Berg: Lulu

Opus Arte: OABD7070D

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Berg: Lulu

Label:

Opus Arte

Catalogue No:

OABD7070D

Discs:

1

Release date:

1st June 2010

Barcode:

0809478070702

Medium:

Blu-ray

Region:

all
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Berg: Lulu

Recorded live at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, in June 2009


Agneta Eichenholz (Lulu), Michael Volle (Dr. Schön/Jack the Ripper), Klaus Florian Vogt (Alwa), Jennifer Larmore (Countess Geschwitz), Philip Langridge (Prince/Manservant/Marquis), Heather Shipp (Dresser/Schoolboy/Groom), Will Hartmann (Painter/Policeman/Negro), Jeremy White (Banker/Professor)

Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor) & Christof Loy (director)

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Berg’s masterful and thought-provoking opera tells the gripping story of the rise and fall of an alluring, destructive but vulnerable woman, culminating in her death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Christof Loy’s austere, minimalist production allows the complexities of the drama to unfold through the sumptuous, taut beauty of the score. Agneta Eichenholz and Michael Volle lead an all-star cast under Antonio Pappano. Philip Langridge took the role of the Prince, in his last stage appearance before his sudden death earlier this year. Recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.

(Contains Scenes of Violence)

“It is immaculately rehearsed and executed – one doesn't often see opera acted with such freedom and honesty and absence of flummery. And its unsparing analytic clarity forces one to confront the bitter truth about Lulu's inner life and the corruption and idiocy of the men who are infatuated by her. … Antonio Pappano's electrifying conducting is razor-sharp in the manner of Pierre Boulez, and the orchestral playing is magnificent. … Singing with an extraordinary grace and insouciance, Eichenholz manages to make this monster chillingly real and hauntingly beautiful.” The Telegraph

Extra features:

Cast gallery

Interview with Antonio Pappano

Interview with Agneta Eichenholz

Running time 205 mins

Region code All regions

Video codec: AVC/MPEG-4

Disc size: BD50

Picture format 1080i High Definition / 16:9

Sound format 2.0 LPCM & 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

Menu language EN

Subtitles EN/FR/DE/ES

BBC Music Magazine

November 2010

***

“Pappano has a firm grip of every nuance of the music, from the gossamer-like delicacy after the dialogue at the end of Act II to the various moments of wrenching, disturbing power.”

Gramophone Magazine

July 2011

“[Loy] wants us to work hard, to forget chasing any scent or taint of voyeurism...while Pappano is keen to bring clarity, both in his conducting and his talking...Like many productions now staged with an eye to DVD release, the 16:9 shape of the stage and intimacy of gesture certainly make more sense now than they did in the theatre...Will Hartmann is a wonderfully open, naive Painter, a Schubertian young Wanderer”

International Record Review

July/August 2010

“Robin Lough's direction for the cameras is faithful to Loy's conception and the outstanding cast...Volle holds the stage as Dr Schön/Jack the Ripper; Eichenholz's Lulu ensnares and is also vulnerable...As presented here, Lulu is an emotional and musical roller-coaster.”

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