CD92007 Audio DIE TOTE STADT 1997 (thrilling performance!!!)
Dear Operalovers, this is a v e r y special performance of one of my favourite
pieces: DIE TOTE STADT. This evening is still a real gift of my memories. What
is so special?
First: in this production, you'll get every note(!), finally no cuts, like it is
in common sadly today!
Second: really a great dream cast. In the smaller roles you'll find a superb
Pierrot performed by Michael Nelle, who enjoyed every note of his "hit" MEIN
SEHNEN", on the other hand you'll get a very characteristic Frank performed by
Johann-Werner Prein. And next, here she is, the perfect voice for Marietta! I've
listened to so many performances with different casts, but never with such a
gorgeous voice like from Sue Patchell. Every note sounds easy, round, white
opened and overfloating with overtones! Take a special attention how easy she
reached her top-notes in Act3, absolutely amazing! Pure gold :-)
At the same level is Paul sung by Hubert Delamboye who give us a totally
obsessed reading of this difficult killer-role. He has all notes, the stamina,
the ringing and knows exactly, what he sings and uses a great voix-mixte and
delivers unbelievable mezza-voce effects. Listen, the mid-part of the famous
duett "Glück, das mir verbliebt" or his last high note at the end of the opera.
This was pure magic!
Third: the great and much underrated conductor Toshiyuki Kamioka who lived the
score. The orchestra of Wiesbaden is more or less at lower class, but here they
gave us an incredible reading of the score!
Fourth: it's an excellent digital inhouse recording!
So lean back and enjoy this magic evening!
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
DIE TOTE STADT
Wiesbaden, 29-October-1997, excellent inhouse, 320kbits
Paul: Hubert Delamboye
Marietta: Sue Patchell
Frank: Johann-Werner Prein
Brigitta: Diane Pilcher
Pierrot: Michael Nelle
Juliette: Annette Luig
Lucienne: Julia Olesch
Victorin: Scott MacAllister
Albert: Karsten Ruß