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Korngold: Die Tote Stadt (Berlin 1983) (James King/ Karan Armstrong/ William Murray/ Margit Neubauer/ Donald Grobe/ Heinrich Hollreiser/ Götz Friedrich) (Arthaus: 101656)


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"If Berlin's opera devotees were asked to name the most thrilling, most memorable productions in any of the city's three houses during the last twenty-five years, hardly anyone would hesitate to include Götz Friedrich's 1983 Deutsche Oper staging of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's opera Die tote Stadt on the list. That production - starring Friedrich's wife, Karan Armstrong, as Marietta and James King as Paul with breathtakingly beautiful sets by Andreas Reinhardt that captured the gloomy, morbid atmosphere of old Brügge perfectly - is justly considered a legend."

OPERA NEWS, 2004

LIVE RECORDING FROM THE DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN, 1983
Paul JAMES KING
Marietta / Marie's Apparition KARAN ARMSTRONG
Frank WILLIAM MURRAY
Brigitta MARGIT NEUBAUER
Victorin DONALD GROBE
DEUTSCHE OPER BERLIN
Conducted by HEINRICH HOLLREISER
Stage Directed by GÖTZ FRIEDRICH
Set by ANDREAS REINHARDT

BANNED - FORGOTTEN
Of all the successful composers of opera in the 1920s, it is perhaps Erich Wolfgang Korngold (1897-1957) whose career took the most surprising turn following the banning of his works as "degenerate" in Germany. In 1934 he was invited by Max Reinhardt to Hollywood, where Korngold turned the new genre of film music on its head. No composer before or since ever achieved such a prominent position within film production. Instead of the director or producer deciding on a scene's musical accompaniment, it was Korngold's score that determined the timings and dramatic sequences of the camera positions. Even today Korngold is best known as a composer of film scores. Despite the many successful performances of works such as his violin concerto and his chamber music, today only Die tote Stadt has survived as a rarity on the programmes of the world's major and medium-sized opera houses. Götz Friedrich's production played no small part in this survival, for not only was it shown in Berlin and Vienna, it was also shipped to Los Angeles and more recently, in 1995, loaned to Ghent, to the theatre which in 1967 was bold enough to stage only the second production of the work after the Second World War.
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Item number 101656
Barcode 807280165692
Release date 01/10/2012
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