Puccini: Turandot – Riccardo Chailly

Nina Stemme, Maria Agresta, Aleksandrs Antonenko, La Scala Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly

Format: 1 DVD Video
Release date: 17/1/2017
Barcode: 0044007439371 Catégories : ,


   in Opera Now (Mar, 2017)
Another soprano encased in her frock is Nina Stemme in the title role of Puccini’s Turandot at La Scala. In this case, her costume is a black carapace, enclosing and shielding her from the world she dominates. Nikolaus Lehnhoff’s production emphasises the mysterious Peking into which Calaf stumbles, the chorus masked, the backdrop austere, no clues available. So the emphasis is on Turandot’s psychology as she interacts with Calaf and Liù, and Stemme makes a great impression as she uses not just her face but her whole body to display her shifting and emotions. Her voice is stentorian, generally thrilling, though the top C doesn’t quite have the laser-like quality one …
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   in Classical Music (Apr, 2017)
The second film to appear of the Berio completion (it easily supersedes the Gergiev DVD on Arthaus), this issue encouragingly signals the start of a complete La Scala cycle for Decca. Chailly and Lehnhoff share a very dark view of the work indeed, a brutal world in which Stemme’s steely princess fits in perfectly. She owns the part, and is in glorious voice throughout: Antonenko is a ringing Calaf, very impressive especially as the work progresses, while Agresta is a deeply affecting Liù. Chailly seems to grasp every note of the score with his entire body: his is one of the most intense interpretations recorded on any medium. Stunning sound and …
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