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Messiah : oratorio in three parts, HWV 56, 1742

Author: Charles JennensMartin PöllmannSusan GrittonCornelia HorakBejun MehtaAll authors
Publisher: Berlin : Cmajor ; [Munich] : Unitel Classica, ©2010.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Central to the plot is the story of three men, perhaps three brothers, and the family entanglements bound up with their wives and children. One of the men commits suicide, after which the action onstage follows the attempts of the survivors to come to terms with what has happened. The burial is a fixed point and is followed by the events that led up to it and then by the question: "What comes next?" This approach  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Oratorios
Drama
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Charles Jennens; Martin Pöllmann; Susan Gritton; Cornelia Horak; Bejun Mehta; Richard Croft; Florian Boesch; Jean-Christophe Spinosi; Paul Lorenger; Nadia Kichler; Claus Guth; Christian Schmidt; Jürgen Hoffmann; Konrad Kuhn; Ramses Sigl; Hannes Rossacher; George Frideric Handel; Arnold-Schönberg-Chor.; Ensemble Matheus.; Unitel Classica (Firm); C Major Entertainment GmbH.
OCLC Number: 680744115
Language Note: Sung in English; optional subtitles in English, German, French or Spanish.
Notes: Program notes and synopsis in English, German, and French in container.
Credits: Stage director, Claus Guth; stage and costume design, Christian Schmidt; lighting design, Jürgen Hoffmann; dramatic advisor, Konrad Kuhn; choreography, Ramses Sigl; video director, Hannes Rossacher.
Performer(s): Martin Pöllmann, boy soprano ; Susan Gritton, Cornelia Horak, sopranos ; Bejun Mehta, alto ; Richard Croft, tenor ; Florian Boesch, bass ; Arnold Schoenberg Chor ; Ensemble Matheus ; Jean-Christophe Spinosi, conductor ; Paul Lorenger, dancer ; Nadia Kichler, sign language performer.
Event notes: Recorded in performance Mar. 3-4, 2009, Theater an der Wien.
Description: 1 videodisc (154 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Details: DVD-9; soundtracks in DTS 5.0, PCM stereo; aspect ratio 16:9.
Responsibility: George Frideric Handel ; text by Charles Jennens, based on the Bible ; staged version by Claus Guth, Konrad Kuhn and Christian Schmidt ; from the Theater an der Wien.

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"Central to the plot is the story of three men, perhaps three brothers, and the family entanglements bound up with their wives and children. One of the men commits suicide, after which the action onstage follows the attempts of the survivors to come to terms with what has happened. The burial is a fixed point and is followed by the events that led up to it and then by the question: "What comes next?" This approach gives concrete expression to a recurrent theme in Messiah: the category of human doubt. The abstract, philosophical layer of the score, the voice of God and the inner voices of the characters are taken by the chorus, which is choreographically involved in the action, as is the aforementioned dancer, who embodies not only the sufferings of Christ but also the life of the suicide victim after he has killed himself. Mention should also be made of a figure described as a "sign language performer", who accompanies the orchestral introduction, for example."--Booklet.

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