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Wozzeck's sonorous beauty

Susanna Mälkki conducts Alban Berg

By Antony Desvaux 24 March 2022

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As William Kentridge's staging of Wozzeck enters the Paris Opera repertoire, Octave magazine talks to Susanna Mälkki. The conductor discusses Georg Büchner’s play used by Alban Berg to compose his opera. She explains how Berg characterised the characters by assigning them motifs and musical forms relating to the work's dramaturgical sense. In addition to its rich construction, Susanna Mälkki emphasises the score's sonorous beauty.

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