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Der Rosenkavelier: Munich Philharmonic (Thielemann) [DVD] [2009]

Herbert Wernicke    Exempt   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Directors: Herbert Wernicke
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 163 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002HWBS96
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,666 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

American soprano Renee Fleming stars as the Marschallin in this production of Richard Strauss's romantic comedy 'Der Rosenkavalier' for the 2009 Baden-Baden Festival. Christian Thielemann conducts the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.

Product Description

DEC 0743340; DECCA - Inghilterra; Classica Lirica

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As ideal as I'm likely to see 10 Mar 2010
Back just after the Ice Age I was in NEMS (owned then by Brian Epstein) in Whitechapel in Liverpool when they took time out from pushing Beatles records to air the brand new Solti Der Rosenkavalier, the Marschallin's Act 1-ending aria to be exact. It had just received an uncharacteristically heartfelt and emotional review in the Gramophone. "Is it as good as they say?" asked one of the customers. The assistant was so choked he could hardly respond. And that's Der Rosenkavalier to me. If you can get though it without wiping away the odd tear, there has to be something up with the performance. This one provides many teary moments and is as close to ideal as I ever expect to find.

Fleming at this stage of her career seems born to play the Marschallin, potentially the best since Schwarzkopf in my opinion, and she certainly delivers here. The range of her acting has improved tremendously. There's an inner wisdom about her sadness that is absolutely perfect for this role. Of course, the voice is breathtaking. But the velvet glove only softens an iron fist where appropriate, where she's ticking-off Ochs for instance. Elsewhere there is an autumnal quality to her voice and her portrayal. More than once the eyes glitter with emotion. In all respects it is a masterpiece of a performance.

But by no means do the positives end there. Sophie Koch as Octavian almost steals the show, for once convincing both as man and maid with her Mick Jagger mouth and unselfconsciously-masculine movements. Her duets with Diana Damrau's Sophie are magical. No bubble-head, this Sophie, but a girl of spirit and self-assurance. In the third act trio the three voices blend perfectly, none submerged, none taking centre stage. Spectacular.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ravishing and spot on ! 16 Nov 2013
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As with many Modern versions of operas I bought this with slight apprehension but Wow! I was blown away by the staging and production. Its been many years since I saw authentic productions in the theatre but this was modern theatre at its very best I liked the change of period. All the main characters had such perfect insight into their roles especially the male lead character Baron Ochs - Franz Howlata. I loved his storm through anything, pig headed, thick skinned approach. It made the character so real like someone we all know and hate. Being in more modern dress rather than powdered wig made him more familiar to us all. I am never to happy with the trouser role soprano. I think Strauss could have made more impact with a young lyric tenor singing the part but he had such a passion for the soprano voice and wrote such ravishing music you have to put that aside and imagine that it is a young man. As the love couple Sophie Koch and Diana Damrau were a perfect foil with just enough heaviness on the part of Koch to make her young trouser role underlie Damrau. I always feel that the part of the Feldmarschalin should be taken by a class soprano at the end of her career but Renee Fleming is far from that and took the role with grace and charm. Long may she keep in the spotlight! The changing mirror sets made the whole show blend together. A good thing because this opera can be very static in long passages between action moments.The music was ravishing, smooth and not too sugary sweet. The sharpness came in all the right places and all in all I could not have enjoyed a better production or maybe never will. Also the very low price for a production of this calibre was very much appreciated. Ex - cell - ent!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 12 Nov 2013
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This Rosenkavalier is excellent from every point of view.
It is a good modern production without any of the horrors of the usual modern "concept" productions.
Indeed, I actually preferred it to some of the traditional versions.
If you were unlucky enough to buy the recent Die Frau ohne Schatten from Salzburg - forget it
this one will restore your faith in Strauss opera.

All the singers are in wonderful voice, their characterisations are well differentiated
and carry a big emotional impact. Sophie Koch in particular is superb as Octavian.

Christian Thielemann and the Munich orchestra really know how to deliver a Strauss score.

The picture and sound quality are stunning so, in short, this is a Rosenkavalier not to be missed.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm won over! 28 May 2012
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I have an aversion to 'minimal' productions, with a black stage and curtains and nearly no props; you might as well just get the CD and have done with it! This is very different. The mirrors covering the back of the stage, opening up at times to reveal glimpses of scenery are both surreal and very convincing. You aren't distracted from the opera by the gimmick, just accept how it enhances the story but without really thinking of it.
I must confess that I have only seen this opera once before on a VHS with Kiri Ti Kanawa, and although I love Kiri Ti Kanawa's voice and presence, I was bored with the opera! It seemed to dwell on each scene too long and I kept losing interest.
This is different. I was enthralled throughout. Could be the quality of the singers, their voices and their projection of themselves into the roles. I persuaded myself to buy this one, 1st by the price! but mainly by a previous reviewer who praised the quality of the singing. How right he was! Buy it!
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