The Bayerische Staatsoper has been documenting its excellence, diversity and tradition with its very own label since May 2021: Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings.
Discover selected opera productions and concert recordings, as well as important archive pieces as CDs or DVDs on the Bayerische Staatsoper’s new label – BSOrec. Productions from the KIDS & CO programme for children and young people and chamber music editions, which will offer first-class Bayerisches Staatsorchester ensembles a platform, complete the label’s offering.
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This is the first historic recording from the archive on the Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings label: Felix Mendelssohn's Elias under the musical direction of Wolfgang Sawallisch from 1984. This concert recording brings together a top-class ensemble of singers such as Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Margaret Price, Brigitte Fassbaender, Peter Schreier and Kurt Moll, all of whom have left their mark on the Bayerische Staatsoper - in some cases over decades.
The performance of Felix Mendelssohn's Elias opened the 1984 Munich Opera Festival and was also the opening event of the 88th German Catholic Day. The then State Opera Director and General Music Director Wolfgang Sawallisch set an example: With a sacred oratorio, he demonstrated the stylistic versatility of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, which is based at the National Theater, and with the work of a Protestant-baptized composer of Jewish origin in the context of a Catholic event, he sent out a widely noticed ecumenical signal.
Andrea Chénier, premiered in 1896, is rightly considered a major work of verismo: with this melodrama about the historical figure of a poet in the turmoil of the French Revolution, composer Umberto Giordano created his emotionally charged masterpiece.
Director Philipp Stölzl, who is known for his imaginative, detailed and expressive directing style, made his debut at the Bayerische Staatsoper with this opera in 2017. The singing cast is also spectacular. Jonas Kaufmann and Anja Harteros, the opera dream couple par excellence, can thus be seen together for the fourth time in a new Munich production. Through fortunate circumstances, two performances of the revival series - which, like the premiere series, was completely sold out - were recorded in the same year. This document of a stirring, inspiring opera interpretation is now immortalized on DVD and Blu-ray.
MUNICH OPERA HORNS: VOYAGER
Under the title Voyager, the hornists embark on a sound journey from the origins of their instrument to contemporary music for the modern valve horn. The MunichOpera Horns draw their sound from an awareness of their past and continue to develop the horn's expressive possibilities. In doing so, they play original works for their instrument family, create arrangements of classics from their repertoire (including the second horn concerto by Richard Strauss and a paraphrase from his opera Daphne), and present entirely new works composed for them. With astonishing virtuosity and tonal delicacy, this ensemble sets new standards.
RADIO PLAY: der mondbär
The children's play Der Mondbär is now available as an audio play for the home. It is the first release of our in-house label Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings for children. The production based on the well-known children's book by Rolf Fänger and Ulrike Möltgen playfully combines this story with opera and music.
The little bear has a best friend: the moon. He wants to have him all to himself and takes him into his cave, but the other animals miss the moon and go in search of him. Because the moon shines for everyone and belongs to no one completely and exclusively. This picture book by Rolf Fänger and Ulrike Möltgen tells of friendship, owning, sharing and letting go.
The radio play Der Mondbär is now also available digitally
OPERCUSSION: ORIGINAL GROOVES
On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, a series of publications by outstanding ensembles will be released, documenting the versatility of the orchestra and its members. The first release is by the ensemble OPERcussion, the percussionists of the Bayerische Staatsorchester, founded in 2009.
Original Grooves is a journey to the origins and traditions of percussion. In Latin America in particular, the percussive tradition is an integral part of both religious rituals and popular festive dances and appears in many different guises and playing styles . From Cuba to Mexico to Argentina and Brazil the album is a musical journey through Latin America and shows the musical richness of the continent in classics like Bossa Nova, Tango or Son Cubano.
IGOR STRAVINSKY / PJOTR I. TSCHAIKOVSKI: MAVRA/IOLANTA
The Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera on DVD for the first time! Together with the young singers of the Opera Studio of the Bavarian State Opera, director Axel Ranisch presents an unusual approach to two rarely performed works: In Pyotr I. Tchaikovsky's last opera Iolanta, a blind princess searches for the reasons for her sadness and finds love. In Igor Stravinsky's neoclassical buffa one-act Mavra, an inventive young woman has a risky idea and smuggles her lover into her mother's house disguised as a cook. With great love for his characters and an impressive sense for the relationships between them, Ranisch weaves both works into an enchanting coming-of-age tale about family, love, realization and self-determination: Mavra and Iolanta becomes Mavra / Iolanta.
LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN: SYMPHONY NO. 2 / BRETT DEAN: TESTAMENT
It was a special moment, the 1st Academy Concert of the Bavarian State Orchestra last season: one of the first public concerts after the closing of the concert halls in 2020 and only the second concert under the direction of Vladimir Jurowski as designated General Music Director. The program included Ludwig van Beethoven's revolutionary Second Symphony and the corresponding contemporary work Testament by Australian composer Brett Dean. Experience the live recording of this concert now on CD!
THE SNOW QUEEN
The Snow Queen is Hans Abrahamsen's first opera composed for the phenomenal soprano Barbara Hannigan, based on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale. Barbara Hannigan is joined by Rachael Wilson, Katarina Dalayman and Peter Rose, with Cornelius Meister as music director. Experience the recording of the English premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in a production by Andreas Kriegenburg.
ICMA 2023: Video - Opera & Recording of the Year
Gramophone Award 2022: Contemporary
Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik: Bestenliste 2/2022
THE DEATH CITY
Conducted by Kirill Petrenko and now on DVD and Blu-ray
Just a few weeks before the successful world premiere of Die tote Stadt, none other than Giacomo Puccini himself described Erich Wolfgang Korngold, only 23 at the time, as the “greatest hope of new German music”. And you can also have Korngold’s opera in your home right now!
The Die tote Stadt DVD in Simon Stone’s staging, which, conducted by Kirill Petrenko, celebrated a premiere on 18 November 2019, is available since 16 July 2021.
You’ll enjoy Jonas Kaufmann and Marlis Petersen in the main roles.
CLASSICA Magazine: CHOC de CLASSICA (Ausgabe Dez21/Jan22)
ResMusica Magazine: CLEF D’OR 2021
Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik: Bestenliste 4/2021
OPUS Classic 2022
Opera: Recording of the Month
CRESCENDO MAGAZINE BELGIUM: Millésime 2021
PRESTO Music Awards 2021: Recording of the Year 2021
ICMA 2022: Winner
GUSTAV MAHLER: SYMPHONY NO. 7
This album is the first release from the Bayerische Staatsoper label -Bayerische Staatsoper Recordings. This live recording of Gustav Mahler's 7th Symphony from the National Theater in Munich reveals a dramatic interpretation of one of the summit works of the late Romantic orchestral repertoire. Here we witness an orchestra intimately familiar with its conductor telling an epic story beyond all symphonic power and brilliance: an unforgettable musical moment and a unique sonic experience.
Gramophone Award 2022: Contemporary
Gramophone Editor's Choice: Recording of the Month 08/2021
Gramophone Recordings of the year 2021
Record Geijutsu February 2022 Reader's poll - Winner
The background information and essays included in the stylish and elaborate hardcover booklets complement the technologically advanced audio-visual experience.
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