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Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier / Fleming, Koch, Damrau, Henschel, Thielemann [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
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Notes & Reviews:

Renée Fleming finally appears on DVD in one of her greatest roles--the Marschallin, in Richard Strauss's magnificent comedy of ever-changing love, Der Rosenkavalier. Her peerless performance is supported by "a galactic cast" (conductor Christian Thielemann), which includes Diana Damrau, Sophie Koch, Franz Hawlata and Jonas Kaufmann as the Italian Tenor. Filmed in January 2009 at the Baden-Baden Festival, the production features a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear. Renée's eminent Strauss collaborator on her recent Four Last Songs album, Christian Thielemann, joins her once again, conducting the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. "...this performance with Christian Thielemann and the Münchner Philharmoniker is luscious, supremely confident, lived-in and well thought out...Fleming is in glorious voice, pouring out Strauss's long phrases with voluminous generosity and fearless commitment to the extremes of range." --Opera News on Four Last Songs

"...this performance with Christian Thielemann and the Münchner Philharmoniker is luscious, supremely confident, lived-in and well thought out...Fleming is in glorious voice, pouring out Strauss's long phrases with voluminous generosity and fearless commitment to the extremes of range."

Renée Fleming finally appears on DVD in one of her greatest roles the Marschallin, in Richard Strauss's magnificent comedy of ever-changing love, Der Rosenkavalier. Her peerless performance is supported by a galactic cast (conductor Christian Thielemann), which includes Diana Damrau, Sophie Koch, Franz Hawlata and Jonas Kaufmann as the Italian Tenor. Filmed in January 2009 at the Baden-Baden Festival, the production features a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear. Renée's eminent Strauss collaborator on her recent Four Last Songs album, Christian Thielemann, joins her onceagain, conducting the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.this performance with Christian Thielemann and the Münchner Philharmoniker is luscious, supremely confident, lived-in and well thought out Fleming is in glorious voice, pouring out Strauss's long phrases with voluminous generosity and fearless commitment to the extremes of range. Opera News on Four Last Songs

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This 2009 production from Baden-Baden with the Munich Philharmonic finds both Renée Fleming and Christian Thielemann in spectacular form, with an assisting cast that is marvelous. Herbert Wernicke had directed Fleming at Salzburg in 1995; this performance seven years after his death, directed by assistants, remains a fascinating, unusual, but moving (and often very funny) staging. Wernicke, who also designed, used huge shifting mirrors to emphasize the importance of appearances in a story whose central character has an unusually acute self awareness and where the narrative tension is between superficial propriety and unmanageable sexual impulses.

I wouldn't want to be without these two DVDs, even simply to listen to, but Erich Kleiber's spectacular recording on Decca (1954), and the film with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (now on a Kulter blu-ray), despite the lip-synching, are also self recommending.

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Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese



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>Strauss, Richard : Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
  • Performers: Diana Damrau (Soprano); Renée Fleming (Soprano); Franz Grundheber (Baritone); Franz Hawlata (Bass); Jane Henschel (Contralto); Jonas Kaufmann (Tenor); Sophie Koch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christian Thielemann
  • Ensemble: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Film Score
  • Written: 1925
  • Studio/Live: Live