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Karl Goldmark – Die Königen von Saba

Karl Goldmark – Die Königen von Saba Jin Seok Lee (bass), Irma Mihelič (soprano), Nuttaporn Thammathi (tenor), Kevin Moreno (baritone), Károly Szemerédy (baritone), Katerina Hebelková (mezzo-soprano), Kim-Lillian Strebel (soprano), Andrei Yvan (bass) Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg, Extrachor des Theater Freiburg, Vokalensemble.

 

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HANDEL; LEO Rinaldo (Premiere of the 1718 Naples version)

Rinaldo – The original Rinaldo prioritised scenic spectacle – especially magic transformations – over dramatic coherence. Not surprisingly, the 1718 Naples pasticcio, recorded at the Valle d’Itria Festival in Martina Franca, is no less arbitrary. Giorgio Sangati’s staging, mixing (vaguely) 18th-century costumes, Venice carnival masks and modernist camp, is unpretentious and uncluttered. The substitute arias, often short-breathed, cannot rival Handel’s energy and melodic breadth, and a few outstay their welcome. But they are effective enough, if sometimes too tepid for character and situation. There’s a glaring incongruity in the final scene, for instance, where the condemned sorceress Armida – unrepentant in the Naples adaptation – rails against the Christians in a decorous Bononcini aria.

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Ricardo Zandonai – Francesca da Rimini

Ricardo Zandonai – Francesca da Rimini Christina Vasileva, Martin Muhle, Juan Orozco, Adriano Graziani, Kim-Lillian Strebel, Benedicte Tauran, Sally Wilson & Marija Jokovic Freiburger Kammerchor, Opern- und Extrachor des Theater Freiburg, Vokalensemble der Hochschule fur Musik, Freiburg & Philharmonisches Orchester Freiburg,...

 

Massenet: Cendrillon

Massenet: Cendrillon – Massenets opera Cendrillon has enjoyed enduring popularity on stage and in recordings, but there are surprisingly few DVD releases of this enchanting work. The timeless nature of this Freiburg production derives from an Alice in Wonderland look that stimulates the imagination as much as it does the senses, and our release of this acclaimed and impressively staged performance has been recorded as vividly as imaginable both on DVD and Blu-ray.