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Glass

Magazine article Gramophone

Glass

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Glass [DVD]

Spuren der Verirrten (The Lost) Soloists and Choruses of the Landestheater Linz; Bruckner Orchestra, Linz / Dennis Russell Davies Stage director David Pountney Video director Felix Breisach Orange Mountain Music [B] (2) OMM0097; [F] [DVD] DVDOMM5008 (165' * DDD * NTSC * 4:3 * 0 * s) Recorded live, April 12, 2013 Bonus feature: Making of The Lost

It isn't every day that an opera house opens its doors for the first time. Hardly surprising, then, that the impressive new Landestheater Linz should aim high for its opening event in April 2013 by commissioning a new opera by Philip Glass, and assembling for this purpose a stellar creative team that included Rainer Mennicken (libretto), David Pountney (stage direction) and Amir Hosseinpour (choreography) alongside conductor Dennis Russell Davies and the Bruckner Orchester Linz. The result, a large-scale three-act opera, is captured here on both disc and DVD. Based on a play by Peter Handke, The Lost is an ambitious attempt to synthesise old and new by combining music, drama, dance and ballet with more recent multimedia forms, such as video and film on a grand scale.

The result is a kind of postmodern Gesamtkunstwerk. The plot (such as it is) includes a narrator who emerges from the auditorium at the beginning of the opera and whose role only becomes clear at the end, a Jerry Springer-style talk show fracas acted out onstage and projected on to a large video wall, world war and its post-apocalyptic consequence, a naked dancer, a number of biblical, mythological and fictional characters, and a large cast of children, actors and extras who drift in and out of the action at various times. …

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