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Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre / Merritt, Moraleda, Puche, Boder [blu-ray]

Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 108058  
Composer:  György Ligeti
Performer:  Werner Van MechelenAna PucheChris MerrittFrode Olsen,   ... 
Conductor:  Michael Boder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu OrchestraBarcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Ligeti’s (1923-2006) absurd-tragicomical masterpiece of the highest order blends popular theater, comics, pop art, cabaret, caricature and the Apocalypse with fascinating imaginativeness. The orchestra, for example, is enhanced with “instruments” such as car horns and doorbells. Ligeti himself – one of the great composers of the later 20th century – called his work an “anti-anti-opera.” Premiered in Stockholm in 1978, the work is based on a play by Michel de Ghelderode (1898-1962) and unfolds
Read more in an imaginary land inspired by the famous Dutch painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder: Nekrotzar, the Grand Macabre, announces the end of the world; but in a land ruled by eros, alcohol and corruption, his plan to unleash the Apocalypse bursts like a soap bubble. The people continue to lead their lives as before and refuse to be frightened by thoughts of death and a dark future…

György Ligeti
(Blu-ray Disc Version)

Piet the Pot – Chris Merritt
Amando – Inés Moraleda
Amanda – Ana Puche
Nekrotzar – Werner Van Mechelen
Astradamors – Frode Olsen
Mescalina – Ning Liang
Venus / Gepopo – Barbara Hannigan
Prince Go-Go – Brian Asawa
White Minister – Francisco Vas
Black Minister – Simon Butteriss

Liceu Grand Theatre Chorus and Orchestra
(chorus master: José Luís Basso)
Michael Boder, conductor

Àlex Ollé (La Fura dels Baus) and Valentina Carrasco, stage directors
Alfons Flores, set designer
Lluc Castells, costume designer
Peter van Praet, lighting designer

Recorded live from Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, November 2011

- Fear to Death – The Making of Le Grand Macabre
- Interview with Michael Boder

Picture format: 1080i Full-HD
Sound format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Languages: English, Spanish, German
Subtitles: Italian, German, French, Spanish, Catalan, Korean
Running time: 122 mins (opera) + 42 mins (bonus)
No. of Discs: 1 (BD 25)

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Works on This Recording

Le grand macabre by György Ligeti
Performer:  Werner Van Mechelen (Baritone), Ana Puche (Soprano), Chris Merritt (Tenor),
Frode Olsen (Bass), Barbara Hannigan (Soprano), Inés Moraleda (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Michael Boder
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra,  Barcelona Teatro Liceu Chorus
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1974-1977; Berlin, Germany 

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