Number of Discs:
Wolf; Bruckner: Thielemann/Fleming Concert (Dresden)
Hugo Wolf: Five Songs (Verborgenheit; Er ists's; Elfenlied; Anakreons Grab; Mignon); Richard Strauss: Befreit Op. 39 No. 4; Anton Bruckner: Symphony No. 7
Renée Fleming (Soprano);
Staatskapelle Dresden; Christian Thielemann
The Dresden Staatskapelle has a living Bruckner tradition, stretching back a century and more, which is lovingly curated by its new music director, Christian Thielemann, who is himself a powerful advocate for the composers symphonies as the pinnacle of the Austro-German tradition; and in particular for the Wagnerian resonances of the Seventh, whose Adagio was shaped by news of Wagners death in Venice. Hugo Wolf was also deeply affected by that news; his songs, like Bruckners symphonies, can be seen as oblique reflections on the influence of Wagner, especially when sung, as they are here by Renée Fleming, with the utmost delicacy and intimacy.
"romantic music as magic for the ears..." (Süddeutsche Zeitung)
"... A Magician on the Podium... Thielemann did what he can arguably do like no one else... weaving sonic marvels out of music of the Romantic period" (Die Welt)