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Zemlinsky (The Dwarf / Ullmann: The Broken Jug)

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Editorial Reviews

World premiere DVD recordings. These are the first fully-staged productions of the LA Opera's
'Recovered Voices' project, which highlights the works of composers affected by the Holocaust.
Despite the popularity of these operas' source material (The Broken Jug is a famed 19th century
play that was actually first staged by Goethe in 1808), these works from Zemlinsky and Ullmann
remained buried for decades due to the destructive policies of the Nazi regime.

'Full recognition of their works and genius still awaits Alexander Zemlinsky and Viktor Ullmann,
more than sixty-five years after their deaths. Their works, in their very different ways, are powerful, vibrant, life-affirming and tragic in turn. They pulsate with the complexity of the human condition. Their lives and personal histories were tragic, but their music transcends it all. It is for us to appreciate their story in its full historic and artistic context.' James Conlon

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Product Details

  • Actors: Rodrick Dixon, Mary Dunleavy, Susan B. Anthony, James Johnson, Melody Moore
  • Directors: Darko Tresnjak, Placido Domingo, Kenneth Shapiro
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 5.1), German (DTS 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: October 26, 2010
  • Run Time: 122 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040Y7ELU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Corno di Bass Trombono on November 29, 2010
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Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) is an effective opera in a style of late romanticism, and is beautifully sung in this premiere DVD. Those responding to the operas of Franz Schrecker will find much to enjoy here. Its discmate,The Broken Jug by the ill-fated Victor Ullmann makes an effective makeweight, although it fails to hold the interest as the Zemlinsky opera does. The production is most effective, and thankfully undistorted. In these days of idiot director misconceptions we can be most thankful.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By operamarty on July 3, 2011
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I was in the audience for both of these operas and loved The Dwarf - there was complete silence when the curtain fell - no one was even breathing!! This opera was most enjoyable but the ending packs a punch to your head and your gut. Thank goodness we had The Broken Jug afterwards so we could leave the house happier than The Dwarf leaves you - a profound ending. I will add this DVD to my collection and highly recommend The Birds as well. Good productions and excellent performances! Thanks to James Conlon for bringing these operas to us for our enjoyment!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reviewer on January 24, 2013
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Obviously that wasn't his most grievous sin, but it had its consequences, especially for Jewish composers and musicians of Germany and Austria. "Modernism" and particularly atonal/twelve-tonal music were anathema to the Nazis, who regarded Schönberg, Mahler and others as agents of International Jewry in conspiracy against Teutonic purity and heroism. Performances of such works were prohibited as "entartete Musik" and precious scores, manuscripts, editions were destroyed. The purpose of all art, according to Nazi ideology, was to foster patriotic/nationalistic sentiments; all else was decadence.

Alexander Zemlinsky (1871-1942) was "Jewish" by way of a family choice. His father's family was staunchly catholic, but his mother was a Bosnian of Jewish and Muslim heritage. The whole family converted to Judaism before Alexander was born. The young Zemlinsky studied composition with Anton Bruckner and received enthusiastic encouragement from Johannes Brahms. His early career was moderately successful. In the 1890s, Zemlinsky actually taught counterpoint to Arnold Schönberg; in fact, he was Schönberg's only formal instructor in composition. In 1900 Zemlinsky fell in love with Alma Schindler but their engagement was thwarted under pressure from her family. Ms Schindler went on to marry another Jewish composer and to become the "celebrated" Alma Mahler. Zemlinsky's conducting career continued to prosper; he worked in Berlin under Otto Klemperer. In 1933, however, he wisely fled Germany to Vienna, and in 1938, he escaped to the USA. Unlike Schönberg, he attracted little success or support in America, where he died in 1942. His legacy of music has only recently begun to attract attention.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By College Counselor on January 8, 2011
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After I saw "The Dwarf" performed, I had to go back and see it again so I could focus more on the music rather than the surtitles. The staging and costuming are visually rich and the music is hauntingly exquisite; it's a joy to be able to experience it again. The DVD does a good job of capturing the satisfaction of the live performance.
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