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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt (Berlin 1983) (James King/ Karan Armstrong/ William Murray/ Margit Neubauer/ Donald Grobe/ Heinrich Hollreiser/ Götz Friedrich) (Arthaus: 101656) [DVD] [NTSC] [2012]

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  • Actors: James King, Karan Armstrong, William Murray, Margit Neubauer, Donald Grobe
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Oct. 2012
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00925T8YI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 132,875 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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LIVE RECORDING FROM THE DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN, 1983
Paul JAMES KING
Marietta / Maries Apparition KARAN ARMSTRONG
Frank WILLIAM MURRAY
Brigitta MARGIT NEUBAUER
Victorin DONALD GROBE
DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
Conducted by HEINRICH HOLLREISER
Stage Directed by GÖTZ FRIEDRICH
Set by ANDREAS REINHARDT

BANNED FORGOTTEN
Of all the successful composers of opera in the 1920s, it is perhaps Erich Wolfgang Korngold (18971957) whose career took the most surprising turn following the banning of his works as degenerate in Germany. In 1934 he was invited by Max Reinhardt to Hollywood, where Korngold turned the new genre of film music on its head. No composer before or since ever achieved such a prominent position within film production. Instead of the director or producer deciding on a scenes musical accompaniment, it was Korngolds score that determined the timings and dramatic sequences of the camera positions. Even today Korngold is best known as a composer of film scores. Despite the many successful performances of works such as his violin concerto and his chamber music, today only Die tote Stadt has survived as a rarity on the programmes of the worlds major and medium-sized opera houses. Götz Friedrichs production played no small part in this survival, for not only was it shown in Berlin and Vienna, it was also shipped to Los Angeles and more recently, in 1995, loaned to Ghent, to the theatre which in 1967 was bold enough to stage only the second production of the work after the Second World War.

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If Berlins opera devotees were asked to name the most thrilling, most memorable productions in any of the citys three houses during the last twenty-five years, hardly anyone would hesitate to include Götz Friedrichs 1983 Deutsche Oper staging of Erich Wolfgang Korngolds opera Die tote Stadt on the list. That production starring Friedrichs wife, Karan Armstrong, as Marietta and James King as Paul with breathtakingly beautiful sets by Andreas Reinhardt that captured the gloomy, morbid atmosphere of old Brügge perfectly is justly considered a legend. --OPERA NEWS, 2004

[Götz Friedrich's] richly atmospheric production, conducted by Heinrich Hollreiser and filmed by Brian Large, makes a strong case for the piece. James King is a believable Paul, and Friedrich, seated at his office desk gives a lucid spoken introduction to an opera that permanently hovers on the border between dream and reality. --Andrew Clark, Financial Times

Götz Friedrich's powerful staging of Korngold's fantasy is performed with sumptuousness. --Malcolm Hayes, BBC Music Magazine


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