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Berlioz: Les Troyans / Gergiev, Ryan, Barcellona, Matos [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"Ancient myth meets Star Wars. This is a worthy and compelling, glittering version of a sublime work" (International Herald Tribune). Monumental Operas deserve epochal staging. And Les Troyens by Berlioz is just such a work. This grand opera, complete with ballets, large choruses & orchestral set pieces, is given the full treatment by famous Catalan theatre group La Fura dels baus. Recorded at Valencia's Palau de les Arts under the baton of the great Valery Gergiev, featuring Danielle Barcellona as "Dido" this production is "such a feast for the eyes, a veritable orgy of optical opulence" that displays "this artists groups sheer inexhaustible fund of imagination and creativeness" (Das opernglas).

MusicWeb International
... this recent production by Palau de les Arts "Reina Sofia", Valencia deserves attention amongst other things for the effort that went into the multi-media aspects... the present DVD breaks convention in a modern rethinking that makes use of elements of sport, science-fiction and abstract modernism to re-envision Berlioz's as a multi-media event. This resembles in some ways the recent Ring cycle from the same theatre. That also which also deployed projected film and other special effects in a re-conception of another nineteenth-century epic. Tastes will vary and some may view the aesthetic results as a mere juxtaposition of modernism and tradition. At bottom, though, the criterion is: how effective is this production and music-making in conveying the meaning of the work.

Opera News
Coproduced with the Mariinsky Theatre and Polish National Opera, the spectacle was documented at the Palau de les Arts, Valencia, on November 9, 2009, and it is musically a thrilling occasion on many counts. Valery Gergiev, a longtime Berlioz champion but a recent recruit to Les Troyens, is in his element, catching the rough, archaic undercurrents of the score as surely as he does its rapturous refinements. Orchestra and chorus are superb.

... In The Trojans we once more have the brilliant 3D projection effects, some outrageous costumes, along with vivid imaginative effects. Surprisingly, the Trojan Horse doesn't amount to much. Singers are up to their tasks, but I cannot imagine anyone interested in this opera preferring this to the Met Levine production which in its new remastering sounds better than ever and as a performance surely is more what Berlioz intended - and surely is better sung.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 260 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: Engish, German, French, Spanish, Korean, Chinese


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Works Details

>Berlioz, Hector : Les Troyens, opera, H. 133a
  • Performers: Daniela Barcellona (Mezzo Soprano); Zlata Bulycheva (Mezzo Soprano); Eric Cutler (Tenor); Giorgio Giuseppini (Bass); Elisabete Matos (Soprano); Stephen Milling (Bass); Lance Ryan (Tenor); Oksana Shilova (Soprano); Gabriele Viviani (Baritone)
  • Conductor: Valery Gergiev
  • Ensemble: Cor de la Generalitat Valenciana
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1856-1858