Zimmermann Die Soldaten (The Soldiers) DVD

Cat No:
01 - 07 - 2013

Zimmermann Die Soldaten (The Soldiers) DVD

Alfred Muff, Laura Aikin, Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Tomasz Konieczny, Renee Morloc, Gabriela Benackova, Matthias Klink, Reinhard Mayr, Daniel Brenna, Wolfgang Ablinger-Sperrhacke, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Ingo Metzmacher (conductor)

The multimedia music theatre work Die Soldaten by Bernd Alois Zimmermann - based on a text by Sturm and Drang poet Jakob Michael Reinhold Lenz - is the composer's only completed opera. It redefined the conception of opera when it was first staged on 1965 in Cologne and has been called one of the chief works of 20th-century music theatre. This widely praised production, which was the highlight of the Salzburg Festival in 2012, made full use of the width of the Salzburger Felsenreitschule to give room to the enormous dimensions of Zimmermann's monumental work, featuring a massive ensemble of 170 musicians, including the Wiener Philharmoniker, lead by German conductor Ingo Metzmacher. The Latvian Alvis Hermanis directed this rarely staged and tragic story of the downfall of the middle-class girl Marie in an expressive representation and achieved Zimmerman's desired simultaneity skilfully. The top-flight cast consisting of 50 soloists with Alfred Muff as Wesner and Laura Aikin as Marie received raved reviews by critics for their vocal and dramatical performance.

Zimmermann Die Soldaten (The Soldiers)

Running Time: 2 hr 2 min
Picture format: NTSC 16:9
Sound format: PCM Stereo / Dolby Digital 5.0 / DTS 5.0
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Subtitles: English, German, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French

Also available on Blu-ray (2072584)

'Ingo Metzmacher conducts with an affection for the score that is palpable, and the Vienna Philharmonic responds magnificently' (The New York Times)