Berliner Philharmoniker & Renée Fleming - An Evening with Renée Fleming - Waldbühne 2010
Format: DVD Feature Film
Release Date: 03 Sep 2021
Redesign/repackaging of the successful DVD
“It’s a wonderful place. When you’re standing there on the stage, you feel that your singing could soar up to the heavens themselves.” (Renée Fleming on the Waldbühne)
• Before setting off on their annual summer leave, the Berliner Philharmoniker traditionally give their final concert of the season at the city’s open-air Waldbühne.
• In 2010 conductor Ion Marin and star soprano Renée Fleming presented “Night of Love”, a program of orchestral classics by Mussorgsky, Wagner and Tchaikovsky alongside enticing operatic melodies by Puccini, Dvořák, Leoncavallo, Korngold and Richard Strauss.
• The evening began with Mussorgsky’s St John’s Night on the Bare Mountain, according to Russian folklore witches meet for their annual Sabbath on St John’s Eve towards the end of June. Mussorgsky’s tone poem paints a picture of their wild cavorting in colours that glow like red-hot coals. Renée Fleming then sang Dvořák’s “Song to the Moon”, an aria that seems to shimmer in the moonlight. The closing monologue from Richard Strauss’s last opera, Capriccio, is a signature role for Renée Fleming, a singer who is in demand all over the world as a Strauss soprano.
• In the second part of the concert Renée Fleming sang “Marietta’s Song” from Korngold’s Die tote Stadt, with “bewitching mellifluousness” (Berliner Zeitung). A particular treat was the juxtaposition of two settings of La Bohème that revealed how Leoncavallo’s Mimì is a substantially more robust character than Puccini’s.
Berliner Philharmoniker ∙ Ion Marin conductor ∙ Renée Fleming soprano
1. Modest Mussorgsky: Night on Bare Mountain 10:33
2. Antonin Dvorak: Rusalka: “Mesicku na nebi hlubokem” 7:26
(“To the Moon”)
3. Aram Chatschaturjan: Spartacus: Spartacus and Phrygia 11:41
4. Richard Strauss: Capriccio: “Morgen Mittag um elf!” 19:59
5. Richard Wagner: Rienzi: Overture 12:55
6. Erich Wolfgang Korngold: Die tote Stadt: “Glück, das mir verblieb” 6:29
7. Richard Strauss: Zueignung, op. 10 no. 1 2:10
8. Edward Elgar: Salut d’amour, op. 12 5:30
9. Giacomo Puccini: La Boheme: “Donde lieta usci” 3:59
10. La Boheme: “Musette svaria sulla bocca viva” 2:17
11. La Boheme: “Mimi Pinson, la biondinetta” 2:37
12. Giacomo Puccini: Turandot: “Tu che di gel sei cinta” 4:44
13. Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet 22:09
14. Gregorias Dinicu: Hora staccato 3:30
15. Giacomo Puccini: Gianni Schicchi: “O mio babbino caro” 3:38
16. Paul Lincke: Berliner Luft 2:58
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