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John Quinn
MusicWeb International, October 2013

Verborgenheit has a lovely Straussian feel in the orchestration by Joseph Marx…Renée Fleming’s tone is sumptuous and the line is always lovely.

The performance of Er ist’s is light and eager; Wolf’s scoring is very effective here. Miss Fleming’s singing is ecstatic at the end and the orchestra matches her when they take over to bring the song to its conclusion. The orchestration of Elfenlied is by Günter Raphael…His scoring is gossamer light and very delicate. Renée Fleming’s engaging performance is sheer delight. She’s very expressive in the slow, serious Anakreons Grab. Mignon…was orchestrated twice by Wolf…It’s one of Wolf’s greatest and grandest songs. Renée Fleming gives a fabulous, passionate reading of it, alive to every nuance.

As an encore she and Thielemann treat us to a gorgeous account of Befreit

In this performance the sound produced by the Staatskapelle Dresden is magnificent. There’s a wonderful depth to the tone, whether they’re playing loudly or softly—and when the volume is loud there’s never a question that the tone is being forced. You can hear this tonal depth right through the spectrum of volume at the end of the first movement when Thielemann and his players build up to the closing peroration with great dignity and fine control. This is a profoundly satisfying reading.

…the concert overall is most enjoyable and rewarding…the visual presentation is excellent and the glorious playing of the Staatskapelle Dresden and Renée Fleming’s gorgeous voice are reproduced in good sound. © 2013 MusicWeb International Read complete review

Rob Cowan
Gramophone, September 2013

BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 / WOLF, H.: Lieder (Fleming, Thielemann) (NTSC) OA1115D
BRUCKNER, A.: Symphony No. 7 / WOLF, H.: Lieder (Fleming, Thielemann) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7127D

A sequence of Hugo Wolf songs (plus Strauss’s deeply moving ‘Befreit’) featuring Renée Fleming proves Thielemann to be the most sensitive and responsive of accompanists, anticipating or reflecting his soloist’s every phrase. Fleming is in glorious voice, especially in such masterpieces as Wolf’s ‘Anakreons Grab’ and ‘Mignon’, both orchestrated by Wolf himself, and both sung with total conviction. © Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone

Hank Zauderer
My Classical Notes, July 2013

This DVD is posted as the DVD of the month for July, 2013, because it fulfilled dual roles for me, and perhaps for you, as well: On one hand, it allows us to simply delight and enjoy the amazing voice and interpretations of songs performed by Renee Fleming.

Yet, there’s work to do for me, at least: and that’s my on-going work to explore the music of an enigmatic composer, whose name is Anton Bruckner. More listening is bound to be helpful.

Austrian composer Hugo Wolf is best known for his songs; and they are especially great when sung by Renée Fleming with the utmost delicacy and intimacy. © 2013 My Classical Notes Read complete review

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