Your basket is empty

Categories :

Similar artists

Albums

Classical - Released January 9, 2021 | UMG Recordings, Inc.

Download not available
From
CD£7.99

Classical - Released January 1, 2021 | Archipel

Booklet
From
CD£7.99

Classical - Released December 21, 2020 | Brilliant Classics

From
HI-RES£17.99
CD£11.99

Classical - Released November 20, 2020 | Profil

Hi-Res Booklet
To say that Christian Thielemann's early March 2020 Gurre-Lieder at the Semperoper Dresden didn't take place a moment too soon is something of an understatement, when less than a fortnight later Europe's international-level live music making scene had been reduced to solo recitals self-filmed on mobile phones and posted onto social media. Equally fortuitously, it was recorded live, meaning we can now all listen to this ambitious project with its international line-up that would, had 2020 turned out differently, have received a second airing the following month at the Salzburg Easter Festival. Broad brushstrokes first, and in orchestral terms there's a wonderful transparency to the sound from the Staatskapelle Dresden bolstered by members of the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra. As for tone colour, think silvery luminosity from the upper strings and woodwind, balanced by warm, rounded richness from the brass and lower strings - it's both luxuriously warm and sharply defined, making for a heavenly Prelude and Zwischenspiel, and full-throttle drama for the conclusion of Part 2. As for the chorus, there's some thrilling singing from the MDR-Rundfunkchor and Staatsopernchor Dresden, and while “Seht die Sonne” would possibly have packed even more of a punch when heard in the hall (they are perhaps slightly further back in the sound than a studio recording might have given us), “Gegrüßt, o König, an Gurre-Seestrand!” is unequivocally edge-of-the-seat stuff. Thielemann's overall architecture is also eminently satisfying, including a notably seamless-feeling transition over the stylistic shift between parts two and three. On to the soloists, and Camilla Nylund's Tove is warm and supple, losing not an iota of its mellow roundedness as she soars up high, with the climax of her “Du sendest mir einen Liebesblick” truly tingle-inducing. Dark-toned Stephen Gould as Waldemar is ardent in love, and especially compelling in despair, always in control of his own high-register leaps. Christa Mayer's Woodtaube is rich-voiced and passionate, and Kwangchul Youn's Bauer ringing and energetic. Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke makes for a colourful and enjoyably semi- raucous Klaus-Narr; and while Franz Grundheber may no longer be in his baritone prime, his voice is deliciously expressive and multicoloured in his sprechstimme Speaker role, and with a flexibility and strength thoroughly belying his eighty-plus years. If this cast ever gets reunited post-Covid then you should beg, borrow or steal a ticket. In the meantime, crank up the volume on this, and revel in it. © Charlotte Gardner/Qobuz
From
HI-RES£17.99
CD£11.99

Classical - Released September 14, 2020 | Brilliant Classics

Hi-Res
From
HI-RES£17.99
CD£11.99

Classical - Released September 7, 2020 | Brilliant Classics

Hi-Res
From
HI-RES£17.99
CD£11.99

Classical - Released August 31, 2020 | Brilliant Classics

Hi-Res
From
CD£7.19

Classical - Released June 30, 2020 | Planet Blue Records

From
HI-RES£14.38
CD£10.79

Classical - Released April 17, 2020 | Edel Kultur

Hi-Res
It is surely proof a great dedication that an American-born Swedish conductor would, in the mid-1970s, go behind the Iron Curtain in order to take up a post as principal conductor of an orchestra. Both the conductor and orchestra have fond memories of Herbert Blomstedt's Dresden years, from 1975 to 1985. The recordings of all of Beethoven's symphonies conducted by Blomstedt are proof of an intensive and artistically outstanding collaboration. © Berlin Classics
From
CD£7.99

Classical - Released March 27, 2020 | Intense Media GmbH

From
CD£7.99

Classical - Released March 27, 2020 | Intense Media GmbH

From
CD£8.63

Classical - Released October 1, 2019 | Brilliant Classics

Booklet
From
CD£8.63

Classical - Released October 1, 2019 | Brilliant Classics

From
CD£6.49

Classical - Released June 28, 2019 | Warner Classics

From
CD£6.49

Classical - Released June 28, 2019 | Warner Classics

From
HI-RES£11.99
CD£7.99

Classical - Released June 14, 2019 | Profil

Hi-Res Booklet
The season of 2012-2013 represented a mini-revolution in the long history of the Dresden Staatskapelle, the oldest orchestra in the world founded in 1548 by Maurice, Elector of Saxony. In fact, it was the first time that the venerable institution had named a “principal guest conductor” (also a world-first in orchestra) in the Korean, Myung-Whun Chung. The nomination coincided with that of its new director, the German conductor Christian Thielemann. Loved by them after his first appearance behind the music stand in 2001, Chung developed a close relationship with the German orchestra during symphonic concerts and in the orchestral pit of the Semper Opera where he directed a largely impactful series dedicated to Verdi’s Don Carlos. He also led the orchestra on a tour around Europe, the United States and Asia.In addition to his artistic activities, Myung-Whun Chung is dedicated to humanitarian and environmental causes. He was ambassador for a United Nations program for the control of drugs (PNUCID) and was named “man of the year” by UNESCO in 1995. In 1996, he won the Kumkuan, the highest artistic award in South Korea. He was also named the first honorary cultural ambassador for his country. In 2008, he became the first conductor named an Itinerant Ambassador. A message of brotherhood is what Myung-Whun Chung evokes in his interpretation of the Symphony “Eroica”, recorded during the two season concerts in 2004. Beyond his Classicism, his measured tempos and attention to detail, there is a vision rife with greatness and captivating enthusiasm. © François Hudry/Qobuz
From
CD£6.49

Classical - Released March 22, 2019 | Warner Classics