Elektra (LIVE 2011) (2012)

Strauss

De Nederlandse Opera

Marc Albrecht

Electra lives in a no-man’s-land – a region inhabited by no one else. It is for this very reason that she occupies this region with unwavering determination, for only here can she validate the essence of her being: contradiction. She is at one and the same time nobody and more than everyone else; she lives here, but she is in fact also dead. She remains at the place of her youth, but never sets foot in her family home. With all these discrepancies, she is the embodiment of contradiction, in two senses: as contradiction in and of itself and in relation to the outside world, against everything and everyone, everywhere and always. The scene of this contradiction is the threshold, where she continuously dwells and which is not an actual place or, better said, is a non-place, a no-man’s-land. 
The threshold is a point of transition, a boundary between internal and external, before and after. Truly living people cross thresholds, use them to get from here to there. But those who sit at the threshold rebel, obstruct, wish to go no further, refuse. Just like Wozzeck, who with his imploding life could be regarded as Electra’s depressed brother. When his life can go no further, he too sits on the threshold; he refuses to stand, for “... only in the cool grave... would I lie better”.Hugo von Hofmannsthal wrote in a letter: “Whoever wants to live must surpass himself...” Electra cannot surpass herself. She is the very threshold that she cannot cross. She blocks the way for herself and everyone else. 
The threshold is a line, not a real place. In order to become a space, it is extended to the stairway. But the stairway, too, is not a real place. It traces a path, from above to below, from in to out, from one space to another. It is the theatrical setting of Electra’s inner no-man’s-land, the ideal stage for her ubiquitous contradiction. Everyone who wishes to enter her father’s house must go around her. She blocks everyone’s way. She contradicts, she inhibits, she disrupts, she refuses... She is like water that cannot stream, murky, dark, brackish. The stairway could be a way out, but Electra blocks this path – for her sister, for her mother. For years, for decades, Electra has swum against the stream that (via the stairway) tries to get out; she remains sitting in her non-place and cripples all who must live with her. Just as her life plays itself out in a non-place, so is the time in which she lives a non-time. Bitterly, her soul holds the hands of the clock motionless. 

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Netherlands Radio Philharmonic

As one of the flagship orchestras for the Dutch Broadcasting Authority, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic occupies a prominent place in two series at the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Saturday Matinee and the Sunday Morning Concerts as well as the Friday Vredenburg series in Utrecht. All concerts are broadcast live on the Dutch national station, Radio 4 and through the international European Broadcasting Union connection. 
A leading light on the Dutch musical firmament, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra guarantees adventurous symphonic programming, high quality performance and a plethora of concertante opera performances. World premieres and Dutch premieres of works by among others Koechlin, Martin, Franssens, Koolmees, Padding, Francesconi, Janácek, De Raaff, Oetsvolskaja, Vriend and Rijnvos were praised by critics and audience.
 The orchestra’s discography is impressive and includes the complete Mahler Symphonies and orchestral works by Rachmaninoff under the direction of Edo de Waart. Ongoing recording projects include a Bruckner-cycle under the direction of Jaap van Zweden (Exton label) and the complete Shostakovich symphonies led by the British conductor Mark Wigglesworth (Bis label). Wagner’s LohengrinDie Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Parsifal, performed by the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, the Netherlands Radio Choir and vocal soloists under the direction of Jaap van Zweden, were recorded for QuattroLive and Challenge Records and met with great critical acclaim. QuattroLive is the cd label of Radio 4, the Netherlands Broadcasting Music Center, Radio Netherlands Worldwide and the broadcasters NTR, AVRO and TROS. 

Marc Albrecht

Marc Albrecht, chief conductor of De Nederlandse Opera and the Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, is highly regarded for his interpretations of works by Wagner and Richard Strauss, as well as contemporary works. He has been a guest conductor with the Berlin Philharmonic, the Munich Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, the City of Birmingham Orchestra, the Chamber Orchestra of Europe and the orchestras of Rome (Santa Cecilia), Dresden and Lyons. He has led operas including Der fliegende Holländer (Bayreuther Festspiele, 2003-2006), Die Bacchantinnen (Salzburger Festspiele, 2005) and From the House of the Dead (Opéra national de Paris, 2005). From 2001 to 2004 he was principal guest conductor at the Deutsche Oper Berlin, where his engagements included a highly acclaimed performance of Messiaen’s Saint François d’Assise. He was artistic director and chief conductor of the Orchestre Philharmonique de Strasbourg from 2006 to 2011. He also enjoys a close association with the Semperoper Dresden, where he led the productions of Die Frau ohne Schatten and La damnation de Faust in 2007. Recent conducting engagements include The Bassarids (Bayerische Staatsoper München), Der fliegende Holländer (ROH Covent Garden), Der Prinz von Homburg (Theater an der Wien), Lulu with the Wiener Philharmoniker (Salzburg), Elektra, Orest and The Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh and the Maiden Fevronia (DNO) and his debut at La Scala with Die Frau ohne Schatten. 

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Elektra (LIVE 2011) (2012)

Strauss

De Nederlandse Opera

Mastering Engineer: Bastiaan Kuijt - BK Audio
Producer: Sven Arne Teple, Lodewijk Collette
Recording Engineer: Paul Lardenoije, Hans Slotboom
Recording location: Muziek Theater Amsterdam Holland
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Wo bleibt Elektra?
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Allein! Weh, ganz allein
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Elektra!
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Ich kann nicht sitzen und ins Dunkel starren
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Was willst du! Seht doch, dort!
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Ich will nichts horen!
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Ich habe keine guten Nachte
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Wenn das rechte Blutopfer unterm Beile f?llt
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Was bluten muss?
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Lichter!
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Orest! Orest ist tot!
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Platz da!
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Wie stark du bist!
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Nun denn, allein!
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Was willst du, fremder Mensch?
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Wer bist denn du?
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Orest!
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Du wirst es tun? Allein?
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Ich habe ihm das Beil nicht geben konnen!
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He! Lichter! Lichter!
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Helft! Morder!
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Elektra! Schwester!
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Wir sind bei den Gottern
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Schweig?, und tanze
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Applause
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