Reves D'Un Marco Polo - Claude Vivier, Asko Ensemble
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The two parts of Rêves d un Marco Polo are like shadow and light, forming a dreamlike ritualistic experience and encompassing stage productions of his finest compositions. Pierre Audi's superb and moving staging is complemented by refined, passionate musical direction from Reinbert de Leeuw, leading the soloists, the Asko Ensemble and the Schönberg Ensemble to great heights. Also included is a spellbinding and insightful documentary on the life and work of Claude Vivier.
Sung in various languages with subtitles in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Dutch.
Musical Director Reinbert de Leeuw
Stage Director Pierre Audi
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Vivier's work fell into obscurity, and it wasn't until the mid 1990s that he was rediscovered. The Amsterdam-based Schoenberg-Asko Ensemble, their conductor Reinbert de Leeuw and the soprano Susan Narucki took up this music and recorded some of it on a must-hear Philips disc. Then, in 2004, de Leeuw collaborated with director Pierre Audi in the Netherlands Opera stagings on this 2-disc set: Vivier's opera "Kopernikus" and a later array of pieces, some of which Vivier linked to the theme of Marco Polo.
For those entirely new to Vivier, Disc 1 of this set includes a documentary on his life and work made in 1996 as part of de Leeuw's "Toonmeesters" series for Dutch television, and this is a good place to start. It opens with the night of his death: Vivier, then living in Paris, had picked up a male prostitute in a bar, but the young man stabbed him to death and ran off with the paltry sum Viver had in his pocket. On the table was the still incomplete score of what would be Vivier's last piece, "Glaubst du an die Unsterblichkeit der Seele?" (Do You Believe in the Immortality of the Soul?).Read more ›
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