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Pfitzner: Palestrina / Ventris, Rose, Young [DVD]

Pfitzner / Young / Bvso / Ventris / Bracht / Koch
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Euroarts   Catalog #: 2072528  
Composer:  Hans Pfitzner
Performer:  Michael VollePeter [bass voice] RoseChristopher VentrisRoland Bracht,   ... 
Conductor:  Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State OrchestraBavarian State Opera Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Hans Pfitzner

Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina – Christopher Ventris
Pope Pius IV – Peter Rose
Giovanni Morone – Michael Volle
Bernardo Novagerio – John Daszak
Cardinal Christoph Madruscht – Roland Bracht
Carlo Borromeo – Falk Struckmann
Ighino – Christiane Karg

Bavarian State Opera Chorus
(chorus masters: Andrés Máspero and Stellario Fagone)
Bavarian State Orchestra (stage music director: Gregor Raquet)
Simone Young, conductor

Christian Stückl, stage director
Stefan Hageneier, stage and costume
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Michael Bauer, lighting designer

Recorded live at the Nationalteatre, Munich, 10 and 14 July, 2009.

- The making of Palestrina.

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.0 / DTS 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French
Booklet notes : English, German, French
Running time: 197 mins (opera) + 9 mins (bonus)
No. of DVDs: 2 (DVD 9)

Requiring 38 soloists, chorus and large orchestra, Hans Pfitzner’s Palestrina is a challenging opera to stage. In Munich, the city in which it was given its world premiere in 1917, director Christian Stückl and the Bavarian State Opera met those challenges with unequivocal success. Stückl’s production infuses such colour and life into this morally and philosophically serious work that even the German tabloid Abendzeitung delightedly wrote: “Who would have thought that Pfitzner could be such fun?” Written in a lush late-Romantic idiom, the opera tells how Palestrina, in the face of anti-musical decrees from the Church, composes his great Missa Papae Marcelli and becomes ‘‘the saviour of contrapuntal music’’. The imposing Christopher Ventris as Palestrina heads an outstanding cast.

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Works on This Recording

Palestrina by Hans Pfitzner
Performer:  Michael Volle (Baritone), Peter [bass voice] Rose (Bass), Christopher Ventris (Tenor),
Roland Bracht (Bass), John Daszak (Tenor), Christiane Karg (Voice),
Falk Struckmann (Baritone)
Conductor:  Simone Young
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian State Orchestra,  Bavarian State Opera Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1912-1915; Germany 
Date of Recording: 07/2009 
Venue:  Nationalteatre, Munich 

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