James Conlon, Orchestra and Chorus of Maggio Musicale Fiorentino - Shostakovich: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk (2009) [Blu-Ray]
BluRay | BDMV | MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23964 kbps / 1080i / 29,970 fps | 169 min | 36,5 Gb
Audio1: Russian / LPCM Audio / 2.0 / 16-bit | Audio2: DTS-HD Master Audio / 7.1 / 48 kHz / 2391 kbps / 24-bit
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1920x1080 / 6215 kbps / 29,970 fps | 169 min | 9,17 Gb
Audio: Russian / DTS / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 16 bits
Classical | Arthaus Musik | Sub: Russian, English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese
At first glance, the title of Shostakovich’s opera seems to speak for itself: Katherina, neglected and unhappy in her marriage, commits the most heinous crime just like the Shakespearian Lady Macbeth. But Nikolai Leskov’s short novel, which portrays Katherina as a monster, was only the starting point for Shostakovich to elicit understanding for an oppressed woman whose pursuit for self-determination is suppressed by society. Through combining satiric, grotesque and tragic elements in his music, Shostakovich succeeds in striking the balance between repulsion at Katherina’s immoral acts and sympathy for her. Violence, eroticism and the paralysing boredom of Russian society in the 19th century are the founding elements of this composition.