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Reimann: Lear / Skovhus, Pieweck, Kwon, Young, Hamburg Philharmonic

Release Date: 04/28/2015 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 109063  
Composer:  Aribert Reimann
Performer:  Erwin LederSiobhan StaggKatja PieweckBo Skovhus,   ... 
Conductor:  Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic OrchestraHamburg State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Aribert Reimann’s "Lear“ is a milestone in the tragic opera of the 20th century. Ever since its 1978 premiere at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich, it has made its triumphal progress around the world in more than thirty productions as the most successful Shakespeare opera of our time. The remorseless logic of the action and plot and the primal force of irresistible sonic fantasies give this work the power to hold the attention of its listeners and viewers from the first moment to the last. The great theme of self-deception is fancifully portrayed in this captivating stage production by Karoline Gruber with a retreat into the interior
Read more of a far from frail old man. It is not senility that drives Lear, brilliantly sung by Bo Skovhus, into isolation but his hyperactive ego. The first Hamburg performance of Lear is a musical achievement of the highest order. “The orchestra of the State Opera under its GMD Simone Young is in absolutely top form.” (Handelsblatt)

Aribert Reimann

König Lear - Bo Skovhus
Goneril - Katja Pieweck
Regan - Hellen Kwon
Cordelia - Siobhan Stagg
Narr - Erwin Leder
Graf von Gloster - Lauri Vasar
Edgar - Andrew Watts
Edmund - Martin Homrich
Herzog von Albany - Christian Miedl
Herzog von Cornwall - Peter Galliard
Graf von Kent - Jürgen Sacher
König von Frankreich - Wilhelm Schwinghammer
Bedienter - Frieder Stricker

Hamburg State Opera Chorus
(chorus master: Eberhard Friedrich)
Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Simone Young, conductor

Karoline Gruber, stage director
Roy Spahn, set designer
Mechthild Seipel, costume designer
Hans Toelstede, lighting designer

Recorded live from the Staatsoper Hamburg, 2014

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: German, English
Running time: 156 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Lear by Aribert Reimann
Performer:  Erwin Leder (Voice), Siobhan Stagg (Soprano), Katja Pieweck (Soprano),
Bo Skovhus (Baritone), Hellen Kwon (Soprano), Andrew Watts (Bass),
Lauri Vasar (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hamburg State Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1978; Germany 

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