Monteverdi: Orpheus - Odysseus - Poppea

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Label: ARTHAUS
Catalog: 109127
Format: BLU RAY

KATS-CHERNIN RIDDER ORCHESTRA OF THE KOMISCHE OPER BERLIN KOSKY AKZEYBEK ALLEN ANTONOV GELLER GIEBEL KONINGER

Monteverdi’s operas are rightly considered as the fi rst masterpieces in opera history. This DVD set includes performances of Orpheus, Odysseus, and Poppea; over 450 minutes of opera and is the first time ever the three masterpieces have been performed in one evening. | Performed live at the Komische Oper Berlin which is considered the "Opera House of the Year" in Germany, 2013. | Elena Kats-Chernin, a successful international composer, used Monteverdi's musical material and has provided a new and idiosyncratic instrumentation. Kats-Chernin incorporates various styles, from Jazz, Klezmer, to Tango and Ragtime into her style. | Australian stage director and general manager of the Komische Oper Berlin Barry Kosky fascinates the audience with these three magnificent opera performances!

Monteverdis operas are rightly considered as the first masterpieces in opera history. Much like DNA, they contain all characteristics of todays opera, 400 years later. Elena Kats-Chernin, a successful international composer from Tashkent, used Monteverdis musical material, even though it barely contains any concrete orchestration details, and has provided a new and idiosyncratic instrumentation. Similar to what Monteverdi did in his time, Kats-Chernin incorporates various styles, from Jazz, Klezmer, to Tango and Ragtime into her style. This new creation of Monteverdis opera uses the traditional orchestral instrumentation, and adds exotic instruments from Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Western Africa. Strong, comic, enthralling, stark and sensitive images, with which Barrie Kosky fascinates the audience, stirring them to raucous applause.

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