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Strauss: Arabella [Fleming, Hampson, Dohmen, Christian Thielemann] [Blu-ray] [2014]


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  • Actors: Fleming, Hampson, Dohmen
  • Format: Classical
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese
  • Region: Region B/2 (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: 29 Sept. 2014
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00M0D28ZA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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'Thielemann gets the best out of the cast especially Renee Fleming with her 'luxury' soprano ' FAZ.

'With Christian Thielemann and the Staatskapelle Dresden the music of Richard Strauss is in best hands.' ORF.

'A terrific Staatskapelle Dresden and the singers are the best you can get.' Das Opernglas.

'Hanna-Elisabeth Muller made vocally a masterly achievment!' Salzburger Nachrichten.

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Throughout this highly conversational opera, she remains alive to the nuances of the librettos, listening and reacting to her fellow cast members and keeping herself very much present in the action. --Opera, Jan'15

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David Garrett on 1 Nov. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
This is a very safe and traditional production of Arabella, with the story presented more or less exactly as it should be. The sets are sparse but attractive and the costumes seemed to me to be about the right period (1860s Vienna). The only thing that was missing for me was a staircase in the final Act – the critical entrances of Zdenka-as-a-girl and Arabella-with-the-glass-of-water both really need a long curving staircase to make their proper impacts! Elsewhere there are some nice touches – for example at the crucial moment at the Ball when Zdenko gives Matteo “Arabella’s” key, the Fortune Teller glides slowly across the stage holding up the accusing tarot card, which I thought was brilliant.

This performance really begs the question of how long, in this day and age, singers can carry on singing the parts of young lovers such as Arabella and Mandryka – especially now that we have HD close-up. I have always been a great admirer of Renee Fleming, but I have to say that at 55 she is too old to be singing Arabella. Of course she looks too old, but the worst part is that she SOUNDS too old for it. She no longer has the smooth, creamy tone that she used to have, nor the security of intonation, and she sounds very strained under pressure. Worse still is Thomas Hampson. At 59 he no longer has the look or the sound of the youthful Mandryka (he’s actually three years older than Albert Dohmen who sings Arabella’s father). I had to laugh when he got Arabella’s note at the Ball and had to hold it at arms’ length to be able to read it! I'm very familiar with his problem, but it really doesn't look good here. The best performances by far are Hanna-Elisabeth Muller as an (almost) believable Zdenko/Zdenka and Daniel Behle as an especially ardent Matteo.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
Ravishingly beautiful singing of Strauss's neo-Rosenkavalier lush score that stirs the ... 22 Nov. 2014
By Carl Pearlston - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Ravishingly beautiful singing of Strauss's neo-Rosenkavalier lush score that stirs the heart and senses in a wonderfully apt modern production.
5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Static singers 11 Oct. 2014
By Stanley Y F Chang - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Of all the DVDs on Arabella, there are only two non-Munich (full-length) performances. This is one of them. The only reason I give it three stars is because it is complete and it has Renne Fleming. The other one (a five star performance) was directed by Otto Schenk, conducted by Sir Georg Solti, and sung by Gundula Janowitz in 1977. I was hoping a thirty-seven year gap would give us a good performance of the complete Arabella, but this one is a huge disappointment. I bought this DVD on Amazon, so I am allowed to review it.

If you would like to see six singers standing rooted and spread out on stage during the final scene, be sure to purchase this DVD.

The static singers all stand facing the audience, not facing the person to whom they are speaking.
In this final dialog scene, Arabella stands at stage front-far-right, Mandryka is at front-far-left, the father is at middle-left-quarter, the mother is at rear-far-right, Zendka is at middle-left-center, Matteo is at middle-right-center.

The dialog goes as follows (my paraphrase):-
Arabella forgives Mandryka.
Mandryka replies that he does not deserve it.
Arabella tells him to hush, and hints there should be a 'shotgun wedding.'
Mandryka gets the hint. So he asks the father to accept Matteo to marry Zendka.
Zendka asks her father if this means she does not have to kill herself.
Arabella tells Zendka she should enjoy what she deserves.
Father tells Zendka not to cry, and asks Matteo for his hand. "Reichen Sie mir ihre Hand, mien Herr."
Mother tells the father, it is a wonderful turn of events.
Arabella asks her mother to take Zendka upstairs.
Zendka yells for Matteo.
Etc, etc.

All this dialog is sung without any movement of the singers, or turning to face the other person.

I learned stage managing in college 65 years ago. This is a rather strange staging.
Also, the stage is practically bare, and Zendka is practically topless.
0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A perfect Arabella. Lends extremely well to her 25 Nov. 2014
By Robin Hames - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A perfect Arabella. Lends extremely well to her voice
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