Berg: Wozzeck / Luisi, Gerhaher, Opernhaus Zurich

Release Date: 9/30/2016
Label: Accentus
Catalog Number: ACC20363
Composer: Alban Berg
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Number of Discs: 1

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The soldier Wozzeck flits through a world that he is unable to decipher. The doctor torments him with absurd medical experiments; the captain humiliates and ridicules him. And Wozzeck’s lover, Marie, with whom he has a child, cuckolds him with the drum major. Wozzeck becomes a murderer, stabbing Marie to death. Georg Büchner’s drama fragment, on which Alban Berg based his first opera, is an unflinching case study of social injustice and human suffering. But it is also a grotesque piece that thrives on exaggeration – and in which only a fine line separates the unfathomable from the ridiculous. Accordingly, director Andreas Homoki forgoes all realism. His nightmarishly radical production is inspired by puppet theatre. Christian Gerhaher’s role début as Wozzeck can only be described as sensational: his capacity for vocal and dramatic subtlety is simply breath?taking. At the rostrum of the Philharmonia Zurich, Fabio Luisi explores both the expressionistic and the more intimate aspects, reminiscent of chamber music, in Berg’s seminal score.

Picture Format: NTSC 16:9
Sound Formats: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1, DTS 5.1
Region Code: 0 (Worldwide)
Running Time: 100 mins
Subtitles: German, French, English, Japanese, Korean

Works on This Recording
1. Wozzeck, Op. 7 by Alban Berg
Performer: Christian Gerhaher (Baritone), Brandon Jovanovich (Tenor), Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke (Tenor), Lars Woldt (Baritone), Mauro Peter (Tenor), Gun-Brit Barkmin (Soprano)
Conductor: Fabio Luisi
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1917-1922 ; Austria
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