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5.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, 23 Feb 2011
This review is from: Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
This Gurrelieder's performance is really outstanding. It was recorded in october 2009 in Munich , and is funny to see, at the end two important conductors in the auditorium - Kent Nagano and K. Thielmann . Gurrelieder is a typical work of Schoenberg's first phase. One mix of Wagner, Mahler and Strauss. But the result is far from one simple "imitation". Gurrelieder is a masterwork ,and it uses the most large Orchestra ( largest than Mahler's eight )even used.The first part consists of alternate songs from the two lovers: Waldemar and Tove. Deborah Voigt is one splendid Tove , but the great surprise is the tenor Stig Andersen as Waldemar.I know only one recording of Andersen : Brahms Rinaldo. To me Andersen is diferent from one Heldentenor. He has force but he has too a lot of expression. The Wood Dove , Mihoko Fujimura , is perfect in every sense . I really never heard her aria so well done.The others soloists are very good too. The orchestra is simply fantastic, as is the chorus . But the great star of this DVD is Maris Janssons. He isn't one specialist in the Vienna Second School. He conducts Gurrelieder in one romantic way, that is very good for the work.Jansons makes here one strong performance.
This is one Gurrelieder to be seen, but principally to be heard.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one flaw....., 27 Dec 2012
This review is from: Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
I agree totally with the other 2 reviews: a deeply involving performance of a thrilling & unique work. However, how even more wonderful it would be if subtitles were included as an option for those who would like them, especially as the words in question are - in places - quite exquisite poetry. Maybe the reason for omitting a subtitles option was down to the fact that the lines of poetry would have to come so thick & fast that it might be all but impossible to read them as such a rate? I cannot think of any other reason as to why we are not given a subtitles option. Apart from this one (in my book) distinct flaw, if you love Gurrelieder you will surely love this DVD of one of the wonders of late romanticism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good performance of the this huge work., 16 Feb 2013
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This review is from: Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
Beautifull performance by Mariss Janson. Very impressive, only one or two solist could be better. These are not top, but still good.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Recent DVD release of Schoenberg's epic piece, 26 July 2011
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This review is from: Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder [DVD] [2011] [NTSC] (DVD)
Wonderful artists and performance. Very impressive. I've been waiting for a performance of this on DVD for a long time and at last here is a good one.
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