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Braunfels: The Birds (Die Vogel/ The Birds) [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Désirée Rancatore, Brandon Jovanovich, James Johnson, Martin Gantner, Los Angeles Opera
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: ArtHaus
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov. 2010
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0046HCOLQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,056 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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A production of the LA Opera House ground-breaking Recovered Voices project, highlighting the works of composers affected by the Holocaust. Walter Braunfels, a strong advocate of neo Romanticism, made significant contributions to the world of twentieth-century opera. Yet, he lost his rightful places in twentieth-century opera houses. His music inhabits a very different world, both geographically and aesthetically, nurtured far from Viennas charged, multi-cultural atmosphere. Deeply rooted in German Classicism and Romanticism, he conceals none of his admiration for the inherited past and sees himself as building on its fundamentals. By almost any standard, he was a conservative. The premiere of Die Vögel in Munich in 1920, under the direction of Bruno Walter (who still lauded the work as late as 1950), was a huge public and critical success. The number of productions and performances in the following years was staggering. However, in the post- World War II years of his rehabilitation, Braunfels never regained a foothold. Die Vögel was not produced again until 1971 in Karlsruhe and 1994 in Berlin.

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A rare chance to hear Braunfelss lighthearted, tenderly spiritual and little-known fable --The New York Times

A marvelous performancethe orchestra sounded radiant. --Los Angeles Times

Conlon conducted with lustrous élanWe should hear more of Braunfels work. --Financial Times, London

The staging is colourful,with plenty of well-coordinated movement,and James Conlon conducts his Los Angeles forces persuasively,as well as writing helpfully about the opera in the booklet. Performance **** Picture&Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,Feb'11

Conlon conducted with lustrous élanWe should hear more of Braunfels work. --Financial Times, London


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