Release Date:

Jan 2018

Sound Format:

LPCM 2.0, DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio

Catalog Number:


Renée Fleming in Concert

Renée Fleming (Soprano); Christian Thielemann (Conductor); Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (Orchestra (Strauss)); Staatskapelle Dresden (Orchestra (Wolf, Strauss, Bruckner));

​Two unforgettable evenings showcase the artistry of Renée Flemingalongside Christian Thielemann’s mastery of the Austro-GermanRomantic idiom. The Salzburg Festival honours one of its foundingfathers, Richard Strauss, and the Staatskapelle Dresden draws on thedeep well of its living Bruckner tradition. The mixed vocal andsymphonic programmes feature five lieder by the prolific songsmithHugo Wolf in addition to four of Strauss’s finest, and an opera scenefeaturing Fleming in one of her career-defining roles, Arabella.At Dresden’s Semperoper, the Staatskapelle’s then newly appointedmusic director leads them in Bruckner’s lyric Seventh in which the composer mourns the death of Wagner, whereas in Salzburg, Thielemann helms the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra for the spectacular mountain journey of Strauss’s titanic Alpine Symphony.

Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

Staatskapelle Dresden

Conductor: Christian Thielemann


"Thielemann, whose reading is satisfyingly spacious, reveals the work's structural mastery in intermingling and transforming its many themes. The excellent video director Michael Beyer expertly lays out the orchestra in front of us, following the music sensibly so that we can relish Strauss's detailed scoring...[Fleming] sings gloriously and the result is ravishing" (Gramophone - Strauss Songs and Eine Alpensinfonie)

"You can immediately hear the classiness of the orchestral support...Thielemann's journey up the mountain is more a question of inner feeling than outward tone-painting...But the summit sequence and the epilogue rival Herbert von Karajan's Berlin Philharmonic for tonal opulence...the cameras always know what to pinpoint in order to highlight visually Strauss's most ingenious orchestral passages" (BBC Music Magazine ★★★★★ - Eine Alpensinfonie)

"... 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 - Wolf and Bruckner)