Strauss Richard

Strauss Richard - Salome (Philippe Jordan) (2010)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Sept. 28, 2016
Strauss Richard - Salome (Philippe Jordan) (2010)

Strauss Richard - Salome (Philippe Jordan) (2010)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 5 ch) | 7.23 Gb+3.19 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 112 min + 51 min (bonus)
Classical | Opus Arte | Sub: English, Francais, Deutsch, Espanol, Italiano

David McVicar’s powerful 2008 production of Strauss's opera – based on a play by Oscar Wilde – takes the controversial and disturbing film 120 Days of Sodom as its visual reference. The action is set in a debauched palace, which has suggestions of Nazi Germany. Strauss’s ravishing and voluptuous score adds to the sexual alchemy that is conjured by an international cast led by Nadja Michael in the title role. Salome is filmed for the big screen with High Definition cameras and recorded in true surround sound.

Strauss Richard - Elektra (Karl Bohm) (2005/1981)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Sept. 19, 2016
Strauss Richard - Elektra (Karl Bohm) (2005/1981)

Strauss Richard - Elektra (Karl Böhm) (2005/1981)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.77 Gb+4.16 Gb (DVD9+DVD5) | 208 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

Götz Friedrich’s 1981 Elektra film sets Richard Strauss’ opera in a dark and dingy abandoned 20th-century factory populated by grungy denizens in psuedo-Greek garb. Elektra herself appears like some deranged homeless woman reeking with sweat and slime (in the rain). And the depravity doesn’t stop there. Friedrich plays up the work’s sado-masochistic elements, with bloody whippings and an orgy sequence involving nude lesbians bathing themselves in the blood of a sacrificial ram. Now you might think that all of this detracts from the score, but on the contrary, the production matches image to music so brilliantly that anyone seeing this opera for the first time would think they were created for each other (which allows you to ignore the occasional useless, almost silly gesture, such as the frequent and prolonged shots of Agamemnon’s bloodied visage during Elektra’s opening monologue).
Strauss Richard - Ariadne auf Naxos (Christian Thielemann) (2013) [BluRay-rip]

Strauss Richard - Ariadne auf Naxos (Christian Thielemann) (2013) [BluRay-rip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 135 min | 7,36 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

Filmed live in Baden-Baden by the veteran director Brian Large, Renée Fleming makes her debut in the role of Ariadne together with fellow key Strauss interpreters Sophie Koch and Christian Thielemann, following on from their Rosenkavalier triumph. Thielemann conducts the Staatskapelle Dresden, the orchestra to whom Strauss dedicated his Alpine Symphony and which premiered Feuersnot, Salome, Elektra, Der Rosenkavalier and Daphne. Fleming's voice might have been made for Ariadne and she achieved a great personal triumph in this production: “The chief glory of the evening was hearing Renée Fleming, the Straussian soprano par excellence, making her role debut as Ariadne… As the possessor of what is, possibly, the most beautiful soprano voice in the world, she put her vocal treasures in the service of an empathic, nuanced interpretation of the role. From the creamy top, through a rich, warm middle, to the bewitching, darker colours of her lower register, Fleming poured her magnificent sound into Strauss’s enchanting melodic arcs, animating the sadness, vulnerability, and desire of the bereft princess…” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Strauss Richard - Der Rosenkavalier (Herbert von Karajan) (2010/1962) [Blu-Ray]

Strauss Richard - Der Rosenkavalier (Herbert von Karajan) (2010/1962) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 25997 kbps / 1080i / 25 fps | 184 min | 39,2 Gb
Audio: German / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2080 kbps / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 5184 kbps / 25 fps | 184 min | 8,59 Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 2ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | Park Circus | Sub: English

Under the conducting of Herbert Von Karajan, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the State Opera Chorus, the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra and the famous singers Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Otto Edelmann, all combine to give a colourful and inspiring performance of Richard Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier. The story is set in the Royal Court of Vienna, where the Princess is being wooed by Octavian, a handsome young cavalier, despite her married state. Complications arise when Octavian falls in love with her younger sister, Sophie, whom another is trying to win. Set to a rousing musical score, this opera is a classic love story.

Strauss Richard - Daphne (Stefan Anton Reck) (2005)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at March 11, 2016
Strauss Richard - Daphne (Stefan Anton Reck) (2005)

Strauss Richard - Daphne (Stefan Anton Reck) (2005)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 6.85 Gb (DVD9) | 114 min
Classical | Dynamic | Sub: Deutsch, Italiano, English, Francais, Espanol

The creation of Daphne was not a simple affair, especially for what concerned the poetic text (due to the modest talent of the librettist Joseph Gregor), but on 15th October 1938 the opera was finally premièred at Dresden’s Staatstheater. On the podium was the young conductor Karl Böhm. Daphne is a masterpiece of early 20th-century vocal music. Structured in a single act, this opera is a solid work with a rich musical vein. Strauss’s orchestration appears, as always, remarkably refined. The vocal writing is demanding for all the main characters, but especially so for the protagonist, here interpreted by a magnificent June Anderson. Filmed in high definition at Venice’s La Fenice, the present production is directed by Paul Curran.

Strauss Richard - Ariadne auf Naxos (Karl Böhm) (2007/1978)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Feb. 24, 2016
Strauss Richard - Ariadne auf Naxos (Karl Böhm) (2007/1978)

Strauss Richard - Ariadne auf Naxos (Karl Böhm) (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.

Strauss Richard - Capriccio (Andrew Davis) (2011)  Music

Posted by Vilboa at Jan. 18, 2016
Strauss Richard - Capriccio (Andrew Davis) (2011)

Strauss Richard - Capriccio (Andrew Davis) (2011)
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 16996 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 149 min | 25,7Gb
Audio1: German / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 24-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 4080 kbps / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit

BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 (16:9) / 6215 kbps / 29,97 fps | 149 min | 8,06Gb
Audio: German / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 24 bits
Classical | DECCA | Sub: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese

The leading Strauss soprano of our time, Renée Fleming stars in one of her most acclaimed stage roles, the countess in Richard Strauss's Capriccio. This sumptuous production was specially mounted for Ms. Fleming by the Met, and Decca is proud to present it on DVD.
Strauss Richard - Elektra (Claudio Abbado, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender) (2006/1989)

Strauss Richard - Elektra (Claudio Abbado, Eva Marton, Brigitte Fassbaender) (2006/1989)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | 7.14 Gb (DVD9) | 109 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Italiano

Recorded at the Vienna State Opera house in 1989, this staging of Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Elektra is one of the glories of live opera on film, deserving of eternal availability. The DVD picture has great clarity, despite the darkness of Hans Schavernoch’s set design. Other than the cliché of a huge statue head, toppled on its side, the set manages to be suitably representative of a decaying palace as well as an imposing, theatrical space, dominated by the mammoth body of the statue from which the head apparently dropped, draped with the ropes that seem to have enabled the decapitation. Sooner or later most of the characters cling to and twist around those ropes, an apt stage metaphor for the remorseless repercussions from the murder of Agammenon by his unfaithful wife Klytämnestra and her paramour, Aegisthus. Reinhard Heinrich’s costumes capture a distant era while sustaining a creepily modern look — part Goth, part homeless, part Spa-wear.
Strauss Richard - Der Rosenkavalier (Carlos Kleiber, Felicity Lott, Ann Sofie von Otter) (2001/1994)

Strauss Richard - Der Rosenkavalier (Carlos Kleiber, Felicity Lott, Ann Sofie von Otter) (2001/1994)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 4.06 Gb+6.87 Gb (DVD5+DVD9) | 193 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese

The epic grandeur of Der Rosenkavalier stems not just from its immense length (over three hours) but from the all-too-human complexity of its characters–each of whom is smitten with someone else–and the endless stream of graceful melodies the composer conjures. After the tonality-stretching dissonance of Salome and especially Elektra, Strauss moved onto a different musical path here: the music's sheer gorgeousness has given this most heartbreaking of 20th-century operas its pride of place in the repertory.
Strauss Richard - Capriccio (Donald Runnicles, Kiri Te Kanawa) (2003/1993)

Strauss Richard - Capriccio (Donald Runnicles, Kiri Te Kanawa) (2003/1993)
PAL 4:3 (720x576) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 7.52 Gb (DVD9) | 144 min
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol

Capriccio is somewhat unique in the opera repertoire. this "conversation piece for music in one act" was written in 1942 during Strauss' later years and concerns an intellectual discussion at a soiree about whether words or music are the most important in opera, thus an opera itself. Strauss himself feared that the public at large would not know how to take this "treat for cultural connoisseurs" - but he was wrong. His theatrical "thatrical fugue" was to become one of the most frequently performed of his late works. This production provides a wonderful showcase for the inimitable Kiri Te Kanawa, a Strauss specialist, who sparkles her way through the role of the humoured and charming contess torn between two suitors.