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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Gergiev, Fritz, Kovalevska, Naouri [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"A mix of futurism a la Metropolis, fantasy a la Batman and quotes from Piranesi's Carceri, juxtaposed in the form of photo montages, enhanced with... robots, a helicopter, a shark and the winged vehicle of a pop star Pope" was how the Neue Zürcher Zeitung described this astonishing Salzburg Festival production of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini. The stellar cast, headed by Burkhard Fritz as the temperamental Renaissance artist and 26-year-old Latvian soprano Maija Kovalevska as his love interest Teresa, is conducted by Valery Gergiev, who "pulled out all the stops. He whips the Vienna Philharmonic into a delirium similar to that which possibly took hold of the composer" (Der Standard). This is French grand opera at its fast-paced and spectacularly staged best.

Valery Gergiev conducts two Berlioz operas, Benvenuto Cellini in a performance from the 2007 Salzburg Festival... Benvenuto Cellini is as close as Berlioz ever got to writing a comic opera and this colorful over the top production by Philipp Stötzl is appropriate. It is one big, bizarre cartoon including robots, a helicopter, fireworks, outlandish costumes and projected effects. The cast is uniformly excellent although tenor Burkhard Fritz in the title role doesn't settle into the role until after the first scene...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 164 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish


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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Benvenuto Cellini, opera Op. 23
  • Performers: Burkhard Fritz (Tenor); Maija Kovalevska (Soprano); Xavier Mas (Tenor); Laurent Naouri (Baritone); Mikhail Petrenko (Bass); Adam Plachetka (Baritone); Roberto Tagliavini (Bass)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1834-1837