Le Grand Macabre (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Le Grand Macabre (Gran Teatre del Liceu)

Director:  Cast: Gyorgy Ligeti

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Release Date: 09/25/2012
UPC: 0807280164398
Original Release: 2011
Source: Arthaus Musik
Region Code: 0
Time: 2:02:00

Special Features

"Fear To Death" Making of Le Grand Macabre; Interview with Michael Boder

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Grand Macabre
1. Chapter 1 [1:49]
2. Chapter 2 [:55]
3. Chapter 3 [1:25]
4. Chapter 4 [2:29]
5. Chapter 5 [3:21]
6. Chapter 6 [2:34]
7. Chapter 7 [2:25]
8. Chapter 8 [2:38]
9. Chapter 9 [2:17]
10. Chapter 10 [2:31]
11. Chapter 11 [2:31]
12. Chapter 12 [:48]
13. Chapter 13 [3:59]
14. Chapter 14 [1:59]
15. Chapter 15 [4:05]
16. Chapter 16 [2:03]
17. Chapter 17 [1:45]
18. Chapter 18 [3:11]
19. Chapter 19 [3:35]
20. Chapter 20 [3:52]
21. Chapter 21 [:00]
Disc #2 -- Grand Macabre
1. Chapter 1 [:41]
2. Chapter 2 [4:10]
3. Chapter 3 [3:04]
4. Chapter 4 [4:26]
5. Chapter 5 [3:00]
6. Chapter 6 [3:20]
7. Chapter 7 [2:37]
8. Chapter 8 [2:25]
9. Chapter 9 [3:59]
10. Chapter 10 [3:17]
11. Chapter 11 [3:39]
12. Chapter 12 [1:53]
13. Chapter 13 [5:23]
14. Chapter 14 [6:06]
15. Chapter 15 [3:47]
16. Chapter 16 [2:35]
17. Chapter 17 [2:48]
18. Chapter 18 [2:29]
19. Chapter 19 [3:24]
20. Chapter 20 [4:25]
21. Chapter 21 [3:46]
22. Chapter 22 [:10]
23. Chapter 23 [:00]

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Le Grand Macabre (Gran Teatre del Liceu) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DanClarino More than 1 year ago
Gyorgy Ligeti wrote his opera "Le Grand Macabre" in 1977 and revised it in 1996. It is based on the play of the same name by Belgian playwright Michel de Ghelderode. Essentially the title is also the main character - a "grim reaper" whose real name is Nekrotzar ('czar of the dead') figure who enters the town of Breughelland during its apocalyptic last hours - or so his grim announcement goes. As the narrative progresses, we see figures from the town who represent various forms of human debauchery; almost a complete roster of the "Seven Deadly Sins" Various characters illustrate drunkenness, sexual excess, greed, abuse of power and so forth. The catch is we see - in what the playwright considered a satire - that the merchant of death may be deluding and fooling himself while mankind goes on (as is revealed very near the end.) In the opera, and in this performance, the roles that seem the most well sketched - nearly caricature - are a self absorbed but weak king, the town drunk and a lustful couple (in this case portrayed by two women....) Musically this is said to be a turning point for Ligeti whose music I do admire but it is still angular, mostly atonal and complex; although not "difficult" to listen to. This video production from the 2011 Liceu production is visually intriguing but I must offer a caution: This is certainly not going to please everyone. The first and second acts both begin with video of an uncredited female actress exhibiting some pretty slovenly behaviour and apparently getting violently ill. The actress submits herself and her body (dressed down to her underwear) in very unflattering fashion. Kudos to her for the courage to act degraded. The staging by Alex Olle ("La Fura dels Baus") is wildly creative and shocking - the focal point of the stage is taken up by a gigantic nude female figure that closely resembles the actress in the video by Franc Aleu. Onto the giant body - that rotates at key points in the narrative - are carefully and artfully projected film footages of starry nights, visions of hell, skeletons and skulls, even sexual foreplay at one point. What the giant figure represents is not clear except possibly a larger than life canvas onto which can be shown apocalyptic visions and symbolism of debauchery but the most controversial and potentially offensive moments are the actors/singers climbing on her, entering and leaving stage through her mouth, her eyes, her anus and her vagina. Her entire backside is removed at one point and some secret police remove her entrails so that her body cavity can now be a scene' a bar at one point. It is actually visually stunning at some points as lights shine upward through the giant eyes while visions of a form of Purgatory are projected onto the body but all of this is bound to shock and offend some viewers (Make no mistake, this is visually and - occasionally, textually - an 'R' rated opera). The performances really are good, most notably Brian Asawa as Prince Go-Go and Barbara Hannigan who must perform the most difficult of soprano gymnastics in a dual role. Adventuresome viewers who do not get offended easily as well as fans of Ligeti who appreciate his role in modern music will admire the amount of work and talent went into this. Everyone else ..... be advised. (There is a very fine Sony audio recording of the opera with Esa-Pekka Salonen that I much admire and gives a very good "view" of the work i