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Schönberg : Moses und Aron

A profound, powerful and yet unfinished opera, Moses und Aron ends with an admission of defeat : « O Word, thou Word that I lack! », Moses’ last cry, is also the last phrase the composer has been able to set to music. Recounting the story of Moses, who has experienced the immensity of God, and of Aron, who tries to speak of it ; casting doubt, with dodecaphonism, upon the adequacy of tonal and traditional musical language ; Moses und Aron questions the possibility of a True Speech. Following in their wanderings the children of Israel, a stateless people lost in the desert and looking for signs and images, Moses und Aron symbolizes the challenges encountered by a community looking for her own identity, torn between spiritual ideal and material needs. The opera thus reveals, in Romeo Castellucci’s spectacular and poetic staging, a tragic divide between what can and cannot be represented, between God and idols, between endlessness and constriction, between the realm of intuition and the realm of language.

The Paris Opera Chorus and Orchestra who, thanks to his musical director Philippe Jordan’s work, have pierced all the secrets of Schönberg’s audacious score, reveal with grace and accuracy all the emotion contained in this anxious, overwhelming and unforgettable masterpiece.

Press review

« Staggering » – Les Echos

« Philippe Jordan’s enlightened direction, flexible, inventive, powerful, considerate of every single detail and attentive to the musical line, brings “one of the greatest masterpiece of the 20th century” into our reality » – Le Monde

« A profound, visually stunning performance » – Le Figaro

« Castellucci, with his bull and his ink, has managed somehow to make indelible images out of an opera in which images are the greatest evil of all » – The Guardian

« The spectacle […] remains unforgettable. You could quibble with specific ideas in Mr. Castellucci’s work, but the sweep and scale of his vision in this “Moses” is a path to Schönberg’s unforgiving, glorious opera » – The New York Times

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Schönberg : Moses und Aron [DVD & Blu-ray]

Opera in two acts
Music and libretto : Arnold Schönberg

Moses : Thomas Johannes Mayer
Aron : John Graham-Hall
A young girl : Julie Davis
A sick woman : Catherine Wyn-Rogers
A youth : Nicky Spence
A naked youth : Michael Pflumm
A man : Chae Wook Lim
The Ephraimite : Christopher Purves
A priest : Ralf Lukas
Four naked virgins : Julie Davis, Maren Favela, Valentina Kutzarova, Elena Suvorova
Three elders : Shin Jae Kim, Olivier Ayault, Jian-Hong Zhao
Six solo voices : Beatrice Malleret, Isabelle Wnorowska-Pluchart, Marie-Cecile Chevassus, John Bernard, Chae Wook Lim, Julien Joguet

Orchestre et Chœurs de l’Opéra national de Paris
Maitrise des Hauts-de-Seine / Chœur Des Enfants de l’Opéra de Paris
Conducted by : Philippe Jordan

Stage direction, sets, costumes, lighting design : Romeo Castellucci

Chorus master : José Luis Basso
Assistant chorus master : Alessandro Di Stefano

Choreography : Cindy Van Acker
Artistic collaboration : Silvia Costa
Dramaturgy : Piersandra Di Matteo, Christian Longchamp

Technical informations

HD recording : Opéra National de Paris (Opéra Bastille) | 10/2015
TV direction : François-René Martin
Release date : 12 May 2017
Distribution : Naxos Distribution

1 DVD
Reference
: BAC136
Barcode : 3760115301368
Running time : 113 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / KOR / JAP
Image : Color, 16/9, NTSC
Sound : PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region code : 0

1 BLU-RAY
Reference : BAC439
Barcode : 3760115304369
Running time : 113 min.
Booklet : FR / ENG / GER | 24 pages
Subtitles : FR / ENG / GER / SPA / KOR / JAP
Image : Color, 16/9, Full HD
Sound : PCM 2.0, DTS HD Master audio 5.1
Region code : A, B, C

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