera, Saul & David from 1901 - a production marking the Royal Danish Opera’s celebration of the composer's 150th anniversary in 2015.

King Saul, bitterly jealous of young David, who won the favour of the people by defeating the giant Goliath, is staged in a highly original fashion by acclaimed English director and Nielsen enthusiast David Pountney, who updates the Biblical story to our own time, lending it psychological and political undertones.

The performance is conducted by Nielsen expert Michael Schønwandt and presents an array of Denmark's leading singers with Johan Reuter in the demanding role of King Saul, Niels-Jørgen Riis as David and Ann Petersen as his beloved Mikal.

“Johan Reuter is overwhelmingly good in what may be the best role of his life.” Opernwelt

“The renowned Nielsen interpreter Michael Schønwandt conducted with great love for the music that never smothered it: drawing warm and polished playing from the orchestra, he gave the impression of really channeling and shaping the music as it pulsed through him” Opera Magazine

Total duration: 2h 12min (132 minutes)

Booklet essays by director David Pountney and Nielsen scholar Knud Ketting

“a riveting performance by Johan Reuter in both voice and acted intensity...Pountney's direction and the conducting of Michael Schonwandt help make much of characters who might easily remain sinecures...Orchestra and conductor unroll their home composer's score with richness and dexterity...Hugely recommended.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2016

“Michael Schønwandt's expansive conducting conveys its epic scale and lyrical sweep…[Johann Reuter is] excellent here…his stage presence, arrogant yet vulnerable, is compelling. Niels-Jorgen Riis sings and portrays David more ardently than most…[and] Michael Kristensen makes a stronger than usual impression as the put-upon Jonathan…this is a strong performance which works well on screen.” BBC Music Magazine ****

GGramophone Magazine

DVD of the Month - March 2016

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Klenau: Symphony No. 9

Klenau: Symphony No. 9


Cornelia Ptassek (soprano), Susanne Resmark (alto), Michael Weinius (tenor) & Steffen Bruun (bass)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt

Paul von Klenau’s (1883-1946) grandiose Ninth Symphony in eight movements was composed in Copenhagen 1945 as his last major work; an extraordinary fusion of a Requiem with Latin text and a traditional symphony for orchestra, choir and four soloists. The manuscript then lay unknown for more than fifty years until it appeared in the 2001 discovery of a large collection of Klenau manuscripts in Vienna, and not until March 2014 – after a thorough editing by The Royal Library in Copenhagen – did it receive its first performance by the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Michael Schønwandt. This world premiere recording presents the full symphony; a magnificent opus of both tonal, atonal and even twelve-tone passages, very far removed from the style that predominated in the post-Nielsen Danish music of the 1940s.

“Bravo to these musicians for giving the piece every chance. Excellent playing, good choral singing and excellent contributions from the inimitable Susanne Resmark…and open-voiced tenor Michael Weinius” Gramophone Magazine, July 2016

“full of terrific ideas throughout its long length in this premiere performance from Michael Schønwandt and the Danish National Symphony Orchestra with the Danish National Concert Choir and soloists” MusicWeb International, June 2016

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Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Sung in Danish


Sten Byriel (bass), Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), John Lundgren (baritone), Camilla Nylund (soprano) & Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

Danish National Choir & Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Dausgaard

Region Code: ABC

Subtitles: English, German and French

Dacapo's very first Blu-ray production features Rued Langgaard's powerful vision of the coming of Antikrist in the spectacular co-production with the Royal Danish Opera and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation (DR) from 2002.

No punches are pulled as the composer's breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society.

“Langgaard’s Antikrist is fabulous – a genuine, undiscovered, eccentric masterpiece.” Classics Today

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Nielsen: Maskarade

Nielsen: Maskarade


 

Bonus material: Introductions to Maskarade, Making of Maskarade

Nielsen:

Maskarade

Sung in Danish


Stephen Milling (Jeronimus), Susanne Resmark (Magdelone), Niels Jørgen Riis (Leander), Johan Reuter (Henrik), Ole Hedegaard (Arv), Poul Elming (Leonard), Gisella Stille (Leonora), Hanne Fischer (Pernille), Sten Byriel (En vægter), Anders Jakobsson (Maskarademester), Jakob Bloch Jespersen (En magister)

The Royal Danish Opera Choir, The Royal Danish Orchestra, Michael Schønwandt

The premiere production was a decided audience success and a more or less unanimous press acknowledged the music as original. “The first act works excellently. After this one would swear that Carl Nielsen was born to write opéra comique. So smooth, so dexterous, such a quick turn of phrase, such aptness in the dialogue, with fine phrases and droll ideas; equally felicitous in the treatment of the text, the singing roles, the instruments of the orchestra. In the craft of music, it is a fully-fledged master who holds the pen; one’s thoughts can only resort to Verdi in ‘Falstaff’ to find a parallel.” Nationaltidende (1906)

Stage directors: Kasper Bech Holten, Morgan Alling & DVD producers: Thorleif Hoppe, Niels Severin

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Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Langgaard, R: Antikrist

Antikrist is a religious mystery opera, a magnificent doomsday vision and a full length nightmare. No punches are pulled as the composer’s breathtaking revelation unfolds with its intriguing allegorical characters and its powerful statement about the moral decay of modern society.


Sten Byriel (bass), Anne Margrethe Dahl (soprano), Helene Gjerris (soprano), Poul Elming (tenor), Johnny van Hal (tenor), Jon Ketilsson (tenor), John Lundgren (baritone), Camilla Nylund (soprano) & Susanne Resmark (mezzo-soprano)

Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choirs, Thomas Dausdaard

“Langgaard’s Antikrist is fabulous – a genuine, undiscovered, eccentric masterpiece” Classics Today

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Paul von Klenau: Symphony No. 7 and other works

Paul von Klenau: Symphony No. 7 and other works


Klenau:

Symphony No. 7 'Die Sturmsymphonie'

Klein Idas Blumen: Overture

Gespräche mit dem Tod, six songs for alto & orchestra

Susanne Resmark (soprano)

Jahrmarkt bei London (Bank Holiday - souvenir of Hampstead Heath)


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