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Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos / Fleming, Koch, Archibald. Staatskapelle Dresden, Thielemann [DVD]

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Filmed live in Baden-Baden by the veteran director Brian Large, Renee Fleming makes her debut in the role of Ariadne together with fellow keys Strauss interpreters Sophie Koch and Christian Thielemann, following on from their Rosenkavalier triumph. Fleming stars opposite Koch's Composer and Robert Dean Smith's Bacchus. Philippe Arlaud is the producer and set designer. Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden, the orchestra to whom Strauss dedicated his Alpine Symphony and which premiered Feuersnot, Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier and Daphne. Fleming's voice might have been made for Ariadne and she achieved a great personal triumph in this production.

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
The chief glory of the evening was hearing Renee Fleming, the Straussian soprano par excellence, making her role debut as Ariadne... As the possessor of what is, possibly, the most beautiful soprano voice in the world, she put her vocal treasures in the service of an empathic, nuanced interpretation of the role. From the creamy top, through a rich, warm middle, to the bewitching, darker colors of her lower register, Fleming poured her magnificent sound into Strauss's enchanting melodic arcs, animating the sadness, vulnerability and desire of the bereft princess



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