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Berg: Wozzeck / Luisi, Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich

Release Date: 09/30/2016 
Label:  Accentus   Catalog #: ACC20363  
Composer:  Alban Berg
Performer:  Lars WoldtBrandon JovanovichWolfgang Ablinger-SperrhackeChristian Gerhaher,   ... 
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera ChorusPhilharmonia Zurich
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the drum major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death. Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the
Read more unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath?taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.

Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (Worldwide)
Running Time: 100 mins
Subtitles: German, French, English, Japanese, Korean

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Works on This Recording

Wozzeck, Op. 7 by Alban Berg
Performer:  Lars Woldt (Baritone), Brandon Jovanovich (Tenor), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Tenor),
Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Mauro Peter (Tenor), Gun-Brit Barkmin (Soprano)
Conductor:  Fabio Luisi
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zurich Opera Chorus,  Philharmonia Zurich
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1917-1922; Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 A superb Blu-ray Wozzeck October 13, 2016 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "My response to the new Blu-ray disc of Alban Berg's great opera Wozzeck: unadulterated superlatives, for everything about the music lead by Fabio Luisi; and for the stage direction of Andreas Homoki, the set design by Michael Levine and the video production by Accentus Music. This is as fine a production of this artistic peak of the 20th century as you can imagine. The singing and acting of the principles is top-notch, with a special performance by Christian Gerhaher as the title character. There are no holds barred in this imaginative and expressive production; it's deeply uncomfortable but ultimately moving." Report Abuse
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