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Berg: Wozzeck / Abbado, Grundheber, Behrens, Raffeiner [DVD]

Album Summary

>Berg, Alban : Wozzeck, Op. 7
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Claudio Abbado conducts the Chorus and Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera in a powerful recording of Alban Berg's influential opera, 'Wozzeck', a terrifyingly great portrayal of a soldier who is tormented and mocked by his superiors until he loses reason. Peter Mussbach's highly stylized production heightens the emotional intensity of this searing work and becomes an agonizing lament over lost innocence.

"I believe this recording is the only video version available. Luckily it is a good one. The cast is universally excellent, particularly Franz Grundheber's Wozzeck, who manages to evince sympathy, and Behrens, whose ambivalent Marie does not. The orchestral interludes, so perceptively performed by Abbado, enhance and heighten the tension. According to Berg, however, these musical devices are secondary. 'Everyone should be filled only by idea of the opera, an idea which far transcends the individual fate of Wozzeck.'" - Classical.net

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 97 min.
Region: 1
Picture Format: NTSC, 4:3, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: English


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Works Details

>Berg, Alban : Wozzeck, Op. 7
  • Performers: Hildegard Behrens (Soprano); Franz Grundheber (Baritone); Aage Haugland (Bass); Philip Langridge (Tenor); Walter Raffeiner (Tenor); Heinz Zednik (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Claudio Abbado
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Chorus
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1917-1922