Wagner’s ‘Der fliegende Holländer’ on DVD

Pablo Heras-Casado’s first commercial Wagner recording is now available on the harmonia mundi label. This DVD capture of Der fliegende Holländer (‘The Flying Dutchman’) was recorded in 2016 at Madrid’s Teatro Real, where Mr. Heras-Casado serves as Principal Guest Conductor. The production, new to the Real stage, was conceived of by Àlex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus. With a cast featuring Samuel Youn in the title role and Ingela Brimeberg as Senta, this highly anticipated video release is a must-have for opera fans this holiday season. Purchase your copy via Presto Classical or pre-order from Amazon.com.

From Pablo: “Can’t explain how much this means to me … I feel very proud of the work we did at the Teatro Real and with La Fura dels Baus with this stellar cast during 8 sold-out shows. Thanks to harmonia mundi for keeping the excitement: I couldn’t imagine a better month than this when I release Monteverdi and Wagner back to back!”

“…el mayor reclamo de estas funciones fue la presencia de Pablo Heras-Casado. Es el principal director invitado del Teatro Real, pero no se le ve en el foso de la orquesta muy a menudo; y, como he dicho antes, este fue su debut en una ópera de Wagner. A todo esto debería añadirse que es uno de los directores de orquesta más importantes en la genración venidera… la música estaba llena de energía y emoción.” (Seen and Heard International)

[“… the great attraction of these performances was the presence of Pablo Heras-Casado. He is principal guest conductor at the Teatro Real, but is not often present in the theatre pit; and, as mentioned above, this was his debut in a Wagner opera. To all this it should be added that he is one of the most important Spanish musical directors in the younger generation … the music was full of energy and strong emotion.” ]

“Pablo Heras-Casado consiguió sacar una música excelente de la orquesta residente. Empezó muy bien con una obertura que le dió a la ópera mucho momento, con cuerdas prominentes y una sección de viento metal desinibida. En general, su lectura de la partitura me pareció muy acertada, rápida y viva con el drama inherente a la partitura … La calidad de la ejecución orquestal fue realmente excepcional “.
(OperaTraveller)

[“Pablo Heras-Casado secured some excellent playing from the house band.  It started so well with an overture that had an irresistible forward momentum, with surging strings and uninhibited brass. I found his reading on the whole to be well paced, nicely swift and alive to the drama inherent in the score … The quality of the orchestral playing really was exceptional.”]

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s and records for Deutsche Grammophon & harmonia mundi, as well as a Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.

   

Photos: Fernando Sancho