Bayerisches StaatsorchesterSimone Young
Recorded live at the Nationaltheater, Munich, 10 & 14 July 2009
Requiring 38 soloists, chorus and large orchestra, Palestrina
, Hans Pfitzner's (1869-1949) "most important work" (Süddeutsche Zeitung), is a challenging opera to stage. Written in a lush late-Romantic idiom, the masterpiece weaves a fictitious tale around Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, one of the most important Renaissance composers and renovators of sacred music, who fears losing his creative powers and his role in society.
In Munich, the city in which it was given its world premiere in 1917, the Bavarian State Opera succeeded director Christian Stückl, best known for his staging of the Oberammergau Passion Play and the Salzburg Festival's "Jedermann", transformed the monumental work into an optical pop art event.
Conductor Simone Young
maintains a silky, organic orchestral texture, and expertly holds the reins of the many vocal and instrumental parts. Heading the many outstanding soloists are the imposing Christopher Ventris
as Palestrina, Bayreuth regular Falk Struckmann
and baritone Michael Volle
.Picture format Blu-ray:
1080i Full HDSound format Blu-ray:
PCM Stereo, DTS-HD Master AudioRegion code:
All (Worldwide) Booklet notes:
English, German, FrenchRunning time:
197 mins Performance + 9 mins Bonus
EURA 2072524; EURARTS - Germania; Classica Lirica