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Janacek: The Makropulos Affair / Salonen, Denoke, Very, Hoare [DVD]

Album Summary

>Janácek, Leos : The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

C Major Entertainment presents Janacek's The Makropoulos Affair - the opera sensation from the 2011 Salzburg Festival. Esa-Pekka Salonen & the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Angela Denoke and the staging of Christoph Marthaler received fantastic reviews from all over the world. "Esa-Pekka Salonen ensures a brilliant reading of Janacek's fascinating score, which both heightens the opera's suspense and soars with music of passion." The New York Times "Ms. Denoke is a compelling actress" The New York Times "cast, conductor and direction team won unanimous applause" Financial Times "This is the first production of The Makropoulos Affair ever available on Blu-ray Disc!"

International Record Review
The Prelude is done with energy and a fine sense of Janacek's gritty, brilliantly lit orchestral writing...[Denoke] is vocally strong as well as having a striking stage presence: mysterious in the first and vulnerable in the last...Very's Albert Gregor is accurately sung and well characterized: Gregor is a hopelessly weak figure, in thrall to Marty and ridiculed by her. Very captures this astutely and sings the taxing role with a welcome lack of strain.

BBC Music Magazine
The vocal performances are nearly all compelling. The men - Janacek's usual weak and neurotic bunch - are entirely believable...Both the lead and female roles are remarkably complete. Jurgita Adamonyte as the starry-eyed Krista, delivers abundant ravishing tone, and Angela Denoke is an utterly credible Marty: commanding elegantly seductive and exuding a poignantly believable world weariness.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 135 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean


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Works Details

>Leos Janácek (1854 - 1928) : The Makropulos Case (Vec Makropulos), opera, JW 1/10
  • Performers: Jurgita Adamonyte (Soprano); Ales Briscein (Tenor); Angela Denoke (Soprano); Peter Hoare (Tenor); Johan Reuter (Baritone); Raymond Very (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen
  • Ensemble: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta