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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt / Hollreiser, King, Armstrong

Korngold / King / Armstrong / Hollreiser
Release Date: 10/30/2012 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101656  
Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Opera Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Of all the successful composers of opera in the 1920s, it is perhaps Erich Wolfgang Korngold whose career took the most surprising turn following the banning of his works as “degenerate” in Germany. In 1934 he was invited by Max Reinhardt to Hollywood, where Korngold turned the new genre of fi m music on its head. No composer before or since ever achieved such a prominent position within film production. Instead of the director or producer deciding on a scene’s musical accompaniment, it was Korngold’s score that determined the timings and dramatic sequences of the camera positions.

Even today Korngold is best known as a composer of film scores. Despite the many successful performances of works such as his violin concerto and
Read more his chamber music, today only Die tote Stadt has survived as a rarity on the programs of the world’s major and medium-sized opera houses. Götz Friedrich’s production played no small part in this survival, for not only was it shown in Berlin and Vienna, it was also shipped to Los Angeles and more recently, in 1995, loaned to Ghent, to the theatre which in 1967 was bold enough to stage only the second production of the work after the Second World War.

Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Paul – James King
Marietta – Karan Armstrong
Frank / Fritz – William Murray
Brigitta – Margit Neubauer
Juliette – Sylvia Greenberg
Lucienne – Ruthild Engert
Victorin – Donald Grobe
Graf Albert – David Knutson

Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Nandor Ronay)
Heinrich Hollreiser, conductor

Götz Friedrich, stage director
Andreas Reinhardt, stage designer
Margit Bárdy, costume designer
Jean-Pierre Liégeois, choreographer

Recorded at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1983

- Introduction by Götz Friedrich

Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 122 mins (opera) + 8 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Die tote Stadt, Op 12 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 

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 Not "wunderbar" November 29, 2014 By Salvatore Pellitteri (Whiting, NJ) See All My Reviews "Nice try but falls short or several levels. There are cuts and that is not acceptable in a standard length opera. The magnificent Leinsdorf recording provides more thrills on so many levels that you can use your imagination to see what this production fails to deliver. Very disappointing." Report Abuse
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