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Reimann: Medea / Boder/Vienna State Opera, Petersen, Selinger [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Reimann, Aribert : Medea
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"... the unpretentious ingenuity of conductor Michael Boder and the Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper, who have managed with admirable ease to bridge the gap between the Viennese tradition and Reimann, the Berlin traditionalist - an extraordinary piece of good fortune!" Süddeutsche Zeitung "The images are of beguiling beauty... what the ensemble conjures up on the stage is nothing short of a miracle." Neue Zürcher Zeitung"

... Reimann's dark, abrasive music is perfect for the subject, as are the stark sets. Action is not interrupted by "arias," as the tragic story progresses. It is a tour-de-force for a singer who can get it all together, and Marlis Petersen surely manages that. Video and audio are excellent as experienced on the Blu-Ray edition. The usually reserved Viennese audience gave this a resounding ovation, all included. This a powerful modern treatment of the legendary Greek scorned woman, in a performance that could not be bettered. Experienced on Blu-Ray, video and audio are state-of-the-art. Recommended!

American Record Guide
The music is modern but not offensively so. German soprano Marlis Petersen... is crystal clear and under amazing control as she leaps octaves and paces the music, which often has no discernable beat.

The music fits perfectly with the huge range of the DTS Master Audio 5.1 coding and its range that exceeds human hearing when anchored to a performance space. Drums carry and accent these dynamic changes, woven together with trombones and trumpets. I was ready to put this Medea down as too much intellectual pretension, but it makes a clear statement in powerful music and technology.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 113 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: German, Italian, English, French, Spanish, Japanese


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Works Details

>Reimann, Aribert : Medea
  • Performers: Max Cencic (Countertenor); Adrian Eröd (Baritone); Elizabeth Kulman (Mezzo Soprano); Marlis Petersen (Soprano); Michael Roider (Tenor); Michaela Selinger (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Boder
  • Ensemble: Vienna State Opera Orchestra
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 2010