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Kaufmann Sings Wagner [Staatskapelle Dresden, Jonas Kaufmann, Christian Thielemann] [Blu-ray] [2014]


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  • Actors: Staatskapelle Dresden, Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GNNES60
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,668 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Jonas Kaufmann
Staatskapelle Dresden,
Sächsischer Staatsopernchor Dresden,
Christian Thielemann


Recorded at the Semper Oper Dresden, 2013

C Major presents a star cast production including Christian Thielemann, one of the most respected conductors of our time and Jonus Kaufmann, who will perform at the MET again February 2014.

This DVD and Blu-ray presents overtures and famous tenor scenes including: Die Fliegende Holländer: Overture; Rienzi: Allmächt ger Vater and Tannhäuser: Inbrunst im Herzen.

Subtitles: G, E, F, S, Chin & Kor
Sound Format DVD: DTS 5.1, PCM Stereo
Sound Format Blu-ray: DTS-HD MA 5.1, PCM 2.0
Picture: 16:9, HD
Booklet: E, G, F
Total Running Time: 117 Minutes

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guy on 7 May 2014
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I WAS ENTHRALLED with the singing of Kaufmann as usual.the audio and picture superb . However I was disappointed that the disc was only just over 1 hr long and of this we only heard Kaufmann singing for 30 min ! Since the main reason for getting this disc is to hear this great tenor I felt that I had been short changed++. And the disc was in the top price bracket as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Feb. 2014
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This concert from Dresden in 2013 was intended to celebrate not only the bicentenary of Wagner's birth, but also the direct or indirect connection of the chosen program with Dresden. Wagner was one of the court conductors from 1848 -1849 and during this period the featured works were performed, composed or inspired. Also being celebrated is the work of Hans Werner Hesse who was due to hold the prestigious post of 'Capell-Compositeur' in Dresden from 2012-13, but whose death in 2012 prevented this.

The soloist for the evening was the renowned Jonas Kaufmann whose renderings of Rienzi's Prayer, Lohengrin's Grail Narration and Tannhauser's Rome Narration were undoubted highlights of the evening and also of the disc. His mellifluous tones are ideally suited to the repertoire and his voice rose effortlessly to the occasion much to the evident delight of the packed and attentive audience.

The orchestral pieces, the overtures and the Lohengrin prelude, are delivered to a high standard with attention given to phrasing and dynamics and justifying Thielemann's reputation as a Wagnerian conductor of distinction and also that or the orchestra's high standing as a leading German ensemble. The overall style emphasises the blending of woodwind and brass textures and refulgent string tone as opposed to the more defined tonal characteristics of individual instrumental sections favoured by the British orchestras for example and that is perfectly justified given the repertoire.

The Fraternite piece for orchestra by Henze is intended to address 'the 21st century with the demand that we should live together in peace and harmony' to quote the appropriate sleeve notes.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Feb. 2014
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Wagner was born 22nd May 1813, Leipzig, so this concert celebrated the composer's 200 th birthday, recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, 21 May 2013. For it was in Dresden that he made his major operatic break through. More of that later after I have completed this review, then I will write the history behind these works on the bluray.

Christian Thielemann is the principal conductor of the Staatskapelle,Dresden. He is probably the greatest living Wagner conductor along with Barenboim . One only has to hear Thielemann's conducting of Wagner's Parsival with the Staatskapelle,Dresden, to know this is not spin. This bluray shows that in this opera he has reached the heights of Knappertsbusch in his 1962 live recording,at the Bayreuth festival.That is no mean feat. He is a big,tall conductor, who is a highly charismatic, engaging man, who is charming. You may have gathered I am a Thielemann fan.

Thielemann's tempo's for the Flying Dutchman overture create the feeling that you are at sea,whipped by the spray. His tempi are often fast for each of the overtures ; Faust overture, Rienzi,Tannhauser and brings the spirituality of the Lohengrin Prelude Act I to the fore. Yet with an instrument like the legendary sound of the Dresden orchestra, it coincides with Thielemann's views on the sound of an orchestra. "The Staatskapelle Dresden has developed its distinctive sonority in the course of a tradition stretching back over four and a half centuries. The strings form an altogether homogeneous group in every one of their registers, producing a velvety and fully rounded tone even when playing extremely quietly, while the horns have a golden sheen to them and the woodwinds blend together wonderfully well,evincing an aura all of their own."(Julia Spinola).
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By eric fisitzky on 7 Feb. 2014
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Tout à fait conforme au concert diffusé sur arte. Une superbe qualité sonore, avec un très grand chanteur. J'attends avec impatience l'intégrale des opéras de Wagner avec les mêmes équipes
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By golfer stan on 12 Nov. 2014
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love it
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