Coro con alle spalle proiezioni video, dall'opera "Alexander Nevskij"


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Video opera


Vienna (Austria), Konzerthaus, 1989
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Fragments from Ejzenstejn’s movie and footage from a concert performance of Prokofiev’s cantata alternate in an edited video in which they finally intermingle thanks to video processing: the protagonists of the film and those of the performance end up side by side in the same image.

Ejzenstejn and Prokofiev worked closely together to make Alexander Nevsky and the musical score that accompanied it: this video tries to reconstruct their chemistry, creating and reinventing a series of associations between the uninterrupted music and some footage from the movie. The references offered mirror the attempt to combine genres and languages – musical, cinematographic and strictly video-electronic.

2 synched video programmes
2 videoprojectors
2 rear projection screens
2 readers 3/4
a choir
a symphonic orchestra

Production ORF – Österreichischen Rundfunks
Concept Daniele Abbado, Leonardo Sangiorgi, based on images from S. M. Ejzenstejn film and music by S. Prokofiev
Director Daniele Abbado, Leonardo Sangiorgi
Collaboration in filming Luca Scarzella
Orchestra director Claudio Abbado
Orchestra Gustav Mahler Jugendor Chester
Choir Slowakischen Rundfunks
Mezzo-soprano Lucia Valentini Terrani
Music advisor Michele Dall'Ongaro
Project coordinator and executive producer Michela Moro