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Music drama in one act. Based on the drama by Oscar Wilde in the German translation by Hedwig Lachmann.

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: German (DTS-HD 5.1), German (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Korean
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2012
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006CAXOMS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,185 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Oh dear. Being an admirer of both Nikolaus Lehnhoff and Angela Denoke, I had very high hopes for this version of Salome. Alas, I find it falls short.

The set is well described in the review by Keris Nine. It is indeed dislocating, and physically indicative of a world going to seed. But, like the interpretation of the role of Salome, it goes too far. A more settled mis-en scene would be better able to allow the events of the drama to be highlighted.

When Oscar Wilde wrote the play, he was infatuated with Bozy, Lord Alfred Douglas-- the relationshio that led to his trial and imprisonment. It is likely that his infatuation (obsession) was worked out in his play which Strauss set to music pretty well unchanged. So, it is a work dealing with obsessions. But one can be obsessed without being deranged. And this is where this production fails.

Salome is the central character. She becomes obsessed with Jakonaan. To take the two best DVD's I have seen: she can be a relative innocent as played by Teresa Stratas in Gotz Friedrich's production, or a strong sexual woman as played by Maria Ewing in Peter Hall's production. In this production, Angela Denoke is overactive, overacting and over-the-top deranged. The reason is made abundantly clear in the Dance when it is obvious that she has been sexually abused by Herod. But that is really not necessary and her dramatised neuroticism is distracting throughout the production. Just contrast Denoke's ungainly hyperkinetic movements with the movements of Stratas or with Ewing's fascinated stillness. It takes away from what Wilde and presumably Strauss wanted. An obsession can take hold in a reasonably normal person and move that person to lengths undreamed of before.
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There's initially a sense of dislocation then when you view director Nikolaus Lehnhoff's 2011 production of Salome for Baden-Baden, as it has few of the superficial visual reference points that you would normally associate with its biblical Judean setting, and little even of the stylised imagery of moonlight nights and shadows of death suggested by a text derived from Oscar Wilde's beautifully decadent overwrought imagery. This version of Salome however is far from a straightforward biblical tale, but rather an expression of dark sexual pathology, of the fulfilment of dangerous desires, of obsession and lust, a lurid study of the power that those perverse drives confer on both the object and the subject of those desires and how it differentiates men and women.

The fractured, slightly titled landscape here in Salome then suggests a psychological imbalance, while the contrasts that are expressed in the music and the characters are reflected in the textures of the walls and floors of the unconventional stage arrangement, with a dark glossy reflective centre-stage surrounded by crumbling plaster, broken tiles and rotting whitewashed wooden panels. It's far from naturalistic, but then there's nothing naturalistic about the situation or Strauss' aggressive music that pushes the boundaries of the tonal system. That dark fascination of this 'Liebestod' situation and conflict is there in the orchestration, the composer scoring directly in response to the flow and the tone of Hedwig Lachmann's German translation of Wilde's drama, and the music is accordingly intense, intimate, perverse and disturbing, but with a romantic sweep that captures the grander epic nature of the lurid melodrama.
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Charming SALOME with DENOKE, even if her voice does not render perfectly all the difficulties of the part.All the other roles are very corrects and the production is judicious without vulgarity.
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