Friday, November 20, 2009

Fucked Up Moments In Opera #2: Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk

A brief example of why Dimitri Shostakovich is the greatest composer of the 20th century. I don't even think I need to say anything about this. Credit here must go to the wonderful Antonio Pappano and the Royal Opera House Orchestra of Covent Garden for getting this moment to sound so wonderfully graphic. Perhaps the staging lags behind the music in getting every one of these incredible effects to match visually, but it's certainly not a bad shot either.

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