CD1884000 Enescu - OEDIPE, DNO Amsterdam, 15.12.2018, M.Albrecht
George Enescu - OEDIPE
Amsterdam, Dutch National Opera, December 15, 2018
Johan Reuter, Oedipe
Eric Halfvarson, Tirésias
Christopher Purves, Créon
Alan Oke, Schäfer
François Lis, Hohepriester
James Creswell, Phorbas
Ante Jerkunica, Alter Mann
André Morsch, Thésée
Mark Omvlee, Laios
Sophie Koch, Jocaste
Violeta Urmana, La Sphinge (Die Sphinx)
Heidi Stober, Antigone
Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mérope
Valentina Carrasco, Regisseur
Peter van Praet, Licht
Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
Conductor: Marc Albrecht
Netherlands Opera Choir
Directors: Àlex Ollé- Valentina Carrasco
- original production of La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussel 2010 -
Stage design: Alfons Flores
Costumes: Lluc Castells
"A SPECTACULAR MYTHE
George Enescu’s masterpiece Oedipe is already a musical tour de force, but in the hands of director Àlex Ollé it boasts a visual staging that is equally spectacular!
The Greek myth of King Oedipus as told by the tragic poet Sophocles remains as powerful today as when it was originally written. The story of Oedipus, who unwittingly kills his father Laius and marries his mother Jocaste is ultimately a tale about man’s utter vulnerability, the inescapability of fate, and identity and blame.
At Oedipus’ birth the clairvoyant Tirésias foretells that he will murder his father and marry his mother. Though Oedipus attempts to escape the curse on his family and himself, in a terrible sequence of events the prophecy is fulfilled. After making this horrific discovery, King Oedipus wanders in exile for years with his daughter Antigone, wishing himself blind. In George Enescu’s version of the tale, Oedipus finally dies in peace in a sacred grove outside Athens.
ENESCU’S ENGAGING MUSIC
The French opera Oedipe is one of the few theatrical works that tells the entire life story of its title character. The ending of George Enescu’s work is gentler than in other versions of the myth and the music is highly engaging. With snatches of Romanian folk music, Enescu evokes a pastoral mood that contrasts with the ominous sounds of the percussion, symbolising fate.
SPECTACULAR STAGING BY ALEX OLLÉ
This original production of La Monnaie/De Munt, Brussel 2010, was mounted in a spectacular presentation by Alex Ollé of La Fura dels Baus (Faust and Il trovatore). Oedipe is sung by Johan Reuter (Dr Schön in Lulu), and Jocaste by Sophie Koch in her long-awaited DNO debut. Violeta Urmana returns to DNO as La Sphinge (Kundry in Parsifal, Amneris in Aida and Azucena in Il trovatore). The Chorus of the Dutch National Opera also features prominently.
Marc Albrecht, chief conductor at Dutch National Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra | Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, feels a deep resonance with music from the first half of the twentieth century, such as Enescu’s Oedipe. Last season he conducted DNO’s Eine florentinische Tragödie|Gianni Schicchi, Tristan und Isolde and Gurre-Lieder to widespread acclaim.
NETHERLANDS PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA
Along with the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has been the regular orchestra partner of Dutch National Opera since 1985, and is internationally regarded as one of the best opera orchestras. Each season, the two orchestras perform the majority of the opera productions in Dutch National Opera & Ballet. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra gives a varied programme of concerts in the Concertgebouw and also performs at other major concert halls and festivals in the Netherlands and abroad. Marc Albrecht is the principal conductor of the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra|Netherlands Chamber Orchestra and of Dutch National Opera. In recent seasons, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra has had great success with audiences and international press alike, with productions including Gurre-Lieder, Lohengrin, Der Rosenkavalier, Il Trovatore and Hänsel und Gretel. The Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Marc Albrecht, received an Edison for their recording of the DNO production Der Schatzgräber, in December 2014."
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