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Korngold: Die tote Stadt [CD]

Erich Leinsdorf , Erich Wolfgang Korngold Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf
  • Composer: Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • Audio CD (6 July 2009)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Classical
  • ASIN: B001UJSW7S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 82,629 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Die tote Stadt - Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Münchner Rundfunkorchester, Tölzer Knabenchor

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! A guilty pleasure? 30 Nov 2010
Format:Audio CD
Korngold's expressionist masterpiece is given the full works in this reissue of what is still its finest recording. The recording was made in 1975 and the quality of the production (by Charles Gerhardt) is outstanding. You are certainly unlikely to be conscious of it's age. The casting is pretty much ideal. Carol Neblett might be considered a little too "efficient" in the role of Marietta but this suits the character's emotional brutality well and the comparative directness is what is needed dramatically. Kollo (about whom I sometimes have reservations) seems very fine in the lead role and the famous; "Gluck, das mir verblieb", is wonderful in the context of the drama. This piece is sometimes described as "Marietta's Lied" and is more often heard as a soprano party piece but it is much more satisfying in its original form as an almost-duet with the tenor. The supporting cast is marvellous too, especially Benjamin Luxon in the crucial role of Frank.
The other famously excerpted aria - Fritz's "Mein Sehnen, mein wahnen" - is given an unnecessarily glutinous performance by Hermann Prey. It's such a ravishing piece that it works best if sung straight, in my opinion. However, if you have a sweet tooth, you might like it like this.
Korngold was at the height of his fame when this opera was given simultaneous opening nights in Hamburg and Cologne on December 4th 1920. The plot is a post-Freudian expressionist nightmare but, in as fine a performance as this one, it's hard to understand why it has taken so long to re-enter the repertoire. This is the ultimate neo-romantic wallow and, as well as the sheer tunefulness, there is enough drama to make this a deeply satisfying experience. The cost of the current reissue means that you really ought to own it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous but frustrating 2 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Probably the best recording of 'Die tote Stadt' and wears amazingly well for being 35 years old. Especially welcome at mid/low price.
HOWEVER: try and find a copy of the original issue on RCA instead of this re-issue on Sony. Why? the original has a good booklet and the libretto in English and German. This re-issue has cheapskated on that which is pathetic. But, if you know the opera, or if you don't care that there's no libretto, go ahead. Note that all the rival versions have no libretto either. And this version is better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly appealing 9 Oct 2011
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With the possible exception of the tenor role, this is a most appealing recording - hauntingly so in places. The analogue sound is very acceptable and the combination of soloists is enduring and difficult to displace. The tenor role tends to be a little coarse and stocatto , but Rene Kollo otherwise handles the part as well as any (as he does in Solti's recording of "Tannhauser" for Decca). Carol Neblett is a soprano who captures the imagination as well as the ear. The acoustic bonus of this recording is the supporting singers, Luxon and Prey, and that of the choirs - very effective in beautifully and hauntingly conveying the 'other-worldliness' of the respective sections of this opera's narrative. A welcome return to the catalogue.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overall good recording and excellent value 15 Mar 2013
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Wonderful music well portrayed in this recording. I like Kollo as Paul, and all others perform well, apart from Prey is disappointingly dull as Pierrot. Very good value.
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