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Korngold: Die tote Stadt

6 Sep 2011 | Format: MP3

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1
7:14
2
11:30
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2:06
4
1:34
5
4:54
6
5:28
7
5:49
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8:24
9
0:56
10
6:26
11
3:25
12
8:58
13
3:58
14
2:44
15
3:54
Disc 2
1
12:21
2
2:45
3
3:56
4
3:19
5
6:36
6
2:58
7
4:45
8
4:28
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12:29


Product details

  • Original Release Date: 6 Sep 2011
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Oehms Classics
  • Copyright: (C) 2011 Oehms Classics
  • Total Length: 2:10:57
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  • ASIN: B005JTWTOC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 456,742 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. S. CROWE TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Nov 2012
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This is one of the works whose place in my affections is way above its intrinsic merits, and it is a guilty pleasure in the same way as a slice of Sacher Torte and whipped cream-over rich, over indulgent but so enjoyable! We all know the jibes about " More Korn than Gold" but this work contains a great weight of high carat gold, as does the performance and recording. The plot , such as it is, is steeped in Freudian psychobabble and portrays Bruges as a city obsessed with and permeated by thoughts of death. When I've been there I've found it obsessed more with chocolate and strong beer, but perhaps those don't make strong enough dramatic elements. The reviewer who styles himself "Entartete Musik" is in my view grossly unfair in his review, and ungenerous with his rating. There is an issue that may deter some potential buyers, but overall this is a very accomplished and beautifully presented set, the 4th of the stereo era on CD. The default recording is the 1975 Leinsdorf, now at bargain price and sounding splendid still. It is the only recording that does not apply cuts to the score, and is undoubtedly a firm recommendation, but Kollo is an uningratiating Paul, often resorting to near shouting and reaches his rather harsh top notes in a clumsy manner. The Segerstam is a bargain also, and Katarina Dalayman dazzles as the finest Marie/Marietta yet-however Sunnegardh struggles with Paul and the best that can be said is that he gets through the role. 2003-4 was the year of the Korngold revival, with Vienna staging this work in a new production which I saw at that time. In Vienna the cast was Simon Gould and Angela Denoke-she was superb, he was stentorian.Read more ›
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Entartete Musik TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 24 Nov 2011
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Over the last decade, Die tote Stadt has popped up all over the world. Having conducted the work in Barcelona, Sebastian Weigle's revived the masterpiece in his new home in Frankfurt (and recorded by Oehms Classics). Weigle clearly loves the opera, but despite casting bounties, his passion has embalmed Korngold rather than setting him free.

Korngold's sound world is ripe before you begin. Every note has an effect, every bar is laden with rubato. He's a tough task master, because he leaves so little to chance. But underneath that honeyed sheen is a more acidic note and all the bitterness of post-War Europe. Any performance needs to balance those complementary poles. Weigle emphasises the luxury at the expense of vigour.

While gloriously played by the Frankfurt Opern- und Museumsorchester, this all-too-caring approach gets in the way. Nothing is thrown away, there's little humour and the opening of the opera slides into turgid remembrance. It should spacious not sluggish. Metallic percussion and celesta are placed thrilling far forward in the mix, but they fail to cut through the treacle.

Despite the slack tempi, there are vocal glories aplenty. Klaus Florian Vogt is a lyrical Paul. You may miss the danger of a nasal Heldentenor, but the romance has never felt so true. Michael Nagy and Hedwig Fassbender are similarly hushed as Frank/Fritz and Brigitta. Tatiana Pavlovskaya gives a citric bite to Marietta, but her flat vowels undermine 'Glück das mir verblieb'. The aria has many richer renditions on disc. And with four other complete recordings and two DVDs of the opera now on the market, this performance is for wallowers only.

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