Memorial concert on the 200th birthday of Franz Liszt (22. October 2011). Under the direction of romantic-music specialist Christian Thielemann, the Sächsische Staatskapelle Dresden performs a special Franz Liszt memorial concert at the Semperoper in Dresden to commemorate the bicentenary of one the 19th century’s greatest composers.
Christian Thielemann is a maestro internationally known and admired above all as a specialist of Romantic music and a highly acclaimed Bayreuth Wagner Ring conductor.
Running Time Total: 85 minutes
BD: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM Stereo
“Putting the music aside for one moment, consider the pinpoint precision of its visuals: we see the sumptuous gold decorations of Dresden's restored Semperoper; the golden polish (plus the odd scratch) on the orchestra's strings...Thielemann easily keeps Liszt's symphonic epic afloat, applying firm structural control, plenty of Romantic warmth, and just enough reticence to make the music exciting and dignified.”
“Thielemann's principal virtues are purity, energy and the ability to hold together what can prove an unwieldy structure. Wagner's thrilling Faust Overture, originally conceived as part of a projected symphony, is played with warmth and vigour...Camerawork is mostly expert and unobtrusive (first-rate picture quality) and Thielemann is good to watch, his beat always clear, his gestures impassioned and precise.”
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