Janacek - From the House of the Dead (Blu-ray) | Bel Air BAC573

Janacek - From the House of the Dead (Blu-ray)

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Label: Bel Air

Cat No: BAC573

Format: Blu-ray

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 14th February 2020

Contents

Artists

Peter Rose
Evgeniya Sotnikova
Ales Briscein
Charles Workman
Bo Skovhus
Christian Rieger
Manuel Gunther
Tim Kuypers
Ulrich Ress
Boris Prygl
Peter Lobert
Johannes Kammler
Kevin Conners
Alexander Milev
Matthew Grills
Niamh O’Sullivan
Callum Thorpe
Dean Power
Galeano Salas
Long Long
Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Simone Young

Works

Janacek, Leos

From the House of the Dead

Artists

Peter Rose
Evgeniya Sotnikova
Ales Briscein
Charles Workman
Bo Skovhus
Christian Rieger
Manuel Gunther
Tim Kuypers
Ulrich Ress
Boris Prygl
Peter Lobert
Johannes Kammler
Kevin Conners
Alexander Milev
Matthew Grills
Niamh O’Sullivan
Callum Thorpe
Dean Power
Galeano Salas
Long Long
Chorus of the Bayerische Staatsoper
Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Conductor

Simone Young

About

Death is never far away in Leoš Janáček’s work: in The Cunning Little Vixen, the main character falls under the fire of a hunter, Katya Kabanova kills herself, Emilia Marty in The Makropulos Case has to deal with the hard consequences of eternal youth. From the House of the Dead makes no exception, especially since the composer knew he was living out his final days when he decided to adapt into an opera Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s eponymous novel, a literary work inspired by the time the novelist spent in a Siberian prison. This painful feeling of ineluctability pervades through his disillusioned and savage score, that recounts the hopeless life of the convicts of a Russian prison camp. In this place where life has already drawn out, in this no man’s land forsaken by civilization, Janáček portrays the anonymous and daily sufferings, the abuses, the corporal punishments, but also evokes fragments from the prisoners’ past, bringing them back to life for the duration of a game or of a story.

Against this background that contrasts the empathic solidarity of simple men with the horrific brutality of the prison guards, stage director Frank Castorf - who created a memorable Ring Cycle in Bayreuth for the Wagner Bicentennial in 2013 - embraces the aesthetics of grotesque and absurd suggested by Janáček’s score, and chooses to crudely display, with stark realism, the physical and psychological violence at the heart of the opera. In the pit, conducting the Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Simone Young underlines the power plays and the overwhelming lyricism unleashed by Janáček’s music. As the main protagonists, Peter Rose, Charles Workman and Bo Skovhus, all familiar with Janáček’s subtleties, bring back to life these agonizing anti-heroic characters forsaken by God and men.

Cast:
- Alexandr Petrovič Gorjančikov: Peter Rose
- Aljeja, a Young Tartar: Evgeniya Sotnikova
- Luka Kuzmič (Filka Morozov): Aleš Briscein
- Skuratov: Charles Workman
- Šiškov: Bo Skovhus
- Prison Governor: Christian Rieger
- Nikita, Big Prisoner: Manuel Günther
- Small Prisoner: Tim Kuypers
- Old Prisoner: Ulrich Reß
- Cook (A Prisoner): Boris Prýgl
- Pope: Peter Lobert
- Čekunov: Johannes Kammler
- Šapkin: Kevin Conners
- Blacksmith (A Prisoner): Alexander Milev
- Kedril, Prisoner: Matthew Grills
- A Prostitute: Niamh O’Sullivan
- Don Juan, Brahmane: Callum Thorpe
- Čerevin, Voice of the Kirghiz Steppe: Dean Power
- Drunken Prisoner: Galeano Salas
- Guard: Long Long

Running time: 97 min.
Booklet: FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles: FR / ENG / GER / JP / KOR
Video: Colour, 16/9, Full HD
Audio: PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1

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