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Evening Star - German Opera Arias / Thomas Quasthoff, Et Al


Release Date: 03/05/2002 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 471493   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Albert LortzingRichard WagnerRichard StraussCarl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Thomas QuasthoffChristiane Oelze
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper OrchestraBerlin Deutsche Oper Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



Once more Thomas Quasthoff puts us in his debt with a recital wholly out of the ordinary, executed – with Thielemann’s eager cooperation – confidently in singing of such strength and beauty as to almost silence criticism. Surveying German Romantic opera from the now-neglected Lortzing to Richard Strauss, he ranges easily through roles usually assigned to either a specifically baritone or bass voice.

In the lengthy extracts from Zar und Zimmermann he portrays both the pompous, amusingly portrayed mayor Van Bett and the upright figure of the Tsar, whose Act 3 aria he sings with refined tone and elegiac feeling having by then portrayed Van Bett’s preening in a voice perhaps not quite
Read more ‘fat’ enough for the ridiculous fellow. In Der Wildschütz he is funny as the schoolmaster Baculus, a buffo bass figure whose ‘Fünftausend Taler’ used to be a staple of a German bass’s repertory; then he sings Graf Eberbach’s lovely solo in a mellow baritone. It’s good to be reminded in such a positive way of Lortzing’s merits.

In a complete change of mood he then projects all the malevolent ardour of Lysiart’s highly original aria from Euryanthe, a work just revived this summer at Glyndebourne. This is a reading that recalls the style, in compact tone and verbal acuity, of the late, great Hermann Uhde. In the Tannhäuser pieces he projects the address of the benevolent Landgrave with complete authority and then sings Wolfram’s Evening Star aria, from which the CD takes its title, with perfection of tone and line. Finally he catches finely old Morosus’s restored peace after all the disturbing events of Die schweigsame Frau have finally come to an end. Once again, like his bass-baritone predecessor Hans Hotter, he easily encompasses the low range of this solo.

Thielemann, and his Berlin orchestra and chorus, are at one with their soloist throughout, and the recording catches everything in a clear, warm perspective.

--Gramophone Magazine Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Zar und Zimmermann: O sancta justitia! by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Language: German 
2.
Zar und Zimmermann: Den Hohen Herrscher...Heil sei dem Tag by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 37 Secs. 
Language: German 
3.
Zar und Zimmermann: Sonst spielt ich mit Szepter by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1837; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Language: German 
4.
Der Wildschütz: Fünftausend Taler by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Language: German 
5.
Der Wildschütz: Lass Er doch hören...Bei diesem schliemmen Fall by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Christiane Oelze (Soprano), Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 8 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: German 
6.
Der Wildschütz: Wie freundlich strahlt die holde Morgensonne by Albert Lortzing
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1842; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 49 Secs. 
Language: German 
7.
Tannhäuser: Gar viel und schön by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 6 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: German 
8.
Tannhäuser: O, du mein holder Abendstern by Richard Wagner
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1845/1861; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 5 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection begins with "Wie Todesahnung..." 
9.
Die schweigsame Frau, Op. 80: Wie schön ist doch die Musik by Richard Strauss
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1933-1934; Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 4 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 
10.
Euryanthe, J 291/Op. 81: Wo berg'ich mich?...Und er soll by Carl Maria von Weber
Performer:  Thomas Quasthoff (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Christian Thielemann
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1822-1823; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/2001 
Venue:  Great Hall, Philharmonie, Berlin 
Length: 9 Minutes 9 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Zar und Zimmermann / Act 1: Nr.4 Arie: "O sancta justitia!"
Zar und Zimmermann / Act 3: Nr.13 Ensemble: "Den hohen Herrscher würdig..."
Zar und Zimmermann / Act 3: No.14 Lied:"Sonst spielt' ich mit Zepter, mit Krone.."
Der Wildschütz / Act 2: Fünftausend Taler!... Träum oder wach' ich?
Der Wildschütz / Act 1: "Lass Er doch hören"/"Bei diesem schlimmen Fall"
Der Wildschütz / Act 3: Wie freundlich strahlt die holde Morgensonne
Euryanthe / Act 2: Wo berg' ich mich? ... Schweigt, glüh'nden Sehnens
Tannhäuser / Act 2: "Gar viel und schön"
Tannhäuser / Act 3: Wie Todesahnung... O du mein holder Abendstern (Wolfram)
Die schweigsame Frau, Op.80 / Act 3: Wie schön ist doch die Musik

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