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Pfitzner: Palestrina / Ventris, Rose, Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Young [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Pfitzner, Hans : Palestrina
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Requiring 38 soloists, chorus and large orchestra, Hans Pfitzner's 'Palestrina' is a challenging opera to stage. In Munich, the city in which it was given its world premiere in 1917, director Christian Stuckl and the Bavarian State Opera met those challenges with unequivocal success. Stuckl's production infuses such colour and life into this morally and philosophically serious work that even the German tabloid Abendzeitung delightedly wrote: "Who would have thought that Pfitzner could be such fun?" Written in a lush late-Romantic idiom, the opera tells how Palestrina, in the face of anti-musical decrees from the Church, composes his great Missa Papae Marcelli and becomes "the saviour of contrapuntal music". The imposing Christopher Ventris as Palestrina heads an outstanding cast.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 206 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1


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Works Details

>Pfitzner, Hans : Palestrina
  • Performers: Roland Bracht (Bass); John Daszak (Tenor); Christiane Karg (Soprano); Peter Rose (Bass); Falk Struckmann (Baritone); Christopher Ventris (Tenor); Michael Volle (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Simone Young
  • Ensemble: Bayerische Staatsorchester
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1912-1915