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Arthur Lintgen
Fanfare, January 2014

Jansons[’]…approach [in Don Juan] is rich, romantic, and generally slow…The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic insures that this is not a boring Don Juan…The climax sounds glorious as Jansons…milks the music for all its worth.

I can’t imagine a better choice than Nina Stemme to sing the Wesendonck Lieder with the Vienna Philharmonic. Her dark and rich voice has a mezzo-ish quality that suits the music well. Jansons is a discrete and rapt accompanist, who clearly delineates every aspect of Wagner’s lovely instrumentation as he blends the orchestra seamlessly with Stemme. This is special!

Brian Large’s video direction tastefully alternates between close-ups and distant shots…this is beautiful…music-making. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Mark Mandel
Opera News, November 2013

Orchestral Music - STRAUSS, R. / WAGNER, R. / BRAHMS, J. (Stemme, Jansons) (Salzburg Festival, 2012) (NTSC) 2072628
Orchestral Music - STRAUSS, R. / WAGNER, R. / BRAHMS, J. (Stemme, Jansons) (Salzburg Festival, 2012) (Blu-ray, Full-HD) 2072624

Nina Stemme, a great Isolde, here sings songs that served as studies for Tristan und Isolde.

…Stemme has a warm, sumptuous midrange that suits these sensuous, chromatic songs.

The most satisfying performance is the Don Juan, in which the Vienna Philharmonic (including eight women) ravishes the ear with violins that sear as they soar, a limpid oboe solo and a sonorous five-horn choir, yet Jansons captures the young Strauss’s brash verve as well. Many may relish this disc, with its great orchestra, simply as a luxurious, late-Romantic sound bath.

Technical matters—sound, picture, Brian Large’s video direction—are superb. © 2013 Opera News Read complete review

Nicholas Sheffo
Fulvue Drive-in, September 2013

Our latest Salzburg Festival entry has The Wiener Philharmonic, conducted by the legendary Mariss Jansons with a program of classics by Richard Strauss (Don Juan, Richard Wagner (Wesendonck-Lieder) and Johannes Brahms (Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68) that includes a fine set of vocal performances by opera singer Nina Stemme and runs a solid 95 minutes. Jansons shows a particular joy in his work and that translates into some of the best interpretations and performances of the classic pieces you will likely ever experience. © 2013 Fulvue Drive-in Read complete review

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