20 March 2012

Schumann: Das Paradies und die Peri [Harnoncourt]

EAC | APE+CUE, no LOG | Scans | 361 MB | TT 101:10
Recorded: October 2005, Herculessaal, Munich, Germany
Released: March 2008 | Label: RCA
Dorothea Roschmann, Malin Hartelius, Bernarda Fink
Werner Gura, Christian Gerhaher,
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
CD 1
CD 2
“Nikolaus Harnoncourt rivals John Eliot Gardiner (Archiv) in his acute feeling for pacing and atmosphere, and his sympathetic handling of Schumann's potentially square rhythmic structures. Chorus, orchestra and soloists could hardly be bettered, with Christoph Strehl a lyrically eloquent narrator and Dorothea Röschmann by turns tender and fierily intense as the questing heroine.” (Richard Wigmore, Daily Telegraph, 28th June 2008)
“Bar a few ponderous moments in the otherwise fine cast, Harnoncourt, with the Bavarian Radio Symphony, is a gripping judge of narrative, exploiting the loneliness of Peri's disconsolate sobbing outside the gates of Heaven. Dorothea Röschmann is excellent as Peri, fluidly colouring hope and despair.” (The Times, 24th May 2008)
“With Dorothea Roschmann in the title role, and luxury support from the likes of Bernarda Fink and Christian Gerhaher, Harnoncourt lends this charming work the polish it deserves.” (The Observer, 25th May 2008)
“Das Paradies… contains music that is at once dramatic, lyrical, ethereal, deeply personal and shot through with sincere human feeling. I prefer Gardiner's principal tenor Christoph Prégardien to Harnoncourt's heavier-voiced Strehl but the consistently intense and expressive Dorothea Röschmann wins out over the creamy but less dramatically engaging Barbara Bonney. Harnoncourt's Bavarian RSO sound warm, though period awareness on the conductor's part ensures sonorities that are light and pointedly attenuated.” (Gramophone Magazine, October 2008)
I'm beginning here to resurrect some of the works that "disappeared" from Avax or were "abandoned" from the original uploaders. There's not a real thought behind it, I'm just cleaning up my HDs and following the wind. What I downloaded long ago is flowing back. All credits go to the first uploader. Enjoy...

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