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Saint-Saens: Samson Et Dalila / Hochstembach, Cura, Gertseva, Stoll

Saint-saens / Cura / Gersteva / Hochstembach
Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 101631  
Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Stefan StollYulia GertsevaJosé CuraUlrich Schneider,   ... 
Conductor:  Jochem Hochstenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Badische State OrchestraBadische State Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 5 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

In this saga of hatred and holy war, of power and desire, there is no victor and no truth. The god-like is diminished, power restricted, taboos are broken, love betrayed. Only the composer can afford uninterrupted pathos in the wonderful duet of Samson and Dalila in the second act, which misleads us to believe in a moving story of love. Perhaps it truly is. The story of Samson is contradictory, it is human. Camille Saint-Saëns completed the work in 1876, but was only able to bring about its first performance in 1877 through the mediation of his friend Franz Liszt – with pre-eminent success – in Weimar. In France, where the elements of oratorio and the influence of Wagner were not well received, the first performance would not follow Read more for another 13 years. “Samson et Dalila” ranks among the masterpieces of 19th century French Opera - and among the showpieces favored by the Argentine tenor José Cura. In the recorded production he saw himself celebrated on stage as a unified three-in-one: eponymous hero, director and stage designer.

Camille Saint-Saëns

Samson – José Cura
Dalila – Julia Gertseva
The High Priest of Dagon – Stefan Stoll
Abimelech – Lukas Schmid
Voice of the Old Hebrew – Ulrich Schneider

Badisches Staatstheater Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: Ulrich Wagner)
Jochem Hochstenbach, conductor

José Cura, stage director and designer
Gerd Meier, lighting designer

Recorded live at Badisches Staatstheater, 22 and 24 October 2010

Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean
Running time: 125 mins
No. of DVDs: 1 (DVD 9)
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Works on This Recording

Samson et Dalila, Op. 47 by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer:  Stefan Stoll (Bass), Yulia Gertseva (Mezzo Soprano), José Cura (Tenor),
Ulrich Schneider (Voice), Lukas Schmid (Voice)
Conductor:  Jochem Hochstenbach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Badische State Orchestra,  Badische State Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1877; France 

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