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ANTIKRIST (Langgaard) Berlin 2023 Thomas Lehman, Jonas Grundner-Culemann, Valeriia Savinskaia



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  • Published by: Naxos  
  • Date Published: 2023  
  • Format: DVD
  • Quality Video: 4 Audio:4
  • Subtitles: nosubs  
  • This Recording is NOT AVAILABLE from a proper commercial or public source
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The performances of ANTIKRIST on 10 and 12 February 2023 will be recorded. A DVD / Blu ray of this production will be produced as a collaboration between Naxos and Deutsche Oper Berlin.

Quote from Deutsche Oper:
The Antichrist enters a godless world. Summoned by Lucifer himself he reveals himself in many forms: through arrogance, discontent, lust, deceit and hatred, humanity is tested and tempted in the “battle of all against all”. Yet the voice of God ultimately puts an end to the Antichrist: “Hephata!” / “Open yourself!” – the world seems cleansed.

Rued Langgaard’s “church opera”, composed in the early 1920s and fundamentally revised until 1930, is a monolith of the composer’s works, which has no dearth of exciting and unusual pieces. Based on the Revelation to John he drafts an eschatologically defined mystery play that cannot conceal the zeitgeist of the fin de siècle. His highly symbolic text rife with associations can thus be read with the appropriate historical pessimism. Yet the dazzling music – shaped by the late Romantic, great orchestral sounds, yet always falling in on itself, and from which prosaic and austere details emerge – brings hope into the dark world. The artistic maverick Langgaard found in this a personal style reminiscent of Strauss and Wagner without neglecting his contemporaries Hindemith and Schönberg.

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