Lulu - Alban Berg - Blu-ray
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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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I enjoyed Patricia Petibon’s depiction of Lulu, I found it more coquettish, if not sexy, than Schäfer, especially in the first act, but I disagree with Arnold Whittall in his Gramophone review (A/12), who seems to point to her background in early music giving her too much “vulnerability” in the role. She is after all the only singer to have two different recordings of this wonderful work in the catalogue, although I do find this production to be better than her 2011 DG one from the Licieu under the baton of Michael Boder, although this is more to do with the less than ideal supporting cast.
I find the angst and the sheer darkness of this opera are to be found more in Graham Vick’s production from Glyndebourne, which still remains as my first recommendation. Some may find the different approach of this new production preferable, but I found myself asking what would Berg think, and I believe he would recognise the wonderful Christine Schäfer at Glyndebourne to be more in keeping with his vision for the opera!
WILL HAVE TO DECIDE WHAT THE CAST IS ABOUT.
BEAUTIFUL SETS, MUSIC, VIDEO.