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Debussy: Pelleas Et Melisande 2005 (Rodney Gilfry/ Isabel Rey/ Michael Volle/ László Polgár/ Cornelia Kallisch/ Franz Wesler-Möst/ Sven-Eric Bechtolf) (Arthaus: 108050) [Blu-ray] [2012]

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  • Actors: Rodney Gilfry, Isabel Rey, Michael Volle, László Polgár, Cornelia Kallisch
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: French, English, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B009IF1372
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 215,401 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Live recording from the Zurich Opera House, 2004

Pelléas Rodney Gilfry
Mélisande Isabel Rey
Golaud Michael Volle
Arkel László Polgár
Geneviève Cornelia Kallisch
Zurich Opera House
Conducted by Franz Welser-Möst
Stage Directed by Sven-Eric Bechtolf
Set Design by Rolf Glittenberg

A staging of Claude Debussy's only completed opera, Pelléas et Mélisande, recorded live at the Zurich Opera House. The opera's premiere in Paris in 1902 brought the new century to the stage. It came quietly, introducing a new female figure that provided the visual artists of l'art nouveau with a fascinating alternative to such femmes fatales as Oscar Wilde's Lulu and Frank Wedekind's Salome. Debussy (1862-1918) adapted a dreamlike libretto by the Belgian playwright and poet, Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) and in the music retained the symbolic quality of the mysterious, almost static fairytale. Conductor Franz Welser-Möst and director Sven-Eric Bechtolf have become one of the leading partnerships in contemporary music theatre. The characters are impressively enacted by Rodney Gilfrey and Isabel Rey in the title roles. Occasionally placed in wheelchairs that hint at emotional as well as physical inadequacies and frequently doubled by puppets, Debussy's protagonists are kept at a distance in their subconscious dream world. Franz Welser-Möst conducts a performance that is clear, well structured, unsentimental and attuned to the alertness and pioneering spirit of a score that even today has lost none of its radiance. The designer Rolf Glittenberg set the work in a remote operatic universe that is both greyish white and ice cold.

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"When he sings he opens a formidable treasure chest of intelligent artistry. The voice is resonant, flexible and smooth, wide in range, and he applies it with deep, searching thoughtfulness to whatever he happens to be tackling. The baritone Rodney Gilfry is an artist of the first order."

--Financial Times

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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Dec. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The 2004 Zurich production of Pelléas et Mélisande is a curious one, but then Debussy's only complete opera is a strange and enigmatic work. It's a work that is founded on ambience and ambiguity, as much in the libretto - Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolist drama brought over almost intact - as in the haunting qualities of Debussy's music, which do not underscore or emphasise specific emotions in the traditional manner as much as suggest otherworldly mood and mystery in the hidden depths that lie within it. The production design consequently also goes for a non-specific, otherworldly location within a snow-bound world that seems to work well with Debussy's floating lines, the coldness and detachment of the expressions, as well as the enclosed intimacy and oppressiveness of the subconscious passions that underlie them.

By far the strangest element of Sven-Eric Bechtolf's production however is the use of life-size dummies, looking uncannily like the characters themselves, which are carried around by them, sometimes propelled around the stage in wheelchairs, the characters interacting more with the dummies than the actual people they represent. The key to this of course is that it reflects the failure of the characters to connect meaningfully not only with each other, but points to a sense of detachment from their own sentiments and feelings. This feels entirely appropriate within an opera that, derived from a symbolist drama, is about much more than the surface interaction between the characters, reflecting even the resonances and sensations that Debussy adds to the growing sense of unease through his unsettling scoring to the scenes and the linking musical interludes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Debussy for Dummies 15 Dec. 2012
By Keris Nine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
The 2004 Zurich production of Pelléas et Mélisande is a curious one, but then Debussy's only complete opera is a strange and enigmatic work. It's a work that is founded on ambience and ambiguity, as much in the libretto - Maurice Maeterlinck's symbolist drama brought over almost intact - as in the haunting qualities of Debussy's music, which do not underscore or emphasise specific emotions in the traditional manner as much as suggest otherworldly mood and mystery in the hidden depths that lie within it. The production design consequently also goes for a non-specific, otherworldly location within a snow-bound world that seems to work well with Debussy's floating lines, the coldness and detachment of the expressions, as well as the enclosed intimacy and oppressiveness of the subconscious passions that underlie them.

By far the strangest element of Sven-Eric Bechtolf's production however is the use of life-size dummies, looking uncannily like the characters themselves, which are carried around by them, sometimes propelled around the stage in wheelchairs, the characters interacting more with the dummies than the actual people they represent. The key to this of course is that it reflects the failure of the characters to connect meaningfully not only with each other, but points to a sense of detachment from their own sentiments and feelings. This feels entirely appropriate within an opera that, derived from a symbolist drama, is about much more than the surface interaction between the characters, reflecting even the resonances and sensations that Debussy adds to the growing sense of unease through his unsettling scoring to the scenes and the linking musical interludes. Rolf Glittenberg's set designs for the Zurich production, although strange, create an equally unsettling and ambiguous atmosphere that works well with the nature of the work, while even the strange marbled stone suits worn by the inhabitants of the royal castle (but not Mélisande) raise questions or create impressions about their inner nature.

The production design won't be to everyone's taste, but this is a good all-round performance of the opera. Franz Welser-Möst conducts the Zurich orchestra marvellously through the beautiful floating score with a mood and tempo that matches the ambience of the snow-smothered production and the fluid revolutions of the set. The singing and the performances are excellent, particularly Rodney Gilfrey, who seems to delve deeply into the character as Pélleas, but Isabel Rey is also a fine Mélisande, Michael Volle a particularly tormented Golaud, bringing a remarkable intensity and much needed dynamic to the work, and László Polgár brings deep beautiful tones, to a dignified but somewhat opaque Arkel.

The Blu-ray release from Arthaus is a repackage of the previous TDK release, retaining even the label on the disc itself and the original TDK menus. The HD picture quality is very good, the sound well distributed with a cool tone on the PCM Stereo and DTS HD-Master Audio 7.1 mixes. There are no extra features on the disc itself, which is region-free. Subtitles are in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.
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