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100 Years Deutsche Oper Berlin - Centennial Edition

Blacher / Deutsche Oper Berlin / Papadjiakou
Release Date: 05/28/2013 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107528  
Composer:  Boris BlacherCarl Heinrich GraunErich Wolfgang KorngoldAribert Reimann,   ... 
Performer:  Helmut KrebsCarol MaloneVictor von HalemGerti Zeumer,   ... 
Conductor:  Caspar RichterHans HilsdorfHeinrich HollreiserFriedemann Layer,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper ChorusBerlin Deutsche Oper OrchestraBerlin Opera Orchestra,   ... 
Number of Discs: 5 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For its 100th anniversary the Deutsche Oper Berlin is featured in a special edition of live recordings that were produced since the start of TV broadcasts from the opera house. Following the first DVD collection from the 1960s, this box contains operas from the 1970s and 1980s-treasures in color featuring great opera singers, stage directors and contemporary composers.

100 YEARS DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN – Centennial Edition
(5-DVD Box Set)

Boris Blacher

Vater Fadenkreutz – Lisa Otto
Mutter Fadenkreutz – Ivan Sardi
Wilhelm – Manfred Röhrl
Auguste – Gerti Zeumer
Assessor Birkhahn – Donald Grobe
Bürgenmeister – Victor
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Bürgenmeisterin – Barbara Scherler
Adelaide – Carol Malone
Zitzewitz – Helmut Krebs

Deutsche Oper Berlin Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Albert Limbach)
Caspar Richter, conductor

Winfried Bauernfeind, stage director
Ernst Wurzer, set designer
Werner Juhrke, costume designer
Helmut Baumann, choreographer

Recorded live from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1974

Carl Heinrich Graun

Montezuma – Alexandra Papadjiakou
Eupaforice – Sophie Boulin
Erissena – Gudrun Sieber
Tezeuco – Catherine Gayer
Pilpatoè – Barbara Vogel
Ferdinand Cortes – Walton Grönroos
Narvès – Karl-Ernst Mercker

Berlin Deutsche Opera Orchestra
(harpsichord: Kevin McCutcheon)
Hans Hilsdorf, conductor

Herbert Wernicke, stage director, set and costume designer

Recorded at the Markgräfliches Opernhaus Bayreuth, 1982

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

Aribert Reimann

Der Alte – Hans Günter Nöcker
Die Mumie – Martha Mödl
Der Oberst – Horst Hiestermann
Der Student Arkenholz – David Knutson
Das Fräulein – Gudrun Sieber
Johansson – Donald Grobe
Bengtsson – William Dooley
Die Dunkle Dame – Barbara Scherler
Die Köchin – Kaja Borris

Ensemble Modern
Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Friedmann Layer, conductor

Heins Lukas-Kundermann, stage director
Dietrich Schoras, stage and costume designer

World première recording from the Hebbel-Theatre Berlin, 1984

Wolfgang Rihm

Oedipus – Andreas Schmidt
Kreon – William Pell
Tiresias – William Dooley
Bote – Lenus Carlson
Hirte – William Murray
Jokasta – Emily Golden

Berlin Deutsche Opera Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Georg Metz)
Christof Prick, conductor

Götz Friedrich, stage director
Andreas Reinhardt, stage and costume designer

World première recording from the Deutsche Oper Berlin, 1987


Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Mono (Preußisches Märchen, Montezuma) / PCM Stereo (Die tote Stadt, Die Gespenstersonate, Oedipus)
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 9 hours 18 mins (opera) + 8 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 5 (DVD 9)


Welcome to the Bizarro world of August Strindberg, a surrealistic existentialist of a playwright whose play Die Gespenstersonate (The Ghostly Sonata) was turned into an opera by Aribert Reimann... It’s just a dark, depressing little romp through a still-divided Berlin (1984) that puts you in mind of an Ingmar Bergman film on LSD... Mind you, it’s extremely well done. I was rather amazed to discover that both Grobe and Dooley had retained their voices at this late stage in their careers, though the most astonishing singing is from tenor Knutson as Arkenholz. The orchestra, such as it is, uses only 12 musicians, so you can’t say that they put a lot of money into the orchestra pit. Reimann’s score is 12-tone, eerie, and strongly reminiscent of Wozzeck. Yet as I was watching it, I kept thinking of the old takeoff that Saturday Night Live once did of depressing German stage works. In the back of my mind, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this opera should have been called Schlumpf. The almost 30-year-old film of this, the world premiere, is in very good condition and was transferred well to DVD format. If this kind of opera is your cup of tea, this is definitely a good choice.

-- Lynn René Bayley, FANFARE
reviewing Reimann's Die Gespenstersonate
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Works on This Recording

Preussisches Märchen, Op. 30 by Boris Blacher
Performer:  Helmut Krebs (Tenor), Carol Malone (Soprano), Victor von Halem (Bass),
Gerti Zeumer (Soprano), Donald Grobe (Tenor), Ivan Sardi (Bass),
Lisa Otto (Soprano), Manfred Röhrl (Bass), Barbara Scherler (Alto)
Conductor:  Caspar Richter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1949 
Montezuma by Carl Heinrich Graun
Performer:  Karl-Ernst Mercker (Tenor), Walton Grönroos (Baritone), Catherine Gayer (Soprano),
Barbara Vogel (Mezzo Soprano), Alexandra Papadjiakou (Mezzo Soprano), Sophie Boulin (Soprano),
Gudrun Sieber (Soprano)
Conductor:  Hans Hilsdorf
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1755 
Date of Recording: 1982 
Venue:  Markgräfliches Opernhaus, Bayreuth 
Die tote Stadt, Op 12 by Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Conductor:  Heinrich Hollreiser
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Opera Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1920; Vienna, Austria 
Die Gespenstersonate by Aribert Reimann
Performer:  Horst Heistermann (Tenor), Martha Mödl (Soprano), Hans Günther Nöcker (Tenor),
David Knutson (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Friedemann Layer
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Modern,  Junge Deutsche Philharmonie
Period: 20th Century 
Written: Germany 
Oedipus by Wolfgang Rihm
Performer:  Lenus Carlson (Baritone), William Murray (Bass), William Dooley (Baritone),
William Pell (Tenor), Andreas Schmidt (Baritone), Emily Golden (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Christof Prick
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Deutsche Oper Chorus,  Berlin Deutsche Oper Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1986-1987 
Date of Recording: 1987 

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