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Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk / Westbroek, Jansons

Shostakovich / Jansons / Kusej / Westbroek
Release Date: 06/30/2009 
Label:  Opus Arte   Catalog #: 7031  
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  L'udovit LudhaEva-Maria WestbroekChristopher VentrisVladimir Vaneev,   ... 
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw OrchestraNetherlands Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

FORMAT: All Formats
REGIONS: All Regions
LENGTH: Approx 236 Mins
SOUND: 2.0 & 5.0 PCM

Shostakovich’s musically brilliant and ingeniously panoramic opera about love, lust, power and oppression is fabulously performed by the Concertgebouw Orchestra under Mariss Jansons in this authoritative production. Stage director Martin Kušej builds on formidable musical strengths to forge a relentless drama that explores with emotional conviction the shadowy, layered boundaries between victims and perpetrators. First-rate protagonist Eva-Maria Westbroek is phenomenal in her gripping interpretation of
Read more Katarina, compelling the entire cast, including the choir, to almost unbearable realism in their portrayal of timeless human weaknesses.

Katerina Lvovna Ismailova: Eva-Maria Westbroek
Sergey: Christopher Ventris
Aksinya: Carole Wilson
Boris Timofeyevich Ismailov: Vladimir Vaneev
Sonyetka: Lani Poulson
Zinovy Borisovich Ismailov: Ludovít Ludha
Shabby Peasant: Alexandre Kravets

Chorus of De Nederlandse Opera
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Musical Director: Mariss Jansons
Stage Director: Martin Kušej

Recorded live in Het Muziektheater, Amsterdam, on 25th & 28th June 2006.

Illustrated synopsis & cast gallery.
Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - The Tragedy of Katerina Ismailova - A documentary film by Reiner E. Moritz, including interviews with Martin Kušej, Mariss Jansons and leading members of the cast.

‘With one of the finest orchestras in the world conducted by an eminent Shostakovich conductor, supported by superb soloists and a very tasteful stage setting… [Eva-Maria Westbroek’s] portrayal of the heroine is absolutely superb…the passions and emotions raised by the composer are superbly realised… The soloists and chorus are all superb.’ Music Web International
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Works on This Recording

Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk district, Op. 29 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  L'udovit Ludha (Tenor), Eva-Maria Westbroek (Soprano), Christopher Ventris (Tenor),
Vladimir Vaneev (Bass), Lani Poulson (Mezzo Soprano), Alexandre Kravets (Tenor),
Carole Wilson (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Mariss Jansons
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Netherlands Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1930-1932; USSR 

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