Dvorak: Rusalka (Complete Opera recorded in 2014) BLU-RAY

 
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Dvorak: Rusalka (Complete Opera recorded in 2014) BLU-RAY
Metropolitan Opera / Renee Fleming, Piotr Beczala, Dolora Zajick, John Relyea, Emily Magee / Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Cond)

[ Decca Blu-ray / Blu-ray Disc ]

Release Date: Friday 11 September 2015

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Dvorak's enchanting fairytale of the water-nymph Rusalka has been a signature role for Renée Fleming for the past 25 years. Here at last - in sumptuous HD - is that MET production by the late Günther Schneider-Siemssen and directed by Otto Schenk.

The Gramophone Classical Music Guide writes: "Renée Fleming's tender and heartwarming account of Rusalka's Song to the Moon reflects the fact that the role of the lovelorn water nymph, taken by her in a highly successful production at the MET in New York, has become one of her favourites".

Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts with "sensitivity and urgency" (Financial Times)and the strong supporting cast includes Piotr Beczala "wonderful as the Prince, his tenor elegant and impassioned" (New York Times).

"For sumptuously costumed, traditionally picturesque opera productions, you don't need to look much further...This is a favourite Fleming role and it is beautifully sung very beautifully, her creamy tone with slivery top notes still exquisite. Beczala is in heroic voice and throws in some gorgeous head notes in his death throes...Nézet-Séguin is alert to the score's Czech dance rhythms and wallows in Dvorak's rich orchestration." (Gramophone)

"All in all, this is an excellent representation of a production that it would be far too easy to dismiss as conventional. It is well thought through, well staged, excellently sung and recorded; and the plot is not at all a simple fairy story in the traditional mould, either. Not that one would recognise that fact from the bonus on this disc, a series of short backstage interviews in which mindless gush substitutes for anything more substantial." (MusicWeb)

Tracks:

Dvorák: Rusalka - Opening Credits & Introduction
Overture
Hou, hou, hou, stojí mésic nad vodou!
Hastrmánku, taticku!
Sem casto prichazi a v objeti mé stoupá
Mesicku na nebi hlubokém
Ta voda studi, studi! Jezibabo! Jezibabo!
Staletá moudrost tvá vsechno vi
Tvoje moudrost vsechno tusi
Cury mury fuk
Jel mlady lovec, jel a jel
Ustante v lovu, na hrad vrafte se
Vím, že jsi kouzlo
Dvorák: Rusalka - Act 2 Introduction
Jarku, jarku, klouce milé
U nás v lese strasi
Jiz tyden dlis po boku
Lec oci její ríci zapomnely
Slavnosti hudba - balet
Kvetiny bile po ceste
Rusalko, znas mne, znas?
Vidis je, vidis? Jsou tu zas
Až požár muj vás popálí
Dvorák: Rusalka - Act 3 Introduction
Necitelná vodní moci
Aj, aj? Uz jsi se navrátila
Vyrvána zivotu v hlubokou samotu
Ze se bojís? Tresky, plesky
Mám, zlaté vlásky mám
Do kola, sestricky, do kola
Bílá moje lani! Bílá moje lani!
Milácku, znás mne, znás?
Líbej mne, líbej, mír mi prej
Dvorák: Rusalka - Curtain Call & Closing Credits
Dvorák: Rusalka - Backstage

Renee Fleming sings 'The Song to the Moon'