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Berg - Wozzeck (DVD)

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Label: Accentus

Cat No: ACC20363

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 1st July 2016

Contents

Artists

Gun‐Brit Barkmin
Christian Gerhaher
Chor der Oper Zurich
Philharmonia Zurich

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

Works

Berg, Alban

Wozzeck

Artists

Gun‐Brit Barkmin
Christian Gerhaher
Chor der Oper Zurich
Philharmonia Zurich

Conductor

Fabio Luisi

About

The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The Doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the Captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the Drum Major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death.

Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath‐taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.

Cast:
- Wozzeck: Christian Gerhaher
- Drum Major: Brandon Jovanovich
- Andres: Mauro Peter
- Captain: Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke
- Doctor: Lars Woldt
- Marie: Gun-Brit Barkmin

Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (worldwide)
Running Time: 100:58 min
Disc Format: DVD‐9
Subtitles: German (original), French, English, Japanese, Korean

Reviews

This is a finely honed production that follows its premise to an absurdist conclusion with slick theatricality and dispassionate zeal. The children in the final scene are all sinister doll-like versions of the adult characters. ... All sentimentalism is banished here. So, largely, is the opera’s plea for justice and compassion. It is left to Christian Gerhaher’s Wozzeck to fight that battle, which he does with formidable diction and great lyrical beauty, offering, where he can, a still centre in the tumult. ... The orchestra, rapier-sharp and cutting to the quick, offer much more than Swiss precision.  Neil Fisher
Gramophone November 2016
Gramophone Editor's Choice Gramophone Award Winner

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