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Alban Berg: Wozzeck
By Anne Schwanewilms, Gordon Gietz, Houston Symphony, Karen Reeves, Marc Molomot, Members of the Houston Grand Opera Children's Chorus, Nathan Berg &, Roman Trekel, Shepherd School of Music, soloists, Students and Alumni of Rice University, and Hans Graf. By Alban Berg (1885-1935). Classical. CD (2 discs). Published by Naxos (NX.8660390-91).
Item Number: NX.8660390-91
Based on real events and playwright Georg BÃ¼chner's starkly vehement text, Alban Berg's tragic opera Wozzeck is an epoch-making work, in stark contrast to the previous high romantic ideals of the genre, that led Schoenberg to exclaim "now that's what I call an opera!" Immensely powerful and heartbreakingly moving as a drama, Wozzeck explores the victimisation, despair and madness of a central character who has no place in society, its deeply humane message and sublimely innovative score firmly establishing it as a 20th-century masterpiece.