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Schoenberg: Moses und Aron / Boder/Bochumer SO, Duesing, Conrad [DVD]

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>Schoenberg, Arnold : Moses und Aron
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

One of the greatest revolutions in the history of mankind happened around 3000 years ago: the transition from polytheism to monotheism through the prophet Moses. God revealed himself directly to Moses, instructing him in absolute truth. Moses was charged with leading the people of Israel to the Promised Land and escaping from Egyptian slavery. Moses came to embody the relationship between the human and divine truth. God's call to Moses presented a new idea that exploded all previous religious concepts: 'One God - unique, eternal, intangible, inconceivable'. Moses understands this concept, but is unable to express it, and therefore God appoints Moses' brother Aaron as his spokesman. They are bound to fail: Aaron can only approach sharing the idea by compromising its meaning, whilst Moses is left to search fruitlessly for "the word I lack ..." When Arnold Schonberg composed what he regarded as the dramatisation of his religious beliefs, he felt as though he was himself a Moses of the art world. "Endowed with a sense of mission", Schonberg continually reflected on how "to make the unfathomable, fathomable". A spectacular staging by Willy Decker - A new reference recording!

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Very different but just as thrilling, this visually and musically splendid Moses is an ideal way into the work for first-timers, as well as a fascinating alternative for those who know the work.

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Run Time: 106 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French



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Works Details

>Schoenberg, Arnold : Moses und Aron
  • Performers: Michael Smallwood (Tenor); Renatus Meszar (Bass); Karolina Gumos (Alto); Boris Grappe (Baritone); Ilse Eerens (Soprano); Dale Duesing (Voice); Andreas Conrad (Tenor); Finnur Bjarnason (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Michael Boder
  • Ensemble: ChorWerk Ruhr
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1930-1932