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Charles H Parsons
American Record Guide, March 2013

Finally a recording of Die Tote Stadt I can live with! Better still, it’s a video that I can live with too! This 1983 performance from German Opera Berlin is as good as it gets. The two principal roles (Marietta and Paul) are seemingly almost impossible to sing, yet here they are in all their glory. Armstrong not only sings the right notes with plenty of power, but she also acts. King is a pillar of vocal strength. He barrels through the demanding music with its unbelievably high tessitura and high notes, with plenty of power, never a waver, perfectly calm. He makes it look easy. Murray sings most mellifluously in his dual roles. The cast all round is superior. Hollreiser whips the orchestra into an excited frenzy of musical enchantment. © 2013 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Robert Benson, December 2012

This superb new video gives us the opportunity to view a TV production by Götz Friedrich for Deutsche Oper Berlin in 1983. Sets are darkly appropriate, costumes colorful. The opera can be a showcase for both principal singers and it surely is here. Karen Armstrong…has a voice that easily can soar in Korngold’s beautiful music, and dramatically she could not be bettered. A beautiful woman, she throws herself into the double roles (Marie/Marietta) completely, dances well…She is matched by James King, sterling vocally…He also vividly portrays the tortured Paul. This is a very demanding role, and King is in top form. William Murray also is excellent in the double role of Frank/Fritz…Herinrich Hollreiser’s conducting cannot be faulted.

If you want to experience Die Tote Stadt this new issue surely is the one to get… © 2013 Read complete review

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