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Salzburg 2012: Jansons [Salzburg Festival 2012] [Mariss Jansons, Nina Stemme] [Euroarts: 2072624] [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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Richard Strauss Don Juan
Richard Wagner Wesendonck-Lieder
Johannes Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Op. 68
Jansons stimulates the philharmonic powers and leads them to produce an unparalleled quality magical." Der Standard
This concert programme dedicated to the second half of the 19th Century was one of the highlights of the 2012 Salzburg Festival
Mariss Jansons, chief conductor of the Concertgebouw Orchestra and winner of the Cannes Classical Award, and soprano Nina Stemme offer a superlative concert experience" (Kurier).
Swedish soprano Nina Stemme is outstanding in her peroformance of Wagner's Wesendonck-Lieder.
Brilliant readings of Richard Strauss' tone poem Don Juan and Johannes Brahms symphony No. 1 complete this extraordinary concert performance.
Picture format Blu-ray Disc: 1080i Full HD - 16:9
Sound format Blu-ray Disc: PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0
Region code: All (worldwide)
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 95 mins
Stemme sounds magnificent as ever in this composer's music, with gloriously rich, dark chest register and arresting dramatic projection reminiscent of the great Kirsten Flagstad. --International Record Review, June 2014
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The concert opens with that very well known tone poem by Richard Strauss, his Don Juan. This piece opens with a striding horn motif which we can take to be a portrayal of Don Juan in up-beat hunting mode. There is a very egotistical element about this theme that vividly portrays that side of Don Juan and it has lead to many memorable displays of horn playing. Performances led by Reiner, Szell and Solti for example, have been etched into the memory of record collectors through this figure which finally occurs in full glory towards the end. In between there is an extensive quieter section which suggests more of the seducer rather than the predator. This central part can often be overshadowed by the more exuberant outer sections. This does not happen here as Jansons places considerable emphasis upon the central episode that is played with almost loving care and with every opportunity to luxuriate in the orchestral textures found there. This emphasis changes the overall effect of the piece and the apparent nature of Don Juan who is more amenable perhaps and less openly predatory.
The Wagner Wesendonck-lieder is a set of love texts and, bearing in mind the change of emphasis of the Don Juan, may thus acquire unintentional meaning not anticipated by Wagner.Read more ›
Still, there's no lack of attack at the beginning of the Strauss, as Jansons brilliantly contrasts Don Juan's bravura and his famous seductive skills. Liquid woodwind solos (not least from the oboist), a superb rallying horn section and the sumptuous Viennese strings brilliantly colour Strauss's tone poem. It's here that Jansons is at his most theatrical.
Nina Stemme's voice is becoming much more buttery as time goes on and her rendition of the Wesendonck Lieder is particularly full-flavoured. Jansons responds with a chilling 'Im Treibhaus', brilliantly setting up the richer glories of 'Schmerzen'. The throbbing viola and cello accompaniment in 'Träume' is particularly magnificent, closing the strong first half of this concert from the 2012 Salzburg Festival.
I'm less convinced by what happens after the interval. Jansons is a great symphonic interpreter, as revealed by his performances of Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Mahler at this year's Festival, but there's something oddly self-regarding about his Brahms. It's as if the whole interpretation is weighed down with the importance of the work, rather than its sense of urgency and achievement. Tenacious though the first movement may be, with superb work from the VPO timpanist, the central movements are beautiful but oddly disengaging.Read more ›