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Gyorgy Ligeti: Le Grand Macabre, opera / Chris Merritt, Ines Moraleda, Ana Puche, Werner Van Mechelen, Barbara Hannigan. Michael Boder, Teatre del Liceu SO [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Ligeti, György : Le Grand Macabre
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu presents Gyorgy Ligeti's sole opera "Le grand macabre" in a stunningly imaginative and highly theatrical production by La Fura dels Baus. The absurd-tragicomical masterpiece, which Ligeti called an "anti-anti-opera," blends popular theatre, comics, pop art, cabaret, caricature, and the Apocalypse with fascinating ease. Masterfully rendering the colorful score are the orchestra and chorus of the Liceu, under the baton of conductor Michael Boder. The stellar cast includes Werner Van Mechelen, Chris Merritt, Barbara Hannigan, and Brian Asawa.

MusicWeb International
A Blu-ray first for a controversial production of a weird and wonderful opera. Some may be appalled by the near pornography, while other viewers may find it enthralling. In any case, the performance could hardly be bettered and the sound and picture are stunning. The disc has a substantial bonus by way of a lengthy documentary on the staging and costumes.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 164 min.
Region: 0
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
Country of Origin: Germany



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Works Details

>György Ligeti (1923 - 2006) : Le Grand Macabre
  • Performers: Chris Merritt (Tenor); Ines Moraleda; Ana Puche; Werner Mechelen (Bass Baritone); Barbara Hannigan (Soprano); Frode Olsen (Bass)
  • Conductor: Michael Boder
  • Ensemble: Gran Teatre del Liceu
  • Running Time: 164 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Studio