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Berg: Lulu / Boder, Petibon, Juon, Holland, Groves [2 DVD]

Album Summary

>Berg, Alban : Lulu, opera
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Lulu is opera's rawest exposition of the fatal risks of untamed erotic power. No man who meets Lulu does not want her - but, like the wind, she cannot be possessed. As happens to the heroine herself, the men who attempt to subdue her, and the one woman who also adores her, are destroyed by the flip side of the life force that pours through Lulu: death. Patricia Petibon is Lulu to the life. She sings Berg's taxing music with easy, tonal beauty; the roles numerous acuti pose no problem. As The Weekend Australian observed: "Her top register, in particular, has a rich, luminous quality . . . that she exploits to great effect". This live DVD of the Liceu's 2010 hit production by Olivier Py also stars Franz Grundheber and Julia Juon. Michael Boder's conducting brings out the sensuality and psychological disequilibrium of Berg's 12-tone score. The New York Times praised Petibon's "earthy rawness".

Gramophone Magazine
The French soprano is in confident, fearless voice over the entire range of this killer part and paces herself with skill... There is an almost constant display of sex on view but it never pulls focus in the wrong way... Hugely recommended: more satisfying, and demanding, and with a fuller central performance, than any filmed Lulu to date, save that elusive Chereau.


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>Berg, Alban : Lulu, opera
  • Performers: Paul Groves (Tenor); Franz Grundheber (Baritone); Ashley Holland (Baritone); Julia Juon (Mezzo Soprano); Patricia Petibon (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Michael Boder
  • Ensemble: Barcelona Teatro Liceu Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1929-1935