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Charles H. Parsons
American Record Guide, September 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Richard Strauss Gala / My Strauss (Documentary, 2014) (Thielemann) (NTSC) 728908
STRAUSS, R.: Richard Strauss Gala / My Strauss (Documentary, 2014) (Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 729004

The Staatskapelle upholds its Strauss credentials with honor: precision, sumptuous sound, well-honed in the tradition of playing Strauss. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide



Huntley Dent
Fanfare, September 2015

The three sopranos who take the stage individually deliver variable performances. The most impressive by far is the American Christine Goerke, who rather late in her career blossomed into an exciting, dramatic singer who made headlines. At 45 Goerke is in her prime, and…her ability to encompass the notes can hardly be surpassed on the present operatic scene—for me, she makes the whole evening. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



David Patrick Stearns
Gramophone, July 2015

STRAUSS, R.: Richard Strauss Gala / My Strauss (Documentary, 2014) (Thielemann) (NTSC) 728908
STRAUSS, R.: Richard Strauss Gala / My Strauss (Documentary, 2014) (Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) 729004

…the Staatskapelle Dresden, with its distinctively mellow sound, is ideal for Strauss, and the singers are mostly well chosen for their appointed arias. © 2015 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, May 2015

…my prayers having been answered by this superbly chosen trio of dramatic sopranos, all producing the necessary vocal heft in spades. All three were in remarkable form, giving their all which the packed audience responded to with relish. With the music of Richard Strauss running through its veins I doubt there is a finer interpreter of this repertoire than the Staatskapelle Dresden under Thielemann. On this evidence it is easy to see why the Staatskapelle became known as the ‘Richard Strauss orchestra’.

It would be hard to find greater performances of Strauss’s music such is the excellence on display at the Semperoper. The documentary film ‘My Richard Strauss’ by director Andreas Morell is a real bonus. © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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