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Claudio Monteverdi: Il Ritorno Ulisse In Patria (Zurich 2002) (Vesselina Kasarova/ Dietrich Henschel/ Malin Hartelius/ Orchestra La Scintilla of the Zurich Opera House/ klAUS-Michael Grüber/ Nikolaus Harnoncourt) (Arthaus: 101660)



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LIVE RECORDING FROM THE ZURICH OPERA HOUSE, 2002

Penelope; VESSELINA KASAROVA
L'humanita fragilita/ Ulisse' DIETRICH HENSCHEL
Melanto' MALIN HARTELIUS
Telemaco' JONAS KAUFMANN
Iro' RUDOLF SCHASCHING
Minerva/ AmoreI' ISABEL REY
Fortuna/ Giunone' MARTINA JANKOVA

ORCHESTRA LA SCINTILLA OF THE ZURICH OPERA HOUSE
Conducted by NIKOLAUS HARNONCOURT
Stage Directed by KLAUS-MICHAEL GRuBER
Set Design by GILLES AILLAUD

Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria is based closely on the final books of Homer's Odyssey and is hailed as the key work marking the threshold between the Renaissance and Baroque periods. Together with producer Klaus Michael Gruber, Nikolaus Harnoncourt strikes a new balance between musical polish and distillation of the essence of dramatic action. "It is a kind of 'theatre pauvre', which works with a few carefully chosen and powerful symbols", was how the newspaper Neue Zurcher Zeitung reviewed the production. The main action takes place on little more than an angled revolving stage in front of a whitewashed wall which hints at the landscape of a Greek island. The sets have an apt simplicity, eschewing fussy detail and spectacular effects. The colours are cool, predominantly white, blue and black, transporting us to a modern day. Harnoncourt's musical drive has become "a touch gentler", wrote the Berlin daily Tagesspiegel;

.... "Not that Harnoncourt is now leaving things to chance or to the discretion of his exquisite musicians. But the way he communicates - his entire rostrum manner - seems to have become more relaxed, calmer, rounder, and both he and the listener are amply rewarded by the sound which results."

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Item number 101660
Barcode 807280166095
Release date 03/09/2012
Category Classical Concert | DVDs
Label Arthaus Musik | Classical DVDs
Media type DVD
Number of units 1
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