Henze - Gogo no Eiko | Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or C794092

Henze - Gogo no Eiko

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Label: Orfeo - Orfeo d'Or

Cat No: C794092

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 5th October 2009

Contents

Artists

Mari Midorikawa
Jun Takahashi
Tsuyoshi Mihara
Teruhiko Komori
Zvi Emanuel-Marial
Kwang-Il Kim
Yasushi Hirano
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

Conductor

Gerd Albrecht

Works

Henze, Hans Werner

Gogo no Eiko

Artists

Mari Midorikawa
Jun Takahashi
Tsuyoshi Mihara
Teruhiko Komori
Zvi Emanuel-Marial
Kwang-Il Kim
Yasushi Hirano
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI

Conductor

Gerd Albrecht

About

First staged in 1990, Hans Werner Henze's opera Das verratene Meer is based on Yukio Mishima's novel Gogo no Eiko (The Sailor who fell from Grace with the Sea) and harks back to the traditions of literary naturalism and the verismo of early 20th-century music theatre. At the suggestion of the conductor Gerd Albrecht, Henze prepared a Japanese version of the score that was performed for the first time in Salzburg in 2006.

Under Albrecht's direction, the Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI gave a sympathetic account of an iridescent score that ranges from exotic reminiscences of Japan to the impressions of a large city and from the atmospheric portrait of a doomed love story to a drama about juvenile violence, all strands of which are tightly interwoven right up to the moment of the final fatal confrontation in the closing scene of the opera.

The cast includes three outstanding singing actors, the soprano Mari Midorikawa, the tenor Jun Takahashi and the baritone Tsuyoshi Mihara, all of whom create gripping portraits of the widow Fusako Kuroda, her 13-year-old son and the boy's stepfather.

The recording affords further proof of the Salzburg Festival's ongoing commitment to broadening its repertory and to its desire to juxtapose the old and the new in thrilling ways that never compromise on quality.

Cast:
- Mari Midorikawa (Fusako Kuroda)
- Jun Takahashi (Noboru, Nummer Drei)
- Tsuyoshi Mihara (Ryuji)
- Teruhiko Komori (Nummer Eins)
- Zvi Emanuel-Marial (Nummer Zwei)
- Kwang-Il Kim (Nummer Vier)
- Yasushi Hirano (Nummer Fünf)

Live Recording, 2006.

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