- Audio CD (September 4, 2001)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Box set
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- Label: EMI Digital
- ASIN: B000005GJC
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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Enesco: Oedipe Box set
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After Oedipe though, this philosophy MUST be suspended. It is, indeed, the most miraculous piece of work I've ever listened. It's been only four or five months since I listened to it for the first time. Ever since, I keep wondering what exactly are the obscure mechanisms that make it ignored by more or less everybody. I think NOTHING can justify this situation. A rather clumsy libretto apart, it is a flawless and fascinating masterpiece, and not even an obscure one. It would probably take a deaf person or a real snob to ignore its blatant musical beauty and originality.
Such situation made me wonder what else I've been ignoring while restricting my interests to the rather established repertoire.
I must ignore the ignominious review beneath, which praises van Dam, disgracing the music.
The performance is wonderful, flawless, orchestra and singers. Van Dam gives here one of his best performances (if not really the greatest). Fassbaender and Lipovsek are in amazingly good vocal shape, rendering hipnotizing effects.
In the meantime, I also acquired the 1964 recording (in Romanian, with Ohanesian), which made me praise the EMI effort even further. Foster version is much more intense and idiomatic (which is weird, i agree).
Try it yourself, that's the only way you'll understand my fascination for this incredible masterpiece.
is! Such a powerful musical drama.
The opening scene for the various choruses, the women of Thebes, the High Priest, the Theban warriors, and the shepherds, is wonderful. Alternating between exotic sounding harps & reeds, to an almost Debussyian/Ravel type of orchestral tonal pallete, and Enesco's handling of text is simply gorgeous, giving all of the characters beautiful (if brief) melodies on which to sing them. Much of the chorus work, like much of the entire opera itself is quiet, ethereal in nature with sudden bursts of enormous sound which just surround you and are all the more effective.
Enesco's musical language throughout Oedipe is wildly chromatic, and modal. Parts of the opera sound ancient and even mysteriously "Greek" in nature, while others recall
Dramatically, I love this work as well, as Enesco's librettist Edmond Fleg, incorporates more of the legend of Oedipus into this story than we usually get, as well as altering much of it. (For instance, the entire final scene)
The first act is serves as prologue, dealing, as it does, with the celebration of the birth of Oedipe, and ending with the horrible prediction of Tirisea, about the future king's fate.
Also, the final Act, serves as epilogue, since Jocasta hangs herself and Oedipe blinds himself in Act III.Read more ›
An unqualified masterpiece that manages to incorporate the essence of the great George Enescu---not only his incredible musical craft and imagination---but the profoundly mystical language of the Rumanian culture, with its unique mix of mid-eastern, Roman and Byzantine influences; and, oh yes, the opera is very FRENCH too, since Enescu spent
much of his career in Paris studying (with Faure), performing and teaching. Incidentally, he was also a great conductor, being a candidate for the NY Phil after Toscanini left AND one of the 20th-century's greatest violin virtuosos.
So why isn't Oedipe honored as one of the 20th-century's greatetst operas? So many reasons, I suppose....all of them unjust, invalid, and regrettable. If the work has ANY chance of ever receiving the recognition it deserves, it will be thanks to this wonderful All-Star recording by Lawrence Foster---thank the Lord for his belief in Oedipe (not to mention his brilliant talent for bringing it to life on the podium!)
Too many incredible things to mention---but here's a few:
The opera is meticulously crafted using about 20 main motifs--many of which are heard in the dark, nightmarish Prelude. The overall PACING and structure of the score is FABULOUS---this is probably the area in which most Opera composers FAIL---yet Enescu's one and only stage work is practically flawless in this respect.
Act 1 contains much music evocative of Grecian antiquity---a culture closely related to that of Rumania. So much of this colorful music seems to "glow" with a feeling of serenity and warmth that pervades the score.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a masterpiece. As such, it is perhaps notable that there are only two available commercial recordings of Enescu's seminal work but fortunately the two recordings are both... Read morePublished on June 12, 2010 by G.D.
Pablo Casals once described Enescu as "the greatest musical phenomenon since Mozart". After listening to Oedipe this does not sound like an overstatement at all. Read morePublished on November 16, 2004 by Robert M.
Episodic and untheatrical in that maddening- unsatisfying way of 20th century opera-- but try to focus on the vocal performances. Read morePublished on February 14, 2001
I echo the previous reviewers in praising this recording to the skies. What great intensity! What great singing! Read morePublished on February 19, 2000 by Arthur Leonard