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Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande



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LIVE RECORDING FROM THE AALTO-MUSIKTHEATER ESSEN, 2012

Pelléas JACQUES IMBRAILO
Mélisande MICHAELA SELINGER
Golaud VINCENT LE TEXIER
Geneviève DORIS SOFFEL
Arkel WOLFGANG SCHÖNE
ESSENER PHILHARMONIKER
Conductor STEFAN SOLTESZ
Stage Director NIKOLAUS LEHNHOFF

Music of introverted tenderness and a libretto that hints at much and offers few answers - such is Pelléas et Mélisande, Claude Debussy´s only completed opera, based on the play of the same name by the Symbolist and Nobel Prize winner Maurice Maeterlinck.

Staged in Essen's Aalto Theatre, this pioneering work of early modern times was a landmark. "Conductor Stefan Soltesz knows how to highlight these sensualist Debussy colours, let melody blossom, enthral with the magic of sound. And when these seraphic tones ring out from a stage flooded with light, we cannot help but leave the world far behind", wrote the critics. The consummately precise staging by veteran stage director Nikolaus Lehnhoff has a cast to match these wondrous sounds. The characters seem to float through the scenes, bringing to the stage the unspeakable, the negation and extinction of their feelings, showing the people of this story in inescapable solitude.

This production stars the young South African baritone Jacques Imbrailo as Pelléas and Michaela Selinger as Mélisande, as well as Vincent Le Texier and Doris Soffel.

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1
Picture Format: 16:9
DVD Format: DVD 9, NTSC
Subtitle Languages: FR (Original Language), DE, GB, ES, IT, Korean
Running Time: 151 mins
FSK: 0
Region Code: 0
Facts
Item number 101686
Barcode 807280168693
Release date 30/09/2013
Category
Label Arthaus Musik
Media type DVD
Number of units 1
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