Cotillard, Marion : Honegger: Jeanne D'Arc Au Bucher

Arthur Honegger: Jeanne D'Arc Au Bucher DVD

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Jeanne dArc au B?cher, written by Swiss composer Arthur Honegger in 1938, is a fascinating oratorio. The text by Paul Claudel is constructed like a flashback, in which Joan looks back over her life just before she dies. The last moments of the martyrs life, illustrated by the evocative and innovative music of Honegger, resound like a heartrending cry. With a cast of performers that can be considered nothing short of exceptional, headlined by the sincerity and intensity the renowned French actress Marion Cotillard brings to the part of Joan, this live recording offers the opportunity to be gripped anew by of one of the masterpieces of 20th c. music. This role is one of the most exciting acting experiences I have ever had. (Marion Cotillard)
Review of New York Philharmonic's live performance of C?me de Bellescize production
""During a transfixing moment of the New York Philharmonic's starkly dramatic staged performance of Honegger's great French oratorio ""Joan of Arc at the Stake"" on Wednesday night, the superb actress Marion Cotillard, as Joan, a spoken role, stepped haltingly across a walkway extending past the orchestra into the auditorium. At first she looked dazed and distracted. Was Joan absorbed with spiritual reverie? Hearing heavenly voices again? Or out of her mind? It seemed eerily unclear...The cast could not have been better...The production makes a strong case for this 80-minute oratorio's power as a staged drama.""
--Tony Tommasini, Nytimes.com, June 12, 2015
""Whomever pointed the French actress Marion Cotillard in the direction of this work should be both congratulated and thanked...The performance on this DVD is also available on CD and is presented by Alpha Productions 20th Century and documents the concert of 17 November 2012 in Barcelona. It is presented solely as an oratorio and makes a very strong case for this short but substantial work with its transcendent blend of musical and dramatic styles.""
--Patrick Mack, Parterre Box, June 2015
""What's required is a performer who's dramatically convincing enough to bump up against everything that's going on in the music, and this the work receives here in the performance by French actress Marion Cotillard. She puts across the uncanny sense of how Joan lives entirely in her own world, and her beautifully oracular statements will be understood directly even by listeners whose French is of the high-school variety. The mostly Spanish singers are uniformly strong, and the merged Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra under Marc Soustrot achieve transparency in a complex score, clearly rendered in Medici TV's live recording. A fine, fresh version of a 20th-century classic."" --James Manheim, AllMusic, June 2015
""Whomever pointed the French actress Marion Cotillard in the direction of this work should be both congratulated and thanked...The performance on this DVD is also available on CD and is presented by Alpha Productions 20th Century and documents the concert of 17 November 2012 in Barcelona. It is presented solely as an oratorio and makes a very strong case for this short but substantial work with its transcendent blend of musical and dramatic styles.""
- Patrick Mack, Parterre Box
""What's required is a performer who's dramatically convincing enough to bump up against everything that's going on in the music, and this the work receives here in the performance by French actress Marion Cotillard. She puts across the uncanny sense of how Joan lives entirely in her own world, and her beautifully oracular statements will be understood directly even by listeners whose French is of the high-school variety. The mostly Spanish singers are uniformly strong, and the merged Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra under Marc Soustrot achieve transparency in a complex score, clearly rendered in Medici TV's live recording. A fine, fresh version of a 20th-century classic.""
--James Manheim
""...There's not a bit of staging here, but Cotillard manages to enact the entire arc of the story without a costume, props, or even gestures. She carries the whole show with her face, and the video director is happy to keep our focus right there...""
""...The music is executed at a high level..."" --William R. Braun, Opera News Critic's Choice, December 2015

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