Ligeti: Le Grande Macabre (Barcelona 2011) (Chris Merritt/ Inés Moraleda/ Ana Puche/ Gran Teatre Del Liceu/ La Fura Dels Baus/ Michael Boder) (Arthaus: 101643)
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"The result is splendid [...] It is rare that everything fits so well". El Pais
"A rousing and compellingly presented, surreal spectacle, simply breathtaking!" Frankfurter Allgemeine ZeitungLIVE RECORDING FROM THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU, BARCELONA, 2011
Staged by LA FURA DELS BAUS
Piet the Pot' CHRIS MERRITT
Amando' INeS MORALEDA
Amanda ANA PUCHE
Nekrotzar WERNER VAN MECHELEN
Astradamors FRODE OLSEN
Venus / Gepopo BARBARA HANNIGANGRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU
Conducted by MICHAEL BODER
Stage Directed by ALEX OLLe, VALENTINA CARRASCOWorld Premiere Recording!
Barcelona's Grand Teatre del Liceu presents Gyorgy Ligeti's sole opera "Le grand macabre" in a stunningly imaginative and highly theatrical production by La Fura dels Baus
- a production that already claimed enormous success in Brussels, London and Rome and - as the Independent
proclaimed - "only comes along once a decade"
. Ligeti's (1923-2006) absurd-tragicomical masterpiece of the highest order blends popular theater, comics, pop art, cabaret, caricature and the Apocalypse with fascinating imaginativeness. The orchestra, for example, is enhanced with "instruments" such as car horns and doorbells. Ligeti himself - one of the great composers of the later 20th century - called his work an "anti-anti-opera." Premiered in Stockholm in 1978, the work is based on a play by Michel de Ghelderode (1898-1962) and unfolds in an imaginary land inspired by the famous Dutch painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder' Nekrotzar, the Grand Macabre, announces the end of the world; but in a land ruled by eros, alcohol and corruption, his plan to unleash the Apocalypse bursts like a soap bubble. The people continue to lead their lives as before and refuse to be frightened by thoughts of death and a dark future... Masterfully rendering the colorful score is conductor Michael Boder
and the orchestra and chorus of the Liceu. The top-notch cast includes Werner Van Mechelen
, Chris Merritt
as Piet the Pot
, Barbara Hannigan
as Chief of the secret police, and Brian Asawa
as Prince Go-Go
"Fear to Death" - Making Of Le Grand Macabre & Interview with Michael Boder.