Notes & Reviews:
Die tote Stadt (The Dead City) is an opera in three acts by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The opera, based on Bruges-la-Morte, a short novel by Georges Rodenbach, is performed here by many talented voices (including Klaus Florian Vogt, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, Hedwig Fassbender and others). Bonus feature includes a 43 page color booklet with notes on the performance, musicians and sung texts.
The sound is unusually clean, detailed and well balanced for a live performance, and the excitement and high energy of the singers and the orchestra come across powerfully... The playing of Frankfurter Opern-und Museumsorchester is of the highest order and reaffirms the group's status as one of the very finest international opera orchestras. Tenor Klaus Florian Vogt is outstanding as Paul... Soprano Tatiana Pavlovskaya is mostly effective as Marietta... Baritone Michael Nagy and mezzo-soprano Hedwig Fassbender are completely persuasive as Frank/Fritz and Brigitta... This one ranks among the best and would make an excellent introduction to the work, and it should also be of interest to fans who already love it.
American Record Guide
the huge orchestra that the composer prescribed plays the score spectacularly well under Weigl's astute direction and sounds unusually good - in fact, I've never heard better. It's transparent and as detailed as one would wish.
The Frankfurt performance has great depth and resonance. This is another faultlessly cast production with some outstanding singing from the lyric tenor Klaus Florian Vogt and the dramatic soprano Hedwig Fassbender. Their vivid word-painting and turn of phrase rivets the attention, with the orchestra led by Sebastian Weigle throwing themselves heart and soul into Korngold's score.
Recording information: Oper Frankfurt.
Submitted on 11/14/11 by Dan Coombs
100 Years of Italian Opera 1810-1820
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Bartok: Kossuth; Concerto for Orchestra / Cornelius Meister
Wagner: Organ Fireworks - music from the operas / Hansjorg Albrecht, organ
Rossini: Aureliano in Palmira / Kenneth Tarver, Catriona Smith, Silvia Tro Santafé, Ezgi Kutlu, Andrew Foster-Williams
Berg: Wozzeck; Schoenberg: Erwartung / Waechter, Silja, Winkler
Anton Bruckner: Symphony no 8 / Herbert Blomstedt
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Aarre Merikanto: Symphonies 1 & 3 / Turku PO; Petri Sakari, conductor
Works DetailsKorngold, Erich Wolfgang : Die tote Stadt (The Dead City)
- Performers: Michael Nagy (Bass-Baritone); Hedwig Fassbender (Mezzo Soprano)
- Conductor: Sebastian Weigle
- Ensemble: Frankfurt Opera Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1920.
- Running Time: 87 min. 59 sec.
- Period Time: Modern
- Form: Opera/Operetta
- Written: 1920
- Studio/Live: Live