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Schoenberg - Moses und Aron (Blu-ray)

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Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC436

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 12th May 2017

Contents

Artists

Thomas Johannes Mayer
John Graham-Hall
Julie Davis
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Nicky Spence
Michael Pflumm
Chae Wook Lim
Christopher Purves
Ralf Lukas
Maren Favela
Valentina Kutzarova
Elena Suvorova
Shin Jae Kim
Olivier Ayault
Jian-Hong Zhao
Beatrice Malleret
Isabelle Wnorowska-Pluchart
Marie-Cecile Chevassus
John Bernard
Julien Joguet
Orchestre et choeurs de l’Opera national de Paris
Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine
Choeur d’enfants de l’Opera national de Paris

Conductor

Philippe Jordan

Works

Schoenberg, Arnold

Moses und Aron

Artists

Thomas Johannes Mayer
John Graham-Hall
Julie Davis
Catherine Wyn-Rogers
Nicky Spence
Michael Pflumm
Chae Wook Lim
Christopher Purves
Ralf Lukas
Maren Favela
Valentina Kutzarova
Elena Suvorova
Shin Jae Kim
Olivier Ayault
Jian-Hong Zhao
Beatrice Malleret
Isabelle Wnorowska-Pluchart
Marie-Cecile Chevassus
John Bernard
Julien Joguet
Orchestre et choeurs de l’Opera national de Paris
Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine
Choeur d’enfants de l’Opera national de Paris

Conductor

Philippe Jordan

About

Moses und Aron, Arnold Schoenberg’s masterpiece, at the Paris Opéra in a glorious and poetic staging by Romeo Castellucci and conducted by Philippe Jordan, now available on DVD and Blu-ray!

A profound, powerful and yet unfinished opera, Moses und Aron ends with an admission of defeat: ‘O Word, thou Word that I lack!’, Moses’ last cry, is also the last phrase the composer has been able to set to music. Recounting the story of Moses, who has experienced the immensity of God, and of Aron, who tries to speak of it; casting doubt upon the adequacy of tonal and traditional musical language; Moses und Aron questions the possibility of a True Speech. Following in their wanderings the children of Israel, a stateless people lost in the desert and looking for signs and images, Moses und Aron symbolizes the challenges encountered by a community looking for her own identity, torn between spiritual ideal and material needs.

The Paris Opéra Chorus and Orchestra who, thanks to his musical director Philippe Jordan’s work, has pierced all the secrets of Schoenberg’s audacious score, reveal with grace and accuracy all the emotion contained in this anxious, overwhelming and unforgettable masterpiece.

Castellucci, with his bull and his ink, has managed somehow to make indelible images out of an opera in which images are the greatest evil of all. – The Guardian

The spectacle […] remains unforgettable. You could quibble with specific ideas in Mr. Castellucci’s work, but the sweep and scale of his vision in this “Moses” is a path to Schönberg’s unforgiving, glorious opera.
 – The New York Times

Cast:
- Moses: Thomas Johannes Mayer
- Aron: John Graham-Hall
- A young girl: Julie Davis
- A sick woman: Catherine Wyn-Rogers
- A youth: Nicky Spence
- A naked youth: Michael Pflumm
- A man: Chae Wook Lim
- The Ephraimite: Christopher Purves
- A priest: Ralf Lukas
- Four naked virgins: Julie Davis, Maren Favela, Valentina Kutzarova, Elena Suvorova
- Three elders: Shin Jae Kim, Olivier Ayault, Jian-Hong Zhao

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