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Nielsen - Maskarade (sung in German) (Blu-ray) | Naxos - Blu-ray NBD0174V

Nielsen - Maskarade (sung in German) (Blu-ray)

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Label: Naxos - Blu-ray

Cat No: NBD0174V

Barcode: 0730099017466

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 22nd March 2024

Contents

Artists

Michael Porter (tenor)
Monika Buczkowska (soprano)
Susan Bullock (soprano)
Alfred Reiter (bass)
Liviu Holender (baritone)
Samuel Levine (tenor)
Michael McCown (tenor)
Barbara Zechmeister (soprano)
Chor der Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

Conductor

Titus Engel

Works

Nielsen, Carl

Masquerade, FS39

Artists

Michael Porter (tenor)
Monika Buczkowska (soprano)
Susan Bullock (soprano)
Alfred Reiter (bass)
Liviu Holender (baritone)
Samuel Levine (tenor)
Michael McCown (tenor)
Barbara Zechmeister (soprano)
Chor der Oper Frankfurt
Frankfurter Opern- und Museumsorchester

Conductor

Titus Engel

About

Nielsen’s Maskarade is regarded as Denmark’s national opera. It combines folk-song character, Mozartean elegance and virtuoso surprises to create what conductor Titus Engel describes as ‘musical comedy that’s both witty and of the highest calibre’. Based on an 18th-century play by Ludvig Holberg, the story revolves around Leander and Leonora who meet at a masquerade ball, swear undying love, and then have to deal with the complicated consequences of their situation, all accompanied by Nielsen’s irresistibly sparkling score. This acclaimed contemporary staging from Oper Frankfurt is sung in a new German translation and directed by Tobias Kratzer.

With its lively dances, superbly acted and witty libretto, and Carl Nielsen’s highly individual sense of harmony and lyrical expressiveness, this is a comic opera that ‘has it all’, having that rare quality in this genre of being genuinely funny. Maskarade has always had an exciting aura of freshness and discovery about it, and that frisson between neo-Classical modernity and 18th-century Enlightenment sensibility adds further dimensions to its wildly entertaining fascination.

This 2021 Frankfurt production received critical acclaim:

‘The cast was solid, led by the German bass Alfred Reiter as Jeronimus, with a flexible voice, well-emitted bass and a controlled register that he showed with intelligence of means and an ideal performance. The American tenor Michael Porter showed the light of a showy timbre, with great ease in the entire upper third… The winner of the evening was the Austrian baritone Liviu Holender as Henrik… Full voice, smooth colour of full lyrical baritone, convincing actor, he knew how to live up to a committed and central role, he was the last to come out to say hello and received the loudest ovation of the night’ – plateamagazine.com

‘Titus Engel highlighted Nielsen’s magnificent orchestration with a sufficiently agile and transparent work, which shone even more than in the overture, in the other orchestral passages, such as the beautiful prelude to the second act – splendid woodwinds – with a lyricism that contrasted appropriately with the fast-paced finale of the first act…’ – codalario.com

Cast:
- Jeronimus: Alfred Reiter (bass)
- Magdelone: Susan Bullock (soprano)
- Leander: Michael Porter (tenor)
- Henrik: Liviu Holender (baritone)
- Arv: Samuel Levine (tenor)
- Leonard: Michael McCown (tenor)
- Leonora: Monika Buczkowska (soprano)
- Pernille: Barbara Zechmeister (soprano)

Picture format: HD 16:9
Sound format: PCM stereo and DTS-HD MA 5.1
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean
Region: A, B, C

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