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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Chinese, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00428O2EQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A star-studded benefit concert to celebrate Ioan Holender’s farewell after 19 years as the director of one of the world’s leading and most famous opera houses. recorded live at the Wiener Staatsoper on 26th June 2010, the highly acclaimed cast was headed by brilliant singers such as Diana Damrau, Natalie Dessay, Angelika Kirchschlager, Waltraud Meier, Anna Netrebko, Pjotr Beczala, Plácido Domingo, Thomas Hampson, Leo Nucci, Thomas Quasthoff, Ramon Vargas and many others. No fewer than twelve conductors including Marco Armiliato, Bertrand de Billy, Fabio Luisi, Zubin Mehta, Antonio Pappano and Franz Welser-Möst led the way through a program lasting over four hours at the fully-packed Wiener Staastoper.

Includes filmed excerpts of the original productions.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Valkyrie on 8 Feb. 2011
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First of all let me say that I think this is an absolutely fabulous concert, and the DVD certainly is very good value for money. You get wonderful singing and, in some of the numbers, artistic expression of the highest class. By wonderful singing I don't only mean beautiful sound, because not all of the numbers show absolutely flawless singing, but what we get to hear in many numbers of this concert is very high quality of artistic expression, and as such I don't care if we hear an uneven tone or two. However, there is one exception that I want to mention straight away to get it over with. The only really problematic number is Stefania Bonfadelli singing "O luce di quest'anima" from "Linda di Charmounix". I love bel canto opera, and certainly this aria. Bonfadelli is giving her tones a dark colouring by forming them in the back of her mouth instead of letting them sound from her forehead. This way they sound covered and unnatural. The part is obviously very hard for her to sing, and it is difficult to imagine that she would be able to sing all the way though an entire opera. Her terrible battle with the tones is only just won by her, so there is no energy left for her to also artistically intermediate the part she is singing.

The program lasts nearly four hours, but time goes by very quickly when in such good company as with these great artists. I will mention some of the highlights, that in particular intrigued or interested me, but there are many more:

Waltraut Meier in "Isoldes Liebestod". It is always amazing to see and hear this intelligent singer especially in her star role as Isolde. Just listen to her singing the last phrase - and importantly, without taking a breath before "Lust".

Diana Damrau sings "Ah! Non credea mirarti" from "La sonnambula.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Trev-R TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Feb. 2012
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I won't re-write what another reviewer has done such a good job of. This concert is excellent with many fine stars of today's opera houses coming together in a mammoth 225 minute concert spread across 2 DVD's. And at Amazon's current price it is exceptional value.

This concert was however aimed very much as the German speaking audience. Most of the concert is made up of heavier pieces with a few exceptions. There is plenty of Wagner for example. Do not buy this if you are expecting a concert of popular Verdi, Puccini & Bizet opera because you will be disappointed. If you feel comfortable in Lederhosen then you will probably love this :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret on 26 May 2012
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Ioan Holender Farewell Concert: Live From the Vienna State Opera [DVD] [2010] The other reviewers have given such in-depth summaries of this DVD, so I will be short and to the point. The DVD allows for English sub-titles so you can follow the Gala very well. The music and artists at this Gala are probably some of the greatest to gather on one eveing in Vienna. It is a wonderful musical evening to be enjoyed over and over again.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nora on 4 Jan. 2013
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This DVD presents a fantastic show with many of the most important names in opera singing and conducting these days. The pieces are carefully selected to represent a part of the 94 premieres that Holender witnessed in his 19 years as head of Vienna State Opera. The singing is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and generates a great pleasure for the ones watching the show. I am so happy this was recorded. This will be a delight for every opera lover!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
An evening of great art 8 Feb. 2011
By Valkyrie - Published on Amazon.com
First of all let me say that I think this is an absolutely fabulous concert, and the DVD certainly is very good value for money. You get wonderful singing and, in some of the numbers, artistic expression of the highest class. By wonderful singing I don't only mean beautiful sound, because not all of the numbers show absolutely flawless singing, but what we get to hear in many numbers of this concert is very high quality of artistic expression, and as such I don't care if we hear an uneven tone or two. However, there is one exception that I want to mention straight away to get it over with. The only really problematic number is Stefania Bonfadelli singing "O luce di quest'anima" from "Linda di Charmounix". I love bel canto opera, and certainly this aria. Bonfadelli is giving her tones a dark colouring by forming them in the back of her mouth instead of letting them sound from her forehead. This way they sound covered and unnatural. The part is obviously very hard for her to sing, and it is difficult to imagine that she would be able to sing all the way though an entire opera. Her terrible battle with the tones is only just won by her, so there is no energy left for her to also artistically intermediate the part she is singing.

The program lasts nearly four hours, but time goes by very quickly when in such good company as with these great artists. I will mention some of the highlights, that in particular intrigued or interested me, but there are many more:

Waltraut Meier in "Isoldes Liebestod". It is always amazing to see and hear this intelligent singer especially in her star role as Isolde. Just listen to her singing the last phrase - and importantly, without taking a breath before "Lust".

Diana Damrau sings "Ah! Non credea mirarti" from "La sonnambula. A wonderful scene from a wonderful opera. I can tell that Damrau is a competent singer, but I have not really heard her sing before. I'm not absolutely thrilled about her work here, but on the other hand I'm a little captivated, so this is a part of the show I'll return to often, I think. Perhaps there are some of you who could give some insightful guidance to this singer?

A special highlight for me was Angela Denoke and Stephen Gould's version of "Glück, das mir verblieb" from "Die tote Stadt." This is a shining example, that it need not be perfect singing to be intense and moving art.

Johan Bohta was, though he sang divinely beautiful, a bit of a disappointment. Maybe it's not a good thing to include him in so many close-ups. He tends to raise eyebrows and locking eyes wide to emphasize the gist of the " Gralserzälung" from "Lohengrin", and frankly, it began to look a little comical, but what a singing technique and voice that man has. Smooth sound throughout the whole register. I saw him as Siegmund in "Die Walküre" at Bayreuth this summer, and in the entire "Ring"-cycle, that I attended, he was definitely the star of an else pretty mediocre ensemble. But with this voice of his, that is so well suited for Wagner, he would be a star in any cast.

In my opinion Anna Netrebko is an incredibly charming singer with a beautiful voice and undoubtedly very good looks. But her present repertoire does not always suit her vocal abilities, I think. She is not really a bel canto singer, and often the coloraturas cause her difficulties. But I like her more and more, and after her absolutely fantastic version in this concert of "Je marche sur tous les chemins .... Obéissons Quandt leur Apelles Voix" from "Manon", I know I have to hear her live as soon as possible.

Another example to prove that great art does not necessarily mean perfectly sung tones, is Natalie Dessay's version of "Salut à la France!" from "La Fille du regiment." I am a very big fan of Natalie Dessay's. I think that her voice usually is really beautiful, and for me she is the epitome of a bel canto singer. I have seen and heard her live do "La sonnambula" which was a fantastic experience. She is a great artist, who intermediates her roles in a formidable fashion. Of course this is also the case here, though she unfortunately has some voice problems. But as usual she throws herself fearlessly into the coloraturas and the high notes. And even if her high notes don't come to her easily on this occasion, this is a real highpoint in the concert, because she is such a great artist. And the Viennese audience did apparently think so, too, which by the look on her face seemed to come to her as bit of a surprise.

Simon Keenlyside is a singer that I've heard about, but I had never had the opportunity to hear him sing before. He sings "Perfidi! All'Anglo contro me v'unite ... Pietà, rispetto, onore" from "Macbeth". It is perhaps a truism for many of you, but I have to note that he made a big impression on me with his fine voice and especially his amazing identification with the role and his concentration. Try looking at his hands while he sings.

One thing I find really appealing about this concert is that it also includes numbers that may not be the absolute highlights of the most famous operas. E.g. we hear the final scene from "Die Frau Ohne Schatten", sublimely performed by a very strong ensemble, but strangely enough not to the greatest enthusiasm in the audience, which I didn't quite understand. I think the opera is a masterpiece, but perhaps the Viennese found the singers a little too stagnant and uninvolved? If you, too, think that this is the case, then I would encourage you to listen with your eyes closed - awesome, in my opinion.
Another number of the same greatness in terms of artistic expression, but perhaps not in general popularity, is a small excerpt from "Das Rheingold". This piece creates much more enthusiasm in the audience, perhaps because of a really fine effort from Loge, sung by Adrian Eröd, who, incidentally, is actually a baritone, here singing a tenor's part.

In addition to the mentioned highpoints I would also like to point out good performances from the following: Soile Isokoski: "Und ob die Wolke sie verhülle" from "Der Freischütz" - very fine voice control - Leo Nucci: "In Braccio all dovizie" from "I vesperi Siciliani", Piotr Beczala: Pourquoi Me Reveille" and "Salut! Demeure chaste e pure" from "Faust", Violeta Urmana: "Pace, pace, mio Dio" from "La forza del destino", Ramón Vargas: "Amor ten vieta" from "Fedora" and "L'amour! ... Ah! live-toi, soleil!" from "Romeo and Juliet" and last but not least, Ferruccio Furlanetto doing King Philip's big aria from "Don Carlos". In the French version. Probably because it's the version on the repertoire. The concert program is composed of numbers from 40 of the operas that have been played at The Vienna State Opera in Ioan Holenders time as artistic director.

Well, this review is already too long, so I better stop here. I recommend that you buy this DVD and put it in your player as soon as possible. It's a real bargain.

Lastly a few technical notes: The sound is excellent in PCM stereo, but becomes much clearer, crisp and attentive in DTS, and the dynamics of the recording are really good.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A fantastic array of operatic stars. 29 Dec. 2010
By Abert - Published on Amazon.com
The farewell concert to the director of the Vienna State Opera Ioan Holender, the successor of Ebberhard Waechter, is a great feast for operatic fans.
In the line up of singers and conductors, most, if not all, of Europe's big names in opera turned up.
Veterans like Placido Domingo, Ferruccio Furlanetto led the way. The relative newbies included those who are right now in full dominance of the operatic scene - Natalie Dessay, Piotr Beczala, Anna Netrebko, Diana Damrau, just to name a few.
The Vienna State Opera's own orchestra and choir gave wonderful support to the star singers. Big names among conductors included Bertrand de Billy, Antonio Pappano, Armiliato, Domingo and others.
Not all the singers performed solo pieces, but for those who did, their performances spoke for their fame: Ferruccio Furlanetto, already in his 60's and having sung the role of Filippo II in Verdi's Don Carlo numerous times on stage, gave a stunning performance of Filippo's famous aria ('She does not love me'). I remember seeing Furlanetto singing this role under Herbert von Karajan in the 1980's, when he was a newbie. The timbre has grown darker, and his expressivity in this aria have grown considerably with his age. Another outstanding performer is Polish tenor Piotr Beczala, in two French arias by Massanet and Gunound. Then Anna Netrebko, in a bright red dress, brought the house down with an excerpt from Massanet's Manon. While no longer as girlish and giddy as she used to be, Netrebko has matured into a great soprano, being totally in command of her vocal powers and fully confident in her stage presence.
Among the soloists, Damrau and Dessay both demonstrated a certain amount of vocal decline, which is a great pity. The Bellini excerpt from La Sonnambula ill-suits Diana Damrau's vocal style, while Dessay, though technically impeccable in her performance of Marie's arias in Donizetti's Le Fille du Regiment, has a voice that shows its age in the top notes.
It is a pity that Juan Diego Florez, Jonas Kaufmann, Rolando Villazon and Angela Gheorghiu could not make it to appear in this concert.
5 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Feast of great artists 22 Dec. 2010
By Ricsi - Published on Amazon.com
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The Ioan Holender Concert was great musical entertainment. The singers were absolutely fantastic, but so were the Conductors. I listened to the Concert twice already.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful
What a total nightmare 30 July 2011
By Rolf W. Niestedt - Published on Amazon.com
Don't know what I missed listening to this concert.I love Opera but this is a nightmare of singing ,if you can call that singing,there are very few moments that are "Great".Dessay is a total mess ,she screamed and shrieked her way through the aria,even Damrau is in poor voice,usually a singer I admire.The whole lot are not worth the price of the DVD.If you like great singing ,save you're money and buy the many "Galas" that are available ,skip this one.I bought the DVD on the recomandation of the three reviews,what a mistake,they are just like the audience in vienna,who would have given the artists an ovation,for being mostly terrible,yes there were a few arias sung OK but most of them had a hard time and sounded way past there prime.
Will Domingo EVER stop singing?
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