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Lulu - Alban Berg - Blu-ray


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  • Actors: Patricia Petibon, Michael Volle
  • Directors: Marc Albrecht
  • Format: Classical, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • Release Date: Sept. 4 2012
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006P0FIHO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #78,546 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Also available in standard definition! Alban Berg's opera 'Lulu' is the story of a lower-class girl who sleeps her way to fame and fortune before losing everything she has and finding death at the hands of Jack the Ripper. Conductor Marc Albrecht supports the two main protagonists, Patricia Petibon's Lulu and Michael Volle's Dr. Schön, with the rich sonorities of Berg's music. Particularly impressive are the gigantic backdrops that dominate the stage and were painted by Daniel Richter, one of the leading German artists of our time. ' the wonderfully transparent, flowing sound of the Wiener Philharmoniker, which splendidly displays all the colors of this magical score under the fabulously precise baton of Marc Albrecht.' - FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG

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By captain cuttle on Jan. 10 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
These reviews are for the the old Glyndebourne version, which is excellent, NOT the one show above. Read the cast list and you'll find no correlation. Amazon, please correct.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sungu Okan on April 18 2004
Format: DVD
This is one of the best operas of 20th century and the opera is realist and story is narrated with a heavy language, very effective...
And this performance is really excellent. Decor is minimalist and very good. The cast has no weak link and Andrew Davis with his London Philharmonic bring dramatic and powerful interpretation.
The silent film (in 2 Act) is terrific and they followed all instructions of Berg. This music has a different form: music starts with film, continues and arrives to centre of music, and then music runs backward! (with whole orchestra takes mutes in instruments).
This is a story about the rise and fall in society of a "femme fatale", from life as a society hostess in a casino in Paris to prostitution in London's dirty streets. She makes three wedding, which ends all her three husbands deaths and she be indifferent in all of them (from the Proffesor to Alwa). She eventually descends into prostitution and eventual bloody death at the hands of Jack the Ripper! And he kills Countess Geschwitz, too, who is the in love to Lulu!
Lulu's three husbands:
The Professor Goll - deaths with a suddenheart disease
The Painter - who painted Lulu's portrait
Dr. Schön - Alwa's father
These three man first appears in 1st and 2nd Acts, are appears once more in 3rd Act (2nd Scene in London) with these characters:
The Professor - the first client of Lulu
The Negro (actually the Painter)- 2nd client and kills Alwa (the last husband of Lulu), because of The Negro attacks Lulu and Alwa wants to save Lulu but the Negro kills him...
Jack the Ripper (actually Dr. Schön)
And this situation is not an economy in singer's cast. This means that, Lulu's dead husbands to take vengeance.
Highly recommended for any Alban Berg and opera admirers.
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Format: DVD
The best LULU, the real one! The YOU MUST HAVE IT!
Martin
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Osvaldo Colarusso on Feb. 26 2004
Format: DVD
Lulu is a very complex work. This DVD makes justice to all of the complexness of the work: musical and dramatic. First of all: Christine Schäfer. Since Teresa Stratas she is the most impressive singer to play this difficult role. As she is a genuine coloratura , Schäfer can handle with all these crazy cadenzas with naturality. And her personification of Lulu is as ambigous as Wedekind( the play ' s writer) has though. But it isn' t only Schäfer that is fantastic in this DVD. Wolfgang Schöne is a convincent Schon and Jack the riper.Stephan Drakulich as The Painter and the Neger is very sexy and exciting . The old wagnerian bass-baritone Norman Bailey is a moving and repulsive Schigolch (and yet in a very good voice).Alwa, one of the most demanding tenor roles in all lyric repertoire, is very well sung by David Kuebler, and his naive looking is very moving during all the performance.Kathryn Harries as Geschwitz is fantastic too. Her final singing is a golden key for this performance. Far from one analytical aproach, Andrew Davies made a romantic and effective reading of the score. The London Philharmonic is in a special day, sounding realy as a great orchestra. The violin and piano solos, at the first scene of act three are very well played.
The staging, transposed for a modern time ( Lulu is atemporal) is fantastic by the simplicitiy of the sets and the coherence (the steps marking Lulu's ascension and fall !!!). Sexuality flows over all the singers.But always with naturality.And I would like to remark also that this mise en scene has a fine movie during the intermezzo of the second act, folowing all the instructions of Berg.
For this ( low) price you will have one of the best readings of the score , only comparable with that of Boulez (1978), and one very special staging of one of the most important opera of the history, maybe .....the last great opera.
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