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Berg: Lulu / Stratas, Minton, Schwarz, Mazura, Riegel, Blankenheim, Tear, Pampuch, Boulez
Alban Berg, Pierre Boulez, Teresa Stratas
Berg: Lulu / Stratas, Minton, Schwarz, Mazura, Riegel, Blankenheim, Tear, Pampuch, Boulez
Genre: Classical
 
  •  Track Listings (12) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (10) - Disc #2
  •  Track Listings (14) - Disc #3

One of the bewitchments of this performance is that Pierre Boulez leaves unreconciled the two conflicting tendencies of Berg's music--on the one hand, grand Romantic opera; on the other, dodecaphony. Their clash is the hin...  more »

      
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One of the bewitchments of this performance is that Pierre Boulez leaves unreconciled the two conflicting tendencies of Berg's music--on the one hand, grand Romantic opera; on the other, dodecaphony. Their clash is the hinge of Berg's exhilarating composition, and, once perceived correctly, it's a drama of almost unbearable intensity. The dense instrumental texture is brought out in stunning detail. Yes, Teresa Stratas is occasionally unsteady in the title role; but this is the King Lear of opera roles: probably unperformable and altogether unforgettable. --Joshua Cody

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Marvelous
11/13/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)

"There's really no use in trying to review this album; just imagine every glowing superlative you can and it would apply. I never thought it possible to fall in love with serial music, but "Lulu" made me do just that. Berg really can write twelve-tone music that soars, and the cast that delivers his completed masterpiece on this recording can't be beat. Each and every one of them is an accomplished vocal actor (thanks in part to having all participated in the premiere of the three-act version in Paris in the late 1970's). The recorded sound is incandescent; this is one of the most marvelous studio opera recordings ever."
UNREAL
paul best | new orleans | 07/14/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you look at all my reviews , many are quite long-winded. I always have alot to say on things most important in my life.
But here I have only one word to comment on the music and the performance.
UNREAL
there thats my review. Sure I know that is not helpful in any way, and please give me a vote of "NO".
I should mention that Berg did not complete the opera but left extensive notes so that Friedrich Cercha completed it. Boulez mentions that a scholar named adorono felt satified with Cercha's work, and Boulez agrees.
but I'm not so sure. The first 2 cds are clearly from the hand of berg, from the opening of the 3rd cd, immediately I/you notice that there is a drastic change in compositional quality. Its the best Cercha could do, and its good work. Just not near on the level as Berg's completed first 2 cds of music.
Paul
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Excellent achievement
Vladimir | Valencia, Spain | 08/30/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I discovered Alban Berg's opera "Lulu" it changed my life. It was a recording from the year 1965. The orchestra was conducted by Karl Böhm being Lulu the great Evelyn Lear. (That was a DG recording like this) Though Böhm's orchestra was not, precisely, inspired, Lulu's character depicted by Evelyn Lear became a myth for me. I had read before the plays "Erdgeist" and "Die Büchse der Pandora" by Wedekind on which Berg's opera is based, and always loved the complex character of Lulu beautifully depicted by Evelyn.
Teresa Stratas is very irregular in the role. Her screams are maybe better than that of Evelyn, but she seems uncomfortable with the role, apart from the lack of entonation and strength. Boulez' orchestra is wonderful but sometimes one miss the fact of bringing the main voices to the first plane.
From my humble point of view I think that this recording is an excellent one but I prefer Böhm/Lear/Fischer-Dieskau//Deutschen Oper Berlin (in DG). The listener has to take into account that the third act completed by Friedrich Cerha is not present in that recording. If the listener wishes the complete opera, Boulez/Stratas/... is then the reference."