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LE GRAND MACABRE

György Ligeti

 

György Ligeti
LE GRAND MACABRE
Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona, 2011


Soloists: Chris Merritt, Inés Moraleda, Ana Puche
Orchestra, Chorus: Orquestra Simfònica i Cor del Gran Teatre del Liceu
Conductor: Michael Boder
Director: Alex Ollé, Valentina Carrasco
DVD Specials: „Fear to Death“ - Making Of Le Grand Macabre & Interview with Michael Boder (42 mins)

Barcelona’s Grand Teatre del Liceu presents György Ligeti’s sole opera “Le grand macabre” in a stunningly imaginative and highly theatrical production by La Fura dels Baus – a production that already claimed enormous success in Brussels, London and Rome and - as the British Independent proclaimed - “only comes along once a decade”. 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 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… Masterfully rendering the colorful score is conductor Michael Boder and the orchestra and chorus of the Liceu. The top-notch cast includes Werner Van Mechelen as Nekrotzar, Chris Merritt as “Piet the Pot”, Barbara Hannigan as Chief of the secret police, and Brian Asawa as “Prince Go-Go”.

Press Reviews

„Arthaus Musik have presented us with a stunning new transfer in this first ever DVD (and Blu-ray) release of the rarely seen opera. This is a highly recommended release, and sadly, the only chance to see an operatic composition by this inventive and widely overlooked composer.“ theartsshelf.com, 06.09.2012

"So macht Ligeti Spaß." Miquel Cabruja, Stereoplay, November 12

"Dieser postmoderne Ausflug in die Operngeschichte hält die Solisten vom Singen fern - ihnen bleibt, neben der Körperakrobatik, nur eine äußerst virtuose Stimmakrobaktik. Sie meistern beides exzellent! (…) Ein Ausnahme-Werk als Zeit-Spiegel!" Dr. Eberhard Kneipel, Thüringer Kulturspiegel, März 13

"Video and audio recording are at the top of the heap and represent the best effort to get unfamiliar viewers exposed to this avant-garde opera." Lawrence Devoe, blu-raydefinition.com, 17.10.2012

"Ohne jede Einschränkung großartig gelungen." Manuel Brug, Fono Forum, Juli 2013

Label: Arthaus Musik

Genre: Opera

Running Time: 122

Picture Format: 16:9

Sound Format: PCM Stereo / DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Resolution: 1080i Full HD

Number of Discs: 1

Region: A, B, C

Languages: GB

Subtitle Languages:

GB, DE, FR, IT, ES, JP, KOR, Catalan

UPC: 807280805895

Blu-ray: 108058