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Berlioz: Benvenuto Cellini / Gergiev/Vienna PO, Fritz, Kovalevska [DVD]

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 withrobots, a helicopter, a shark and the winged vehicle of a pop star Pope', was how the Neue Zurcher Zeitung described this astonishing Salzburg Festival production. The high-calibre cast, headed by Burkhard Fritz as the temperamental Renaissance artist and soprano Maija Kovalevska as 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.

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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...

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Run Time: 164 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 19:9, Color
Sound Format(s): Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Surround 5.0, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, French



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Works Details

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