A Richard Strauss Opera Gala Hildegard Behrens, Pamela Coburn, and Franz Hawlata feature in a gala concert recorded live from the 1996 Richard Strauss Festival at Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with Gustav Kuhn conducting the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. They sing a selection of arias and duets from Strauss's operas Capriccio and Salome. The concert opens with the orchestra playing the rarely-performed Symphonische Fantasie from Die Frau ohne Schatten. Directed by Fritz Zeilinger – 55
Orchestral Songs by Richard Strauss Richard Strauss wrote over two hundred songs, some of them of the finest lieder ever written. For just forty-two of these he composed orchestral accompaniments. These four programmes feature a selection of these orchestral songs, recorded live at the Richard Strauss Festival at Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Among the soloists are Pamela Coburn, Francisco Araiza, Mechthild Gessendorf, Hellen Kwon, Susan Anthony, Franz Hawlata and Dietrich Henschel. Roberto Abbado conducts the Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Frühlingsfeier (60’) Befreit (48’) Im Abendrot (45’) Winterliebe (54’) Directed by Helmut Rost Europamusicale This live recording, from the Munich Philharmonie, features a programme of orchestral works and operatic arias by composers including Beethoven, Berg, Prokofiev, Giordano, Rossini and Verdi. Gustav Kuhn conducts the European Community Youth Orchestra, with internationally acclaimed soloists including Francisco Araiza and Teresa Berganza, Edita Gruberova, Yevgeny Nesterenko and Boje Skovhus Directed by Volker Weicker - 120'
An Evening of Viennese Operetta This delightful evening of song features some of the most famous melodies of Austrian operetta composer Nico Dostal. Recorded live at the Hegelsaal in Stuttgart, the soloists are René Kollo, Regina Klepper, Werner Schneyder and Martina Dorak. Roman Dostal, the composer's son, conducts the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra. Directed by Claus Viller - 61'
A Franz Lehár Gala This programme features highlights from a gala concert given at Stuttgart's Hegelsaal celebrating the perennially popular music of the Hungarian composer of operettas, Franz Lehár. For this musical feast of melody and romance, Regina Klepper, Martina Dorak, Francisco Araiza and Werner Schneyder are accompanied by the Stuttgart Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Roland Seiffarth. Directed by Claus Viller – 62'
Josef Protschka and Maria Venuti:
A Song Recital The leading German tenor Josef Protschka is joined by the soprano Maria Venuti in a recital of songs by composers including Zumsteeg, Reichardt, Mozart, Methfessel, Taubert, Weber, Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy and Liszt, who all made musical settings for poems by Schiller. The accompanist is Helmut Deutsch. Directed by Hartmut Schottler - 96'
A Beethoven Evening with
Peter Schreier A live recording from the Festhalle in Bad Urach, in which the fine tenor Peter Schreier, accompanied by Norman Shetler, gives a recital consisting entirely of Beethoven lieder, among others the song cycle “An die ferne Geliebte”. Directed by Karlheinz Hundorf - 82'
Beethoven's Ah! Perfido This performance of Beethoven's most famous concert aria, for soprano and orchestra was recorded in the gothic Amanduskirche, southern Germany. The soprano is Alison Hargan, supported by the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti. Directed by János Darvas - 14'
Songs and Ballads by Carl Loewe One of the magnificent Renaissance rooms of the castle in Bad Urach, Southern Germany, is the intimate setting for a concert of songs and ballads by Carl Loewe, featuring Juliane Banse, Hermann Prey , Dietrich Henschel, and Franz Hawlata. Directed by Georges Gachot - 29'
„The Turks Are Travelling“ (Li Turchi Viaggiano) Media Aetas performs extracts of
the music programme written by
Roberto De Simone The Turks are travelling... In the Neapolitan tradition, "the Turks" are emblematic of the incursions from the Orient in earlier times. In magical symbolism, on the other hand, "the Turks" often represent the souls of the deceased; above all, when they are, at certain times, among the living... Li Turchi Viaggiano consists of original compositions and traditional material. When traditions die out, they can continue travelling in the creations of an artist, even if this occurs in a new form. This work genuinely reflects Roberto De Simone’s creative versatility, more than 20 years after he gained legendary success with his ‚Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare‘. ‚Media Aetas‘, which then succeeded the ‚NCCP‘, has become the ideal, Janus-headed performer of De Simone’s works, as it consists of the music theatre ensemble ‚Media Aetas Teatro‘, and the music group ‚Media Aetas‘. Its name meaning ‚Middle Ages‘, as well as ‚Period of Transition‘, this group unites outstanding singers/actors and some of Italy’s finest musicians, feeling equally at ease in folk, classical music and jazz. Directed by René Pandis and Wil Boettger - 30’