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Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, November 2013

This marvellous Opus Arte release is the film of Christian Thielemann’s inaugural concert as music director of the Staatskapelle Dresden…Filmed at their beautiful Semperoper home in Dresden the concert was a spectacular event which included a stunning performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No 7.

Director Henning Kasten does a splendid job with this live concert which is impressively filmed in High Definition. The camera-work inside the Semperoper is highly effective and beautifully shot revealing good detail and a vivid colour palette. The sound quality of the audio formats feels excellent providing a satisfying ambience, a mid-orchestra sound perspective and revealing significant detail.

On Blu-Ray this beautifully filmed and recorded live performance of Bruckner’s Symphony No 7 under Christian Thielemann is worthy of special praise. © 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

Lawrence D. Devoe, MD, August 2013

The rich, creamy vocalism of Ms Fleming receives sympathetic support from maestro Christian Thielemann and his players. The Bruckner symphony is perfectly paced and beautifully performed.

A well shot video from beginning to end, thanks to Henning Kasten’s camera crew…Coverage of the orchestra and hall are outstanding and the colors, nigh unto perfect.

The Wolf and Strauss songs sound simply made for Ms Fleming’s voice…The centerpiece of this disc, a masterful reading of a towering orchestral work, is the main reason to consider its purchase…this disc is an easy top Blu-ray recommendation for the Bruckner 7, besides providing the marvelous bonus of the orchestral songs. © 2013 Read complete review

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