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KORNGOLD: Tote Stadt (Die)

Composer(s):Korngold, Erich Wolfgang
Period(s) 20th Century
Genre Classical Music
Category Opera
Catalogue 8.660060-61
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps


Review By Michael Tanner,Classic CD,August 1997

"This set from Naxos really does him [Korngold] proud....The result is addictive music, certainly when performed with this degree of loving care. Leif Segerstam has the measure of this idiom...the dancer exquisitely taken by Katarina Dalayman. Listen to this and you will be hooked on the work"

Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Recorded live at the Royal Swedish Opera in 1996, the Naxos version offers a warmly expressive reading, bringing out the ripeness of melodic writing. The recording too is admirably clear, with more orchestral details than in the vintage first recording under Leinsdorf. The tenor, Thomas Sunnegardh, sings cleanly and freshly in the central role of Paul, with Anders Bergstrom youthfully convincing as his friend, Frank. Yet the glory of the set is the singing of Katarina Dalayman as Marietta—radiantly pure and tender in Marietta’s song in Act I—which even outshines the model of Carol Neblett on RCA. The snag is that Segerstam observes various cuts in the score, omitting some 15 minutes of music. Naxos provide a details synopsis and a German libretto, but no



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