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Ferruccio Busoni


Ferruccio Busoni
Opernhaus Zürich, 2006

Soloists: Günther Groissböck, Thomas Hampson, Gregory Kunde
Orchestra, Chorus: Chor und Orchester der Oper Zürich
Conductor: Philippe Jordan
Director: Eduardo Arroyo
DVD Specials: Foyer Talk with Thomas Hampson and Interview with Philippe Jordan (including backstage footage)

“Procure me the unconditional fulfilment of my every wish for the rest of my life, let me embrace the world – the East and the South, which call out to me –, let me understand completely man’s actions and extend them in unheard-of ways; give me genius, and give me also his suffering, so that I may be happy like no other.” (Ferruccio Busoni) Doktor Faust remained a fragment at the time of the composer’s death. Busoni died in 1924, unable to complete what he himself described as his “state masterpiece” – an opera to which he had a deep personal attachment. The missing scenes from the score – the appearance of Helen and Faust’s closing monologue – were completed by his pupil, Philipp Jarnach, whom Busoni had become acquainted with during his period in exile in Zürich. In this form the opera was given its first performance in Dresden in 1925. Then in the 1980s the conductor Anthony Beaumont came across previously undiscovered sketches by Busoni and produced a new version of Doktor Faust, which was premiered in Bologna in 1985. The current recording uses the Jarnach score. “[Thomas Hampson possesses] all the physical and vocal energy one could wish for…..flourishes and ornaments leap out of his melodic lines….the gestures [are] also natural, his phrasing and pitch sure. Mr. Hampson, as his career justifiably grows, has preserved an unmannered charm.” The New York Times

Press Reviews

"[...] makes this performance so amazing and spectacular though is Thomas Hampson who single-handedly transforms this opera to a whole new level awesome. [...] its release to Blu-ray will knock your socks off, seriously. [...] is a must-have for any fan or seriuos Blu-ray enthusiast." Nate Goss,, 08.02.2009

"Die Tosca-Inszenierung des italienischen Opern-Regisseurs Hugo de Ana aus der weltberühmten Arena die Verona protzt mit dem Prunk, den eine Puccini-Oper braucht. Gesungen wir die populäre Tragödie von einem exzellenten Opern-Darsteller wie Florenza Cedolins und Marcelo Alvarez. [...]. Der 5.1-Mix überzeugt mit konturierten Streichern, die glasklaren Stimmen verteilen sich auf alle Boxen. Das 1080i-Bild deckt jede noch so kleine Einzelheit des Bühnenbilds auf." Audiovision, 03/2009

"Thomas Hampson's impersonation of Faust is, without exaggerating, one of the most moving performances that you are likely to ever see. [...] Doktor Faust gets a lovely Blu-ray treatment that will surely be regarded as one of the best in Arthaus Musik's growing catalog of classical releases. [...] Doktor Faust gets a lovely Blu-ray treatment that will surely be regarded as one of the best in Arthaus Musik’s growing catalog of classical releases. Contrast here is exceptionally strong – from the impressive close-ups showing terrific clarity and detail, to the panoramic shots capturing the chic decors courtesy of Stage Director Klaus Michael Gruber, this 1080i transfer looks solid. Furthermore, the dominant blue lights that cover the stage look incredibly rich and well-saturated.", 02.02.2009

"[...] eindrucksvollstes Musiktheater auf DVD. Großartig, opulent und stimmungsvoll setzte Klaus Michael Grüber das Meisterwerk von Ferrucio Busoni in Szene. [...] Für die Interpretation des Doktor Faust gebührt Thomas Hampson die Krone. Eine bessere, adäquatere Interpretation kann man sich nicht denken." Gerhard Hoffmann, Der neue Merker, Ausgabe 3/2009

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 172

Picture Format: 16:9

Sound Format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Resolution: 1080i Full HD

Number of Discs: 1

Region: A, B, C

Subtitle Languages:


UPC: 807280128499

Blu-ray: 101284

ISBN: 978-3-941311-10-7

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