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Puccini - Turandot / Gergiev, Schnaut, Tear, Vienna State Opera
Puccini - Turandot / Gergiev, Schnaut, Tear, Vienna State Opera

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Manufacturer: Alliance
Publisher: Alliance
Starring: Wiener Philharmoniker, Valery Gergiev, Gabriele Schnaut, Robert Tear, Paata Burchuladze
Directed By: Brian Large

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Product Description:
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0824121000264
Format: Classical
Item Dimensions: Array
Label: Alliance
Languages: Array
Manufacturer: Alliance
Number Of Discs: 1
Number Of Items: 1
Publisher: Alliance
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2003-08-19
Running Time: 128
Studio: Alliance
Editorial Review:
Turandot has a unique place among Puccini’s works because of its complexity, the intertwining of the exotic and the fairy-tale, of tragedy and comedy. At the heart of the opera is the psychological exploration of the eponymous character which in her ambivalence of enchanting beauty and cruel nature differs from all of Puccini’s earlier heroines. In musical terms Turandot has all the marks of a unique work. Not only did it take longer to complete than the other operas – Puccini did not live to see its completion - but in none of his other works did he show so convincingly his ability to reflect the modern musical trends of his time, without, however, compromising the foundations of the traditional melodrama, to combine advanced styles with his own idiom. The fascinating thing about this opera even today is not primarily the wealth of inspired melodies – the only hit is Calaf’s aria Nessun dorma in the 3rd act – but the clever and imaginative tonality, the subtle instrumentation. Puccini has focussed even more emphatically on the portrayal of the specific ambience than in Madama Butterfly and has captured in a highly suggestive way the exotic atmosphere by using a great variety of compositional means, such as pentatonic melodies and unorthodox structures of movements, strange rhythms and an extraordinarily large percussion section.
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