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Poulenc: Dialogues Des Carmelites / Schone, Voulgaridou [Blu-ray]

Poulenc / Young / Schone / Voulgaridou / Lehnhoff
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101494  
Composer:  Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Wolfgang SchöneGabriele SchnautAnne SchwanewilmsNikolai Schukoff,   ... 
Conductor:  Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic OrchestraHamburg State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
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Francis Poulenc

Marquis de la Force – Wolfgang Schöne
Blanche de la Force – Alexia Voulgaridou
Le chevalier de la Force – Nikolai Schukoff
Madame de Croissy – Kathryn Harries
Madame Lidoine – Anne Schwanewilms
Mère Marie de l'Incarnation – Gabrielle Schnaut
Soeur Constance de Saint-Denis – Jana Büchner

Humburg State Opera Chorus
(chorus master: Florian Csizmadia)
Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
Simone Young, conductor

Nikolaus Lehnhoff, stage
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Raimund Bauer, set designer
Andrea Schmidt-Futterer, costume designer

Recorded live from the Staatsoper Hamburg, 2008

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Menu languages: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 166 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)

The opera Dialogues of the Carmelites is the only opera the French composer Francis Poulenc has ever written. It is based on the screenplay Die begnadigte Angst by Georges Bernanos. The material for the opera is based on actual historic events. Poulenc converges religion and revolution: The young Blanche de la Force who suffers from existential fear all life long, escapes into a convent hoping to conquer her paralysing fear of life and death. Even the walls of the convent cannot stop the French Revolution. The nuns of the Carmelite Order fail to resist it and accept to die in martyrdom. Fascinated by their constancy finally Blanche overcomes her angst and follows her sisters to the scaffold.

This dramatic opera in three acts had its debut performance at La Scala in Milan in 1957. With its religious theme this opera takes a special position in the theatre of music in the 20th century. Poulencs clear and insistent musical language is perfectly interpreted by conductor Simone Young and the Philharmoniker Hamburg. This production showcases big, vibrant voices from all age categories who are not only brilliant in singing but also in acting. Besides the great musical performance, the main reason for the huge success of the opera is stage director Nikolaus Lehnhoff. His simplistic stage design together with the mystic light installation this opera guarantees great listening and also an amazing viewing pleasure.

“…the sheer power of Lehnhoff’s final scene simply takes your breath away.” Hamburger Abendblatt
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Works on This Recording

Dialogues des carmélites by Francis Poulenc
Performer:  Wolfgang Schöne (Bass), Gabriele Schnaut (Soprano), Anne Schwanewilms (Soprano),
Nikolai Schukoff (Tenor), Jana Büchner (Voice), Alexia Voulgaridou (Soprano),
Kathryn Harries (Soprano)
Conductor:  Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra,  Hamburg State Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1953-1956; France 
Date of Recording: 2008 
Venue:  Staatsoper Hamburg 

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