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Poulenc: Dialogues des Carmelites / Young, Voulgaridou, Harries [DVD]

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Dialogues des carmelites
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The opera 'Dialogues of the Carmelites' is the only opera the French composer Francis Poulenc ever wrote. It is based on the screenplay 'Diebegnadigte Angst' by Georges Bernanos. The material for the opera is based on actual historic events. This production showcases big, vibrant voices from all age categories who are not only brilliant in singing but also in acting. Besides the great musical performance, the main reason for the huge success of the opera is stage director Nikolaus Lehnhoff. His simplistic stage design together with the mystic light installation ensures that this opera provides great listening and also an amazing viewing pleasure. A BLU-RAY is available as AHM 101494.

"Australian conductor Simone Young draws excellent performances from the Hamburg Philharmonic and from the Chorus of the Hamburg State Opera. The camera work is quite fine and Raimund Bauer's sparing sets (a chair here, a bed there), convey a timeless sense in their barren look. The lighting, by Olaf Freese, is more provocative in its blue and white and misty qualities... Nikolaus Lehnhoff's stage direction is effective as usual and virtually every aspect of the production here, including the sonics, is excellent. Highly recommended." -Classical.net

"Lehnhoff takes a relatively minimalist approach...The principals are generally strong. Kathryn Harries is moving as the dying Madame de Croissy...Laura Aikin is effective as the gregarious Sister Constance and Gabriele Schnaut captures the frustrations of Mere Marie...Simone Young draws some marvellous textures from the orchestra" -BBC Music Magazine ***

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 166 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: French, English, German, Spanish, Italian



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Works Details

>Poulenc, Francis : Dialogues des carmélites
  • Performers: Alexia Voulgaridou (Soprano); Anne Schwanewilms (Mezzo Soprano); Nikolai Schukoff (Tenor); Wolfgang Schone (Bass); Gabriele Schnaut (Soprano); Kathryn Harries (Mezzo Soprano); Jana Buchner (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Simone Young
  • Ensemble: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1953-1956