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William R. Braun
Opera News, August 2017

SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014) (NTSC) OA1227D
SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7215D

Thomas Eitler’s Dutch National Opera chorus is fine-toned. The orchestra is full of excellent woodwind soloists, especially when Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke does the Witch from Hansel and Gretel in his Klaus-Narr solo. Albrecht keeps the music in constant, fluid expansion and contraction of speed and volume until an abruptly rigid tempo at the beginning of the Wild Ride makes the music eerier. © 2017 Opera News Read complete review



Mark Sealey
MusicWeb International, May 2017

…the great strength of this performance is that both singing and vocal projection are in accord with acting and visual presence; and acting and visual presence unselfconsciously support and achieve then maintain a difficult balance between emblem, stylisation, effect and emotions and concerns, about which we cannot help but care. © 2017 MusicWeb International Read complete review




Hugo Shirley
Gramophone, March 2017

SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014) (NTSC) OA1227D
SCHOENBERG, A.: Gurre-Lieder (Staged Version) (DNO, 2014) (Blu-ray, HD) OABD7215D

Burkhard Fritz, though a little stretched vocally, carries the dramatic weight admirably, running the Tristanesque gamut from ecstasy to the deepest despair and delirium. Emily Magee takes a little while to find the shimmering lyricism in her voice but is a moving, entranced and entrancing Tove. Anna Larsson…is a sternly impassioned Waldtaube here, and the character’s long scene is a highlight of the staging. Melles’s mercurial narrator, given a spoken prologue, is excellent. The way she and other characters appear even when not singing helps Audi to weave together his compelling vision.

The accompanying documentary focuses on the DNO chorus, with justification: they are terrific throughout. The detailed, virtuoso playing of the orchestra and Marc Albrecht’s clear-sighted but impassioned conducting need fear no comparison with the best audio-only versions. A very impressive achievement all round. © 2017 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone





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