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Mahler: Das Lied Von Der Erde / R. Strauss: Tod und Verklärung (2013)

Thomas Hampson  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Thomas Hampson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Surround Sound, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful disc August 7, 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is a very fine disc and more or less completes Mahler's important works on quality Blu-ray releases. The Swiss are on top form here, done up to the nines like a dog's dinner and all the technical aspects ticking over like a Swiss watch! The camera work, picture and sound and the orchestral playing are demonstration quality. Neeme Järvi is 76 now and has lost a bit of his flamboyancy but none of his attention to detail and draws out the most beautiful sound. A minor oddity is that whilst the European language subtitles are possibly just a bit too small, the Japanese subtitles are much larger and very easy to read. Many regard Das Lied von der Erde as Mahler's greatest work and the final song: Der Abschied is deeply moving. The issue here is often very personal - baritone or mezzo. On DVD there is a quite magical rendering by Semyon Bychkow and Waltraud Meier that for me sets a standard that is perfection. Meier's facial control and vocal genius has to be witnessed to be believed. Thomas Hampson is a fine singer but is up against the angels with Meier! I thought Paul Groves was superb and better than Torsten Kerl on the Meier disc. Of course Bychkow does not have the technical brilliance of this disc but his lugubrious conducting suits the work perfectly and he also gets some wonderful sound. This new release is a beautiful disc and if Meier's recording did not exist it should satisfy everyone but Meier is incomparable and cannot be bettered.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thomas Hampson sings Das Lied on DVD and Blu-ray! June 25, 2013
Not since Leonard Bernstein has a performer been so identified with the music of Gustav Mahler as Thomas Hampson. This concert, available on both DVD and Blu-ray, presents a riveting, passionate and overwhelmingly beautiful performance. Under the direction of Neeme Järvi the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande prove once again why they are a world-class ensemble. Especially known for their French repertoire, in this work their sonorities range from sumptuous and vibrant to delicate and ethereal, perfectly reflecting the Asian undertow of the text. The fine principal flute and oboe players outdo themselves in the last movement titled "Der Abschied" (The Farewell) where their solos magically entwine with the singer's breathing. Time becomes an entirely new experience here.

Tenor Paul Groves offers a dramatic reading of his three movements that captures the cynical, nostalgic and intoxicated characters that inhabit the piece. Words do not suffice to describe Thomas Hampson's artistry. The deep sense of humanity that is at the heart of Mahler's creativity flows through Hampson's voice and is transformed into experiences that both heighten and transcend that humanness. In that sense composer and performer have merged into an ecstatic whole that we the audience are also called to. It doesn't get much better than this.

The camera work, beautifully directed by Jason Starr, captures all the detail without sacrificing the larger sweep of the piece. The sparkling yet spacious audio, presented in both stereo and 5.1 surround sound, was recorded by Jerry Bruck. Subtitles are in English, German, French and Japanese. The concert film begins with an exciting rendition of Richard Strauss's Tod und Verklärung (Death and Transfiguration).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favourites! January 15, 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
About the performance: This is Mahler, so if you love his music you will certainly enjoy this version. It may be not the top of the top, but in video I can't say I have seen or listen any better.
About the disc: Nice video and audio. Pristine sound and a very clear image, you can tell it was recorded on full HD cameras.
Love this disc!
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