Strauss, R: Der Rosenkavalier (Blu-ray)

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Renee Fleming, Franz Hawlata, Sophie Koch, Munchner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Renée Fleming (Marschallin),
Franz Hawlata (Baron Ochs),
Sophie Koch (Octavian),
Diana Damrau (Sophie),
Jonas Kaufmann (The Italian Tenor),
Franz Grundheber (Faninal),
Jane Henschel (Annina)

Munchner Philharmoniker, Christian Thielemann

Renée Fleming performs in a wonderful version of Der Rosenkavalier with an all star cast. Sophie Koch, Diana Damrau, Franz Hawlata, Jonas Kaufmann perform in this Decca release with the Munchner Philharmoniker and Christian Thielemann conducting.

For this filming, Baden-Baden Festival Opera is re-staging the celebrated Herbert Wernicke production, already seen in Salzburg (1995) and Paris (1998) – a stylish pastiche of vast mirrors, Viennese Baroque decorations, Hollywood-esque staircases and early 20th century evening wear.

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BBC Music Magazine

August 2010


“[Fleming] speaks volumes with those expressive eyes and floats the trio's opening phrase to perfection...Sophie Koch produces rich, impassioned sounds and makes a convincing boy...Kaufmann [is] handsome and oddly impressive as the Italian tenor”

The Guardian

11th December 2009


“we have Christian Thielemann's immaculately bittersweet conducting and Renée Fleming's Marschallin, sung and acted with superb conviction...Watch out, meanwhile, for Jonas Kaufmann's brief, but sensational appearance as the Italian Tenor.”

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