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Posted by Martin Walker on September 16, 2013, 11:02 am
Paul Corfield Godfrey states that "Of the seven rival versions of Lulu on DVD, all use the Cerha completion." Actually, you may check this statement, as I did, by looking at Amazon.uk. Arthaus has a brilliantly original production by Bechtolf starring Laura Aikin, who is perhaps the most overwhelming Lulu I have ever seen or heard (I taped this off German TV about a decade ago) - I say perhaps because Helga Pilarczyk in Hamburg in the 60s was in some ways incomparable; Anja Silja in Frankfurt was also pretty good. Both of the latter were before the Cerha revision, of course. I must say that musically the completion makes sense, particularly in the last scene - but the long Paris scene (3.1) has failed to make much impression - scenically or musically - on me in the three productions I have seen so far. In the curtailed version one does, of course, miss a lot of the final scene in London and thus the musical coherence of the opera is damaged - but I would recommend trying the Bechtolf production for its unique and rather shocking (as it should be) view of the work.
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