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Berg: Wozzeck / Adam, Goldberg, Schroter

Berg / Rundfunkchor Leipzig / Kegel
Release Date: 11/19/2013 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94699   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Alban Berg
Performer:  Theo AdamKonrad RupfGisela SchröterHelmuth Klotz,   ... 
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio ChorusLeipzig Radio OrchestraDresden Children's Choir
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The history of Wozzeck began nearly 200 years ago, when Johann Christian Woyzeck, a onetime soldier and jobless wigmaker, killed his sweetheart with a knife in a fit of jealous rage. The tragic incident provided the material for the German playwright Georg Büchner, who interpreted the fate of Woyzeck as a mass phenomenon; in his play, Büchner portrays the convicted murdered as a hopeless, compulsive creature, a mere cog in the wheels of a destructive and repressive system that tramples all human values underfoot.

Such is the message communicated in Alban Berg's setting of the work, which was premiered more than 100 years later in Berlin. Even before its first performance the opera was already causing controversy,
Read more with critics -- Schoenberg among them -- labelling Berg's decision to set Büchner's play to music a daring and ill-conceived venture, but in the end it proved to be one of the great successes on the stage, its perfect blend of a strictly autonomous design and dramatic expressiveness providing the perfect musical dress for the playwright's social criticism. Berg defies operatic conventions, or 'universal human sentiments', instead choosing to arouse sympathy with the humiliated and ridiculed, and allowing them to utter what seems incapable of expression.

An all-star German cast -- the great baritone Theo Adam and contralto Gisela Schröter among them -- graces this recording of the work, recorded live in Leipzig's Kongresshalle back in 1973. 'Kegel's Wozzeck shows typically fine judgment -- intense, but not exaggerated or overwrought, powerfully emotional without indulgence or sensationalism, lucid without being analytical' (MusicWeb International).

Other information:
- An "intense, powerfully emotional" (Musicweb International) live performance of Alban Berg's Wozzeck, the tale of the individual caught in the destructive forces of the totalitarian and repressive system, which Berg loaded with such explosive musical and socio-political content.
- Starring the great baritone Theo Adam and mezzo soprano Gisela Schröter, conductor Herbert Kegel establishing his status as champion of the great, monumental 20th century masterpieces.
- Booklet contains detailed tracklist, notes and plot synopsis.
- Libretto available on www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

Wozzeck, Op. 7 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Konrad Rupf (Bass), Gisela Schröter (Mezzo Soprano),
Helmuth Klotz (Tenor), Gisela Pohl (Alto), Reiner Goldberg (Tenor),
Heidrun Zienecker (Boy Soprano), Monika Vahle (Soprano), Horst Hiestermann (Tenor),
Alois Tinschert (Tenor), Norbert Klesse (Boy Soprano), Ekkehard Wlaschiha (Baritone),
Rolf Wollrad (Bass), Theo Adam (Baritone), Frank Grundei (Boy Soprano)
Conductor:  Herbert Kegel
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Radio Orchestra,  Dresden Children's Choir
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 
Date of Recording: 04/09/1973 
Venue:  Live  Kongresshalle, Leipzig, East Germany 
Length: 85 Minutes 2 Secs. 
Language: German 

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