Die Frau Ohne Schatten (2 DVD)- Salzburg Festival

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Die Frau Ohne Schatten (2 DVD)- Salzburg Festival

Composer: Richard Straus
Artists: Stephen Gould, Anne Schwanewilms, Michaela Schuster, Evelyn Herlitzius, Wolfgang Koch, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Christian Thielemann
Directors: Christof Loy, Karina Fibich
Writers: Richard Strauss, Hugo von Hofmannsthal
Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-Ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: German (DTS-HD 5.1), German (PCM2 .0)
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Sound: 2.0 LPCM + 5.1(5.0) DTS
Aspect Ratio:1.78:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: May 29, 2012
Run Time: 220 minutes

Already brimming with symbols and transformations, the epic fairytale recounted by Strauss and his librettist Hofmannsthal in Die Frau Ohne Schatten acquires a further allegorical dimension in Christoph Loy`s inventive production for the Salzburg Festival.

The central character, the Empress - half-spirit, half-human and unable to bear children until she finds a shadow - here becomes a young soprano who makes a voyage of personal and professional discovery as she records the opera.

A superb cast fulfils the complex vocal and dramatic demands of the piece while Christian Thielemann and the Vienna Philharmonic rise gloriously to the challenges of Strauss`s most ambitious and splendid operatic score.

`[The Empress] is central throughout, compellingly acted and luminously sung by the marvelous Anne Schwanewilms. Orchestral detail has tremendous clarity and the documentary extra includes pithy insights from cast and crew.` (BBC Music Magazine)

 

History

Richard Strauss’s Die Frau ohne Schatten

Epic in musical scope and artistic imagination, Strauss and Hofmannsthal’s 1919 work makes extraordinary demands on its five leading singers, the orchestra, and the stage. The score is one of the composer’s richest and most evocative, reflecting the fantastical storyline that weaves together drama, fairy tale, and pure poetry.

 

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