|2-disc import. This is a SACD-Hybrid that will play on all SACD and standard CD Players. The SACD portion is in surround sound.
Nono's Prometeo, available on CD in surround sound for the first time ever! The glorious union of a legendary past, a Venetian atmosphere, philosophy, literature and music, merged by Nono into one of the greatest 'Gesamtkunstwerke' of the history of music and art. Technology and music: while there are certainly numerous examples of recordings of various kinds of music, that use surround sound technology simply as an effective gadget, the adequate realization of Prometeo indeed requires more than mere stereophony – simply the material extravagance including four orchestral groups, choir, narrators, singers, instrumental soloists and two conductors makes every performance of Prometeo a very special sound event. And what is of particular importance is the exact distribution of the music, which is made to move through space virtually timelessly, with no beginning and no end, by the application of sophisticated live electronics. But Nono was not content with a perfect performance by all musicians involved "but also expected very specific attitudes to the music from these musicians; things developed by the composer in a lengthy process together with all those who performed in the 1984 première; to some extent individual results and covenants, which had to be understood and passed on over and again ever since, for more than twenty years now." (Lydia Jeschke). This exemplary reference quality recording is the first to succeed in adequately preserving the "reproduction of the comprehensive spatiality" in Prometeo for posterity. The double SACD includes a detailed booklet in German, English and French as well as a graphic score, comprising the complete text and a guide to the work. (2 CDs)
Petra Hoffmann, Monika Bair-Ivenz, soprano; Susanne Otto, Noa Frenkel, alto; Hubert Mayer, tenor; Sigrun Schell, Gregor Dalal, speakers
Monika Wiech, Elisabeth Rave, Svea Schildknecht, soprano; Birgitta Schork, Evelyn Lang, Judith Ritter, altoThomas Gremmelspacher, Klaus Michael von Bibra, Martin Ohm, tenorUli Rausch, Matthias Schadock, Philipp Heizmann, bass
Martin Fahlenbock, flutes; Shizuyo Oka, clarinets; Barbara Maurer, viola; Lucas Fels, violoncello; Mike Svoboda, alto trombone, euphonium, tuba; Ulrich Schneider, contrabass; Christian Dierstein, Klaus Motzet, Jochen Schorer, glasses
Solistenensemble des Philharmonischen Orchesters Freiburg
Solistenensemble des SWR Sinfonieorchesters Baden-Baden und Freiburg
electronic realization: EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO für akustische Kunst e. V., former EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO der Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung des Südwestrundfunks e. V.
Peter Hirsch, 1st conductor, Kwamé Ryan, 2nd conductor