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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning performance - been a favorite of mine since it came out!, 5 Jun. 2007
This review is from: Korngold: Die Tote Stadt (Audio CD)
I can't believe I haven't reviewed this before now (June 2007), this is an absolute favorite of mine and I play it often. The sound is ravishing (especially for Naxos) and the singing and orchestral playing is equally ravishing and exciting! Sunnegardh as Paul can sound a little strained perhaps but its a demanding role he brings off superbly well overall. Dalayman is everything you'd expect of her and the rest is strongly cast. Segerstam draws every last nuance from the RSO. Whilst its true the libretto is only in German that's hardly a problem with the excellent synopsis that is provided in a better than usual Naxos booklet. At any price this is a superb performance and highly recommended - Korngold wrote some of the most hauntingly lovely music and much of it is here in between the crescendoes that became familiar with his later film scores (Sea Hawk, Kings Row)! Great stuff!
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Initial post: 2 Feb 2011 16:27:18 GMT
One point is that the Naxos Stockholm version is incomplete. Segerstam imposes some annoying and pointless cuts which remove about 10-15 minutes of music. So go for the Leinsdorf.
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