CRISTÓBAL HALFFTER (b.1930): Lázaro.
Catalogue Number: 05K123
Description: Halffter's and Juan Carlos Marset's Lazaro extends the biblical episode of the man raised from the dead and employs it as a lens through which to examine the events surrounding the arrest, death and resurrection of Jesus. Much of the action takes place in Lazarus' dream state, raising issues of dream giving meaning to reality, as death does to life; the question of belief in symbol or reality is the final one raised by the work. Halffter's music is complex and largely atonal, scored for a large orchestra, fully and vividly employed, with soaring, bravura vocal parts for the characters of Lazarus, his two sisters and Judas, who between them present most of the work's argument. The intricate, constantly mobile orchestral texture contrasts strongly with the spare minimalist staging of this production (very much filmed for TV, with multiple camera angles, not as it would appear from the audience), surrounding the action with a fantastical, dreamlike tapestry of sound. Spanish-English printed libretto included. Jörg Sabrowski (baritone), Freidemann Kunder (bass-baritone), Julia Henning (soprano), Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra; Georg Fritzsch. 16:9 widescreen. 5.1 Dolby Digital surround. NTSC region 0. 111 min.