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Leos Janacek - From the House of the Dead / Chereau, Boulez (Festival d'Aix-en-Provence 2007) [DVD] [2008]

Pierre Boulez , Olaf Bär , Patrice Chéreau , Stéphane Metge    Exempt   DVD
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  • Actors: Pierre Boulez, Olaf Bär, Heinz Zednik, John Mark Ainsley, Gerd Grochowski
  • Directors: Patrice Chéreau, Stéphane Metge
  • Format: DVD-Video, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, PAL
  • Language: Czech
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Mar 2008
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012LH82Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,957 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Tracklist 1. Prelude Surround Sound 2. Privedou dnes pána! Surround Sound 3. Jak te nazy vaji? Surround Sound 4. Neuvidi oko jiz kraju Surround Sound 5. Aljejo, podavej nitku! Surround Sound 6. A... A... Mily, mily Aljejo! Surround Sound 7. Alexandr Petrovic, bude praznik Surround Sound 8. Presel den, druhy, treti Surround Sound 9. Dnes bude muj posledni den! Surround Sound 10. Pantomima o Pekne mlyánrce Surround Sound 11. Pekne hrali, co? Surround Sound 12. Isaj, prorok bozi! Surround Sound 13. Má detátka milá Surround Sound 14. A já byl, bratricku, az do svatby zpit! Surround Sound 15. S Filkou jste se opet sprátelili? Surround Sound 16. Petrovici! Já isem te urazil Surround Sound 17. Patrice Chéreau rehearsing Skuratov's narration (From the House of the Dead - Making of) 18. Patrice Chéreau and Pierre Boulez on Dostoyevsky's text (From the House of the Dead - Making of) 19. Thierry Thieu Niang working on the two pantomimes (From the House of the Dead - Making of) 20. Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chéreau on the position of the chorus in Act III (From the House of the Dead - Making of) 21. Pierre Boulez rehearsing the Mahler Chamber Orchestra (From the House of the Dead - Making of) 22. Catalogue Slideshow

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Janacek - and Boulez' final bow 19 Mar 2008
By Loge
Bringing together the legendary team behind the Centenary Bayreuth "Ring Cycle", Pierre Boulez and Patrice Chèreau, this production of Janàcek's extraordinary final opera "From the house of the dead" was filmed at the Aix-en-Provence Festival on 20 July 2007.

The opera, in many ways quite unlike any other written by Janàcek, is based on Dostoyevsky's "Notes from the house of the dead", which in turn memorialised Dostoevsky's own experience as a political prisoner under Czar Nicolai I. (Dostoevsky was originally sentenced to death for his involvement with a utopian political group. This was commuted to eight years `penal servitude' (in fact he served four) followed by internal exile (he was not allowed to return to St Petersburg for a further six years). Famously he `found Christ' in the sufferings of his fellow prisoners.)

Janàcek retained as much of Dostoyevsky's original text as possible, arranging it into a sort of montage of prison life. There is no real plot. The basic framework is the arrival in the labour camp of a nobleman, Gorjancikov, a political prisoner who is brutally beaten; the `celebration' of Easter, when the prisoners perform two short, sexually-charged plays; Gorjancikov befriending a boy prisoner, Aljeja; Gorjancikov's unexplained release, and the continuation of routine prison life.

This may seem unpromising material for an opera but Janàcek makes from it an intense, emotional and ultimately humane parable - although at times heart-renderingly painful. This Boulez/ Chèreau production universalizes it and while the blank ending leaves us with the horrible reality that this is all just going to continue, there are real moments of solidarity, hope and promise.
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5.0 out of 5 stars be swept off your feet... 19 Jun 2008
The excellent first review says it nearly all. A few footnotes: Don't be scared off by the fact that it's Boulez conducting. Yes, his style here as well as elsewhere is very precise and analytical, and his interpretation predictably stresses the forward looking aspects of Janacek's music. Mackerras, on CD, is warmer, maybe more emotional. But this opera fares very well with Boulez's approach. The music is shattering, and does not need more "emotion" laid on. And yes, it is great to have the different musical lines and instruments brought out so clearly, the music sounds like it was written yesterday. Don't be put off either by the opera's reputation of not having a plot worthy of the name. True, it is not Otello, but it is a mosaic of dramatic stories, some of them linked, within a framework story with different strands: that of the bird the prisoners have made, that of Goryanchikov, and that of Alyeya. Chereau has brought this out ingeniously, in a way that stresses the timelessness of the drama. What emerges is an opera of mythic force about freedom and captivity, the "humiliated and oppressed", to join Janacek's other masterpieces, about parental and romantic love (Jenufa and Katya), and the relationship between life and death (Vixen and Makropoulos).
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! 2 May 2008
By Big D
This is exceptional!
This is life-validating.
Seeing this exceptional performance on the screen, forty years after having last seen the work on the stage, it instantly came back to me how life-affirming this opera is, and in itself, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, justifies twentieth-century opera.
Do yourself a favour and don't miss this superlative opera & production.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming 18 Feb 2011
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I must admit i have never been the biggest Janacek fan around, but this dvd blew me away. Not only the music is great, a big thank you for the subtitles, now i can understand the lyrics (reading from a libretto is not the same)! But that is not even the best part. The set (staging) is minimalistic but the atmosphere is working great and helps getting the desolate feeling the characters must have across, making an emotional connection deep inside. This being great, even this is not the best part. That is for me the acting and the way the singers and actors make us "believe" the story of this opera and let us understand what Janacek must have ment when he wrote this masterpiece. Absolutely one of the best interpretations of an opera i have ever watched.

But be warned. Some images are quite hard to digest for the very sensible ones...
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