Barber - Vanessa (DVD)
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Label: Opus Arte
Cat No: OA1289D
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 3rd June 2019
Donnie Ray Albert
The Glyndebourne Chorus
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Samuel Barber’s Pulitzer Prize-winning first opera boasts one of the 20th century’s most beautiful scores. Poised constantly on the edge of song, Vanessa unfolds in generous swathes of melody, rich in filmic strings and soaring brass, with echoes of Puccini, Berg and Strauss. It climaxes in a final quintet of Mozartean poignancy – one of the great ensembles of the contemporary repertoire.
Outstanding performances are a-plenty in this rare opportunity to see one of the 20th century’s great operas. This world premiere recording from Glyndebourne gives centre stage to Emma Bell who performs the titular role with an amazing intensity, with rising star Virginie Verrez and legendary Rosalind Plowright giving equally engrossing performances in this far too little-known masterpiece, in a new production by award winning director, Keith Warner.
“…it’s magnificent… these are wonderful performances, and this is a beautiful, thought-provoking production” – The Spectator
“Musically, it’s hugely impressive, too. Bell gives one of her finest performances to date, beautifully acted, her voice soaring with elation and anguish… Jakub Hrůša, conducting with tremendous passion, really opens the emotional floodgates, sweeping us away in the big set pieces, while the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s playing is at once sumptuous and superbly detailed.” – The Guardian ★★★★
“Glyndebourne may have turned its attention to Barber’s opera belatedly, but they have done him proud.” – The Independent ★★★★
“Director Keith Warner and stage designer Ashley Martin-Davis bring us a glorious set, in which the mirrors and windows are seen as huge picture frames, sometimes displaying memories behind them, sometimes reflections and sometimes showing what is happening in other parts of the mansion. It’s an imaginative way to tell the memory-rich story.” – The Express ★★★★
“Probing and spectacular…” – The Stage ★★★★
Extra features: Vanessa: An Operatic Thriller; Cast Gallery
- Vanessa: Emma Bell
- Erika: Virginie Verrez
- Anatol: Edgaras Montvidas
- The Old Baroness: Rosalind Plowright
- The Old Doctor: Donnie Ray Albert
- Footman: Romanas Kudriašovas
- Nicholas, the Major-Domo: William Thomas
Director: Keith Warner
Designer: Ashley Martin-Davis
Duration: approx. 130 minutes
Audio: LPCM 2.0 & DTS Digital Surround 5.1
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