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The Metamorphoses Of Dionysus

The Metamorphoses Of Dionysus

Opera in two acts, Chamber version by Henning Schmiedt


  • Édition: 2 CDs
  • Année: 2006
  • N° Réf.: INT 34002
24,50 €  *
TVA incl. Weight: 0.12 kg

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"The Metamorphoses of Dionysus", Mikis Theodorakis’s first opera,
from 1985 — it was followed in 1990 by "Medea", in 1993 by "Elektra", in 1996 by "Antigone", and in 2001 by "Lysistrata" — is based on a free variation and an individual reading of Greek history. It is at once a parable of the excesses and suggestive effects of power, but also of the relationship between art and politics.

It centers around the suicide of the civil servant and poet Kostas Karyotakis, whose poems Theodorakis set for the opera. The libretto, by Theodorakis himself, incorporates various texts by Karyotakis and two fragments from the poem "The Good People" by Kostas Varnalis (1884–1974).

The opera begins and ends with the suicide of the poet Kostas Karyotakis, whose poems are presented as arias in the opera, running through the entire work. They are framed with texts by Theodorakis, producing a collage of verses of poetry and his own texts, of melodic and grotesque passages, that becomes the opera’s essential structuring feature: the contrast between the arias, the set “tragic” poems by Karyotakis, and the musical farces, the music to Theodorakis’s “sarcastic” texts.


Przemyslaw Neumann: bariton (Poet) / Beata Kosko-Kreft: alto (Romiosini) / Johanna Sperska: soprano (Phaedra) / Marcin Tlalka: bass (Dionysus) / Kostas Dinos: tenor (Journalist) / Jakub Jarmula: tenor (Punentes) / Jocelyn B. Smith: soprano (Queen) / Marcin Tomczak: tenor (King Otto) / Hagen Matzeit: bariton (Officer) / Grzegorz Zieba: tenor (King Paul) / Marek Wieclawek: tenor (Angel) / Henning Schmiedt: piano / Volker Schlott: soprano saxophone, flute / Orchestra di Musica Difficile, Gdansk / Chor Concentus / Marcin Tomczak: chorus master / Mikis Theodorakis: conductor
Détails
Contenu du texte: Act One (CD 1):
Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
Scene 6
Scene 7
Scene 8
Scene 9

Act Two (CD 2):
Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
Scene 6
Scene 7
Scene 8
Scene 9
Scene 10
Scene 11
Scene 12
Durée de la performance: 106'27"
Maison d'édition: Intuition
UPC: 750447340022

"The Metamorphoses of Dionysus", Mikis Theodorakis’s first opera,
from 1985 — it was followed in 1990 by "Medea", in 1993 by "Elektra", in 1996 by "Antigone", and in 2001 by "Lysistrata" — is based on a free variation and an individual reading of Greek history. It is at once a parable of the excesses and suggestive effects of power, but also of the relationship between art and politics.

It centers around the suicide of the civil servant and poet Kostas Karyotakis, whose poems Theodorakis set for the opera. The libretto, by Theodorakis himself, incorporates various texts by Karyotakis and two fragments from the poem "The Good People" by Kostas Varnalis (1884–1974).

The opera begins and ends with the suicide of the poet Kostas Karyotakis, whose poems are presented as arias in the opera, running through the entire work. They are framed with texts by Theodorakis, producing a collage of verses of poetry and his own texts, of melodic and grotesque passages, that becomes the opera’s essential structuring feature: the contrast between the arias, the set “tragic” poems by Karyotakis, and the musical farces, the music to Theodorakis’s “sarcastic” texts.


Przemyslaw Neumann: bariton (Poet) / Beata Kosko-Kreft: alto (Romiosini) / Johanna Sperska: soprano (Phaedra) / Marcin Tlalka: bass (Dionysus) / Kostas Dinos: tenor (Journalist) / Jakub Jarmula: tenor (Punentes) / Jocelyn B. Smith: soprano (Queen) / Marcin Tomczak: tenor (King Otto) / Hagen Matzeit: bariton (Officer) / Grzegorz Zieba: tenor (King Paul) / Marek Wieclawek: tenor (Angel) / Henning Schmiedt: piano / Volker Schlott: soprano saxophone, flute / Orchestra di Musica Difficile, Gdansk / Chor Concentus / Marcin Tomczak: chorus master / Mikis Theodorakis: conductor
Contenu du texte: Act One (CD 1):
Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
Scene 6
Scene 7
Scene 8
Scene 9

Act Two (CD 2):
Scene 1
Scene 2
Scene 3
Scene 4
Scene 5
Scene 6
Scene 7
Scene 8
Scene 9
Scene 10
Scene 11
Scene 12
Durée de la performance: 106'27"
Maison d'édition: Intuition
UPC: 750447340022
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