Berg - Wozzeck (DVD) | Naxos - DVD 2110582

Berg - Wozzeck (DVD)

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Label: Naxos - DVD

Cat No: 2110582

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 9th November 2018

Contents

Artists

Christopher Maltman (baritone)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Frank van Aken (tenor)
Marcel Beekman (tenor)
Willard White (bass-baritone)
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Marc Albrecht

Works

Berg, Alban

Wozzeck

Artists

Christopher Maltman (baritone)
Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
Frank van Aken (tenor)
Marcel Beekman (tenor)
Willard White (bass-baritone)
Chorus of Dutch National Opera
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra

Conductor

Marc Albrecht

About

Based on real events and drawing on Georg Büchner’s revolutionary play, Alban Berg’s Wozzeck turns a grimly tragic narrative of violence and murder into one of the most powerful and original operas of the 20th century. Berg’s uncompromising portrayal of brutality and madness generated much controversy, but the significance of Wozzeck was soon recognised; its compelling lyrical expansiveness, large-scale dramatic gestures and remarkable musical structures producing music of overwhelming emotional intensity. The Financial Times declared this to be ‘a beautiful, moving, engrossing production… this is a consummate Wozzeck, blending clarity, lyricism, compassion and crushing force.’

Cast:
- Wozzeck: Christopher Maltman (baritone)
- Maria: Eva-Maria Westbroek (soprano)
- Drum Major: Frank van Aken (tenor)
- Captain / Madman: Marcel Beekman (tenor)
- Doctor: Willard White (bass-baritone)
- Andres: Jason Bridges (tenor)
- Margret Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (mezzo-soprano)

Stage director: Krzysztof Warlikowski

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo and DTS 5.1
Language: German
Subtitles: German, English, French, Japanese, Korean
Region code: 0 (worldwide)

Reviews

Without matching the tight ensemble or aiming for the taut pacing of Teodor Currentzis at the Bolshoi, Marc Albrecht embeds Wozzeck within a lineage of lyrically sprung, dance-driven operas from Weber’s Oberon to Der Rosenkavalier, taking in Lortzing and Die Fledermaus along the way. Richly Mahlerian strings and brass set the tone for even the most edgy and ‘contemporary’ scenes in the tavern and between Wozzeck’s trio of tormentors. ... Following the likes of Fischer Dieskau and Goerne, Christopher Maltman is another Wozzeck whose experience on the Lieder platform draws out a three-dimensional portrait of Schubertian pathos and focus: as in the wanderer of Winterreise, everything seems to happen to and around him even while he holds the stage. ... The overwhelming impression left is not of cruelty but of compassion.  Peter Quantrill
Gramophone February 2019
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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