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Richard Strauss - Arabella / Thielemann, Te Kanawa, Brendel, Metropolitan Opera
Richard Strauss - Arabella / Thielemann Te Kanawa Brendel Metropolitan Opera
Actors: Kiri Te Kanawa, Wolfgang Brendel, Marie McLaughlin, Natalie Dessay, Christian Thielemann
Directors: Otto Schenk, Brian Large
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
NR     2001     2hr 58min

Criticizing Richard Strauss for composing melodically enduring operas is as pointless as lambasting Vermeer for painting only exquisite interior scenes. Those who say Strauss never improved on Rosenkavalier may be right,...  more »

     
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Actors: Kiri Te Kanawa, Wolfgang Brendel, Marie McLaughlin, Natalie Dessay, Christian Thielemann
Directors: Otto Schenk, Brian Large
Creators: Helga Dernesch, Donald McIntyre, The Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus, David Kuebler, The Metropolitan Opera, Richard Strauss, Hugo von Hofmannstahl
Genres: Indie & Art House, Comedy, Drama, Musicals & Performing Arts
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Romantic Comedies, Love & Romance, Classical
Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen
DVD Release Date: 06/19/2001
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/1996
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 2hr 58min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Chinese

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jeremy peterman | tempe, AZ USA | 06/18/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"i've never seen so many big names in one opera before ; also, nathalie dessay has a little role in act II, but that's not really highlighted ; it's definitely a must-have for anyone who wants 2 hours of not stop beautiful music"
I love this opera!
LizN | California | 02/03/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was unfamiliar with the story of this opera until I saw it awhile back. It's quite an amusing little story. Te Kanawa looks the part of Arabella (even though she is over 50 in this performance), and she sings it with proper emotion. I don't understand people who say she sings without feeling. The rest of the cast is top notch. One of the perks of this recording is debut role of Natalie Dessay as the Fiakermilli."
A Wonderful Performance
David D. Dollinger | Pasadena, CA | 06/02/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Earlier criticism of Strauss was that he was washed up after his earlier operatic successes. Fortunately all post WWII performances of the later works have proved this silly generalization wrong. Arabella is a case in point. I suppose for non-German speaking auditors the arioso/recitative style that is common to much the later Strauss is perhaps the greatest hurtle to overcome. And the rewards are many for those that stick with this score.

This performance is superb. Te Kanawa is in lustrous voice and Brendel is excellent, but then I find no weak link in the cast. Many have criticized Kiri's German and I understand that she has admitted to finding the text of German operas somewhat daunting. (A pity that she didn't spend a year or two in a German house.) I have not seen/heard the Janowitz version and am reluctant because it is a film and lipsynching alienating. Additionally the German diva has been guilty of being more interested in the tone and textually she has received some low marks, notably for her Elsa. So for me there is no choice. A great live performance conducted by one of the best German conductors or Solti whose recording of the opera is brutal.

Incidentally one of the previous reviewer states that there are no subtitles. This is not true. He needs to look at the back page of the notes provided. It is necessary to "hit" menu and the data is provided. Newer DGG releases have formatted their DVD's."