Hector Berlioz: Les Troyens
Monumental operas deserve epochal stagings. And Les Troyens by Hector Berlioz is just such a work. This grand opera, complete with ballets, large choruses and orchestral set pieces, is given the full treatment by famous Catalan theatre group La Fura dels Baus. Recorded at Valencia's Palau de les Arts under the baton of the great Valery Gergiev, this co-production with St. Petersburg's Mariinski Theatre and Warsaw's Wielki Theatre is "such a feast for the eyes, a veritable orgy of optical opulence" that displays "this artist group's sheer inexhaustible fund of imagination and creativeness" (Das Opernglas).