Hindemith - Mathis der Maler (DVD)
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Label: Naxos - DVD
Cat No: 211069192
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 13th August 2021
Magdalena Anna Hofmann
Slovak Philharmonic Choir
ConductorBertrand de Billy
The powerful production is conducted by Bertrand de Billy, who maintains a close relationship to many opera companies and orchestras in Austria including Theater an der Wien. Seen and Heard International wrote of this performance: ‘Bertrand de Billy gave a more impressive performance… this was a powerful reading which, courtesy of tirelessly committed playing from the Vienna Symphony Orchestra, penetrated to the core of Hindemith’s musical imagination. Choral singing from the Slovak Philharmonic Choir was of the highest standard throughout’.
About the cast, Seen and Heard International added: ‘The cast was strong too, in some cases very strong indeed. Wolfgang Koch proved a heroic Mathis. If occasionally his voice [sounded] tired towards the end, that fitted perfectly well with the drama. Kurt Streit was an unfailingly intelligent Albrecht. Manuela Uhl… offered at times ravishing vocal performances matched by fine stage presence and sense.’
Other Theater an der Wien audiovisual releases include Weber’s Euryanthe (2110656 / NBD0107V), which was an Opera News Editor’s Choice: ‘the performers make a compelling musical case for the opera – its deceptively simple lyricism, formal inventions, haunting orchestration, dramatic insights and especially the role for chorus, which is, paradoxically, stellar.’
- Mathis: Wolfgang Koch
- Albrecht von Brandenburg: Kurt Streit
- Riedinger: Franz Grundheber
- Ursula: Manuela Uhl
- Hans Schwalb: Raymond Very
- Regina: Katerina Tretyakova
- Lorenz von Pommersfelden: Martin Snell
- Wolfgang Capito: Charles Reid
- Sylvester von Schaumberg: Oliver Ringelhahn
- Truchseß von Waldburg: Ben Connor
- Helfenstein’s Piper: Andrew Owens
- Countess Helfenstein: Magdalena Anna Hofmann
Stage director: Keith Warner
Set designer: Johan Engels
Costume designer: Emma Ryott
Lighting designer: Mark Jonathan
Filmed in 2012 at the Theater an der Wien, Vienna
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (Worldwide)
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