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Henson Keys
Parterre Box, March 2015

Christian Thielemann’s spirited, precise conducting and the superb, sumptuous playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden are the finest features of this strongly cast performance of Strauss’s Arabella…

The cast is led by Renée Fleming, in excellent late-career voice, as Arabella, a role that seems to suit her musically and histrionically…she exudes youthful warmth and longing, seems to connect with the character, and gives a moving and deeply felt performance.

The beautiful reconciliation scenes that end the opera are superbly rendered. © 2015 Parterre Box Read complete review



Mark Mandel
Opera News, March 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 717208
STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 717304

…the conducting is charged and the playing beautiful, so ravishing that one revels even in Arabella’s allegedly arid stretch from the middle of Act II through most of Act III.

Renée Fleming, as Arabella, and Thomas Hampson, as Mandryka, are in good late-career form…their intelligence, musicianship, phrasing, acting and looks carrying the day. Fleming still spins out lovely lines in the role that perhaps best suits her artistry and temperament. © 2015 Opera News Read complete review



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2015

…Fleming is in lovely voice and looks just as lovely in front of the camera.

On musical grounds everything proceeds well, and it was a special treat to hear Thielemann and the Dresdeners in the sumptuous orchestral interludes… © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, February 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014) (NTSC) 717208
STRAUSS, R.: Arabella (Salzburg Easter Festival, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) 717304

…with the Staatskapelle Dresden under Christian Thielemann, Strauss’s score is heard in its best light, with the orchestra’s contribution leading up to the final reconciliation especially beautiful. There’s fine work from the rest of the cast…particularly Hanna-Elisabeth Müller’s convincingly boyish Zdenka and Daniel Behle’s ardent, strongly sung Matteo. Benjamin Bruns, Derek Welton and Steven Humes are excellent as the three Counts. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, December 2014

Director Florentine Klepper overcame the challenge for something new and different yet in immaculate taste by traversing the scene into the 20th century, the Art Deco period with a gorgeous, panoramic set fitting nicely onto the wide stage of the Grosses Festpielhaus.

For the title role, Renée Fleming has been the reigning diva of Straussian heroines. Her uncanny ability to delve her entire self into the character has been legendary and her soprano voice has all the delicacy and nuance for this very demanding role.

Highest praise goes for Thielemann who conducts with beautifully sustained broad tempi, relishing in the beauties of the score, keeping it as an undercurrent, but coming to the fore just at the right moments and towards a ravishing finale. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, October 2014

Fleming is in radiant form, and here she has an appropriate Mandryka—Thomas Hampson. There is much to admire in this performance… © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review





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