Blacher 200,000 Taler DVD

Cat No:
01 - 03 - 2014

Blacher 200,000 Taler DVD

Martha Modl (Ettie-Mennie), Gunter Reich (Schimele Soroker), Dorothea Weiss (Bailke), Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, Heinrich Hollreiser (conductor), Gustav Rudolf Sellner (director)

Boris Blacher was one of the most important and most widely performed composers in post-war Germany. In his 1969 opera 200,000 Taler he adapted a short story by famed and popular Jewish author Scholom Aleichem and created a sophisticated milieu study around tailor Schimele Soroker and his family who come into a great fortune by winning the lottery. This 1970 recording of the world premiere production stars the stunning Martha Modl as Soroker's wife and Gunter Reich in the role of the shrewd tailor. Director Gustav Rudolf Sellner leads his fine cast meticulously through the comic and self-ironic material and supports the cliche-less score that Blacher conceived for Aleichem's characters. Heinrich Hollreiser conducts the Orchestra of the Deutsche Oper Berlin with insight and musical mastery.

Blacher 200000 Taler

Running Time: 1 hr 36 min
Picture format: NTSC 4:3
Sound format: PCM Mono
Subtitles: English, German
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
No of discs: 1 (DVD 9)

'Blacher discovers forces and notions that move our century within the naive, unpretentious literary material at hand...Without ever using Jewish melodies this score creates a kind of folklore of a setting that is fully Blacher's own. Here lives a new style.' (Neue Zurcher Zeitung)
'All of the performers found visible pleasure in their rewarding roles and characterised their parts as magnificent personas.' (Baseler Nachrichten)