Berg: Wozzeck, Op. 7 (live)
Label: Naxos Opera
Griffin, Calvin; Houston Symphony; Dawson, Julia; Ballentine, Frederick; Trekel, Roman; Houston Grand Opera Children's Chorus; Rice University Shepherd School of Music Students and Alumni Chorus; Ciesinski, Katherine; Graf, Hans; Ryan, Brenton; Schwanewilms, Anne; Molomot, Marc; Gietz, Gordon; Berg, Nathan; McPherson, Robert; Deutsche Samstagsschule Houston; Schultz, Samuel
Based on real events and playwright Georg Büchner’s starkly vehement text, Alban Berg’s tragic opera Wozzeck is an epoch-making work, in stark contrast to the previous high romantic ideals of the genre, that led Schoenberg to exclaim “now that’s what I call an opera!” Immensely powerful and heartbreakingly moving as a drama, Wozzeck explores the victimisation, despair and madness of a central character who has no place in society, its deeply humane message and sublimely innovative score firmly establishing it as a 20th-century masterpiece.