LIGETI, GYORGY Le Grand Macabre. Chris Merritt, Ines Moraleda, Ana Puche, Werner Van Mechelen, Frode Olsen, Barbara Hannigan, Gran Teatre Del Liceu / Michael Boder. Arthaus Musik Blu-Ray

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GYORGY LIGETI

Le Grand Macabre

LIVE RECORDING FROM THE GRAN TEATRE DEL LICEU, BARCELONA, 2011

Staged by La Fura Dels Baus

Piet the Pot Chris Merritt

Amando Inés Moraleda

Amanda Ana Puche

Nekrotzar Werner Van Mechelen

Astradamors Frode Olsen

Venus / Gepopo Barbara Hannigan

Gran Teatre Del Liceu / Michael Boder

Stage Directed by Àlex Ollé, Valentina Carrasco

World Premiere Recording!

Barcelona’s Grand Teatre del Liceu presents György Ligeti’s sole opera “Le grand macabre” in a stunningly imaginative and highly theatrical production by La Fura dels Baus - a production that already claimed enormous success in Brussels, London and Rome and - as the British Independent proclaimed - “only comes along once a decade”.

Ligeti’s (1923-2006) absurd-tragicomical masterpiece of the highest order blends popular theatre, comics, pop art, cabaret, caricature and the Apocalypse with fascinating imaginativeness. The orchestra, for example, is enhanced with “instruments” such as car horns and doorbells. Ligeti himself – one of the great composers of the later 20th century – called his work an “anti-anti-opera.” Premiered in Stockholm in 1978, the work is based on a play by Michel de Ghelderode (1898-1962) and unfolds in an imaginary land inspired by the famous Dutch painter Pieter Brueghel the Elder: Nekrotzar, the Grand Macabre, announces the end of the world; but in a land ruled by eros, alcohol and corruption, his plan to unleash the Apocalypse bursts like a soap bubble. The people continue to lead their lives as before and refuse to be frightened by thoughts of death and a dark future…

Masterfully rendering the colourful score is conductor Michael Boder and the orchestra and chorus of the Liceu. The top-notch cast includes Werner Van Mechelen as Nekrotzar, Chris Merritt as Piet the Pot, Barbara Hannigan as Chief of the secret police, and Brian Asawa as Prince Go-Go.

“The result is splendid […] It is rare that everything fits so well”. El País

“A rousing and compellingly presented, surreal spectacle, simply breathtaking!” Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Special Features: “Fear to Death“ - Making Of Le Grand Macabre & Interview with Michael Boder

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, DD 5.1 (DVD),

PCM Stereo, dts-HD Master

Audio 5.1 (Blu-ray)

Picture Format: 16:9, 1080i

Format: 1 x DVD 5 / DVD 9, NTSC, 25 GB (Single Layer)

Subtitle Languages: GB (Original Language), IT, DE, FR,

ES, Korean, Catalan, JP

Running Time: 122 mins + 42 mins (bonus)

FSK: 12

Region Code: 0 (DVD),

Worldwide (Blu-ray)

Worldwide available excluding Japan

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