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Nielsen: Maskerade / Schirmer, Bruck, Kirch

Nielsen / Wiener Sym / Schirmer
Release Date: 01/01/2000 
Label:  Capriccio Records   Catalog #: 93512  
Composer:  Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Günter MiessenhardtMarkus BrückDaniel KirchAdrian Thompson,   ... 
Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

PICTURE FORMAT: NTSC / Colour / 4:3
SOUND FORMATS: 5.1 Surround / 2.0 Dolby Digital
REGION CODE: 0 (worldwide)
SUBTITLES: German, English, French, Danish This opera by Danish composer Carl Nielsen (1865-1931) was presented at the Bregenz Festival in summer 2005 in a celebrated new production by David Pountney.

R E V I E W S

"Today, 'Masquerade' was performed in Bregenz for the first time in the German-speaking world. Director David Pountney himself produced the opera, and together with stage designer Johan Engels and light magician Wolfgang Göbbel managed to give this work a brilliant frame. The work is performed in German. … Ulf Schirmer conducts this complex work with humorous
Read more wit, and thus became the true star of the night. The conductor from Bremen is a Nielsen expert, and received a Grammy nomination for his recording of ‘Masquerade' with the Danish National Orchestra. He is also a very demanding conductor, but the Vienna Symphony Orchestra was well able to live up to his demands, playing the difficult score … with a lot of energy and virtuosity, easily ‘taking to the stranger'. The extremely difficult overture became the first ‘hit song', you could almost see the masks dancing. … The audience … enthusiastically celebrated this work.” -- www.klassik.com

“Ulf Schirmer at the stand of the Vienna Symphony Orchestra is passionately devoted to this work. He strikes a plausible balance between the comic turbulence of swirling violins reminiscent of Mozart's ‘Figaro' and the insisting, darker underlying motif that repeatedly resurfaces from the lower parts as early as in the overture. A dry, sparkling sound like champagne that never goes to one's head or obscures the view of reality. Ulf Schirmer comments the punch lines and Baroque stylistic masquerades of this fantastically profound, sparkling music with dry humour and clever wit.” -- Der Tagesspiegel
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Works on This Recording

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Maskarade, FS 39 by Carl Nielsen
Performer:  Günter Miessenhardt (Voice), Markus Brück (Baritone), Daniel Kirch (Tenor),
Adrian Thompson (Tenor), Julia Juon (Mezzo Soprano), Ernst D. Suttheimer (Voice)
Conductor:  Ulf Schirmer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1904-1906; Denmark 
Language: German 

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