Berg: Wozzeck

Arthaus Musik: 101277

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Berg: Wozzeck

Catalogue No:

101277
(101 277)

Discs:

1

Release date:

26th Feb 2007

Barcode:

0807280127799

Medium:

DVD Video

Format:

NTSC

Region:

all

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Berg: Wozzeck

Historical Studio Production from Hamburg State Opera, 1970


Toni Blankenheim, Richard Cassilly, Peter Haage, Gerhard Unger, Hans Sotin, Kurt Moll, Franz Grundheber, Kurt Marschner, Sena Jurinac & Elisabeth Steiner

Philharmonic State Orchestra Hamburg, Bruno Maderna, directed for TV by Joachim Hess, artistic direction by Rolf Liebermann

Recording Date: 1970
Place of recording: Historical Studio Production from the Hamburg State Opera
Running Time: 106 min
Picture Format: 4:3 Colour
Sound Format: Mono

Language: D
Menu Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, SP
Subtitle Languages NTSC: D, F, GB, I, SP

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Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Wozzeck is perfect for the small screen, as the composer and intendant Rolf Liebermann intuited when he made his seventh and, he thought, best TV opera film by decamping the Hamburg State Opera to a castle in southern Germany.
The many short scenes, abrupt shifts of perspective and concentrated dialogue are no more or less macabre, pitiful and comic than a month in the life of Weatherfield's Coronation Street.
Willi Reich points out in his monograph on the composer that Wie arme Leut ('We Poor People') 'summarises the whole social milieu of the work'. Just so, the orchestra squeezes into your sitting room like a busy night at the Rovers Return.
Liebermann could not have picked a better conductor for the job. Bruno Maderna's studies with Hermann Scherchen, his uneasy blood-brotherhood with Boulez and the Darmstadt bunch and his own creative analysis of Renaissance music in performance and composition make him ideally equipped to eschew the broad strokes of an opera-house production, even one as finely tuned as Abbado's, for a more expansive, analytical approach that zeros in on the structural fundamentals of Berg's score just as the camera registers every flicker of naivety (Andres), lust (Marie) and uncomprehending despair (Wozzeck) in relentless close-up.
Toni Blankenheim presents a noble, wretched Everyman, one who only at the last buckles under torment into insanity. Sena Jurinac plays Marie in the tradition of lighter voices such as Danco and Seefried, more agile and believably seductive-pathetic than the Wagnerian assumptions by (say) Polaski or Behrens. The remainder of the cast has strength in depth, and they all heed Berg's injunction to treat their lines as though singing Il trovatore instead of his Sprechstimme instructions in the score: even Gerhard Unger's hysterically admonishing Captain is sung rather than shrieked.
The considerable problems of the TV opera enterprise are overcome, triumphantly so: synchronisation is almost perfect, and the total commitment of all the singers is such as tosuspend disbelief when their voices are coming from a generous studio acoustic while we see them outdoors – often with breath visible in the chill. It is an oppressively claustrophobic, deeply sobering experience, and so it should be.”

Gramophone Magazine

June 2007

“Wozzeck is perfect for the small screen, as the composer and intendant Rolf Liebermann intuited when he made his seventh and, he thought, best TV opera film by decamping the Hamburg State Opera to a castle in southern Germany. The considerable problems of the TV opera enterprise are overcome, triumphantly so: synchronisation is almost perfect, and the total commitment of all the singers is such as to suspend disbelief when their voices are coming from a generous studio acoustic while we see them outdoors - often with breath visible in the chill. It is an oppressively claustrophobic, deeply sobering experience, and so it should be.”

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