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Puccini - Tosca (DVD) | Unitel Edition 809608

Puccini - Tosca (DVD)

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Label: Unitel Edition

Cat No: 809608

Barcode: 0810116910069

Format: DVD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 27th October 2023

Gramophone Editor's Choice

Contents

Artists

Kristine Opolais
Jonathan Tetelman
Gabor Bretz
Rafal Pawnuk
Ivan Zinoviev
Andrew Morsten
Sophie Aujesky
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Conductor

Marc Albrecht

Works

Puccini, Giacomo

Tosca

Artists

Kristine Opolais
Jonathan Tetelman
Gabor Bretz
Rafal Pawnuk
Ivan Zinoviev
Andrew Morsten
Sophie Aujesky
Arnold Schoenberg Chor
ORF Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien

Conductor

Marc Albrecht

About

It is impossible to imagine today’s opera repertoire without Puccini’s Tosca, but rarely has an opera been so brutal: murder, torture and love, jealousy and passion – everything is present in abundance. When it was written in 1900, this thriller set to music caused considerable controversy due to the political figureheads involved. Only much later the story about the deeply religious Tosca, the passionate Cavaradossi and the sadistic Scarpia was interpreted as the psychological drama it was meant to be.

The drama on stage is accompanied from the orchestra pit by Marc Albrecht conducting the ORF Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra by pointed sketches of the characters, but also – as typical for Puccini – by lyrical turns and beautiful melodies that make this opera shocker unique. “Marc Albrecht, with a fabulously disposed ORF Radio Symphony Orchestra, [...] – a masterly achievement.” (Opernwelt). Next to Kristīne Opolais, “a great, highly dramatic singing actress whose interpretation gets under the skin” (Kurier), sings the discovery of the evening, “the young tenor Jonathan Tetelman stems Caravadossi with juvenile power and tenoral beam that almost bursts the dimensions of the house.” (Opernwelt).

Cast:
- Floria Tosca: Kristīne Opolais
- Mario Cavaradossi: Jonathan Tetelman
- Scarpia: Gábor Bretz
- Sciarrone: Rafał Pawnuk
- Cesare Angelotti: Ivan Zinoviev
- Spoletta: Andrew Morsten
- Countess Attavanti: Sophie Aujesky

Recording date: Theater an der Wien, January 2022
Sound format: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Picture: NTSC, 16:9
Subtitles: Italian (original language), English, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Japanese
Booklet: English, German, French
Total running time: 123 mins

Reviews

Banish all scenic expectations. There is no Sant’Andrea della Valle, Palazzo Farnese or Castel Sant’Angelo. Kušej plunges the action under a deep blanket of snow in a dystopian wasteland, a brutal clerical fascist police state. ... Scarpia’s ‘palazzo’ is a dilapidated caravan, where he listens to gavottes on his transistor radio. The signal that marks Angelotti’s escape comes not from a cannon but the rattle of a machine gun. ... Albrecht saved this production at the last minute... and conducts the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, who play fantastically. ... this is not the finest Tosca you will ever hear, nor the most opulent one you’ll ever see … but it’s possibly the one you’ll most remember.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone December 2023

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