Berg: Wozzeck (2-CD) – José van Dam, Met Opera

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Berg: Wozzeck (2-CD) – José van Dam, Met Opera

Composer: Alban Berg
Artists: José van Dam, Anja Silja, Ragnar Ulfung, Richard Cassilly, Dieter Weller, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra & Chorus
Conductor: James Levine
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Metropolitan Opera
CD Release Date: March 19, 2015

Long a champion of Berg’s music, James Levine conducts the composer’s landmark score with unmatched authority and dramatic insight in this remarkable 1980 broadcast. The great José van Dam stars in the haunting title role of the tormented soldier, in his only recording of this opera. Anja Silja once again demonstrates her peerless skills as a singing actress in the role of Marie.

Recorded live on March 8, 1980.



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History

Alban Berg’s Wozzeck

Berg’s landmark work, based on Georg Büchner’s unfinished play, changed the operatic landscape when it premiered in Berlin in 1925. A searing portrayal of an oppressed individual in a hostile society, set to an atonal score, it has remained as relevant and contemporary ever since.

 

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