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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post

    The Rene Jacobs Don Giovanni (I just watched the La Scala production with Allen, Guberova and Araiza and I was thoroughly displeased) with Weisser, Pendatschanska and Byström
    Oh dear, another intriguing DG.

    I concur with your feelings about the La Scala version, it's deadly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Oh dear, another intriguing DG.

    I concur with your feelings about the La Scala version, it's deadly.
    I had thought that it would be rather good, with singers like Gruberova and Araiza, and sure, the singing was good, but WHAT, what, what where they thinking with the virtually lighting-less stage (sure, it was taped for TV over 20 years ago, but still), boring costumes, bland sets, and even blander acting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    I had thought that it would be rather good, with singers like Gruberova and Araiza, and sure, the singing was good, but WHAT, what, what where they thinking with the virtually lighting-less stage (sure, it was taped for TV over 20 years ago, but still), boring costumes, bland sets, and even blander acting?
    That's a general problem with a lot of the La Scala productions of this period. My guess is that the lighting engineers were having one of those famous Italian strikes and they were making do with a couple of dudes with flashlights.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    That's a general problem with a lot of the La Scala productions of this period. My guess is that the lighting engineers were having one of those famous Italian strikes and they were making do with a couple of dudes with flashlights.
    I know. It's one of the reasons why I haven't watched more of that La Scala box. Even the Pergolesi comedy (Lo frate 'nnamorato), although very brightly lit, I find difficult to watch. But, it is to be said that there are other factors there as well, like the set and the costumes being just about the same colour, and the strange feeling of pedophilia.

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    I purchased the 2CD digibook deluxe Sacrificium some time ago and finally decided I needed the companion widescreen DVD........

    Bartoli has greatly improved her da capo technique from her original Vivaldi release 10+ years ago, and the recital is very tastefully shot on location at a palace outside of Naples, look at this elegant twilight setting in gardens of palace, bravo


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    All right, all right, I bought the Opolais Rusalka and the Gergiev Les Troyens.

    Last edited by Almaviva; Jul-04-2011 at 17:11.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mamascarlatti View Post
    Oh dear, another intriguing DG.
    Yep. I have the Jacobs Don Giovanni CD version with a similar but not identical cast as the DVD. Damn it, I will just have to double up on two versions of the same work under the one conductor, but with slightly different casts, CD and DVD. Beat that!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    All right, all right, I bought the Opolais Rusalka and the Gergiev Les Troyens.

    I must be seeing things.............isn't that the "star wars" version we have all been making fun of here for last couple months?

    As for Rusalka, seeing photo of Miss Opolais in a fish tank has broken down all resistance from Alma

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarkAngel View Post
    I must be seeing things.............isn't that the "star wars" version we have all been making fun of here for last couple months?

    As for Rusalka, seeing photo of Miss Opolais in a fish tank has broken down all resistance from Alma
    Things get magnified in water, you know ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aksel View Post
    Things get magnified in water, you know ...
    I've seen her non-magnified "assets" on YouTube, I don't think that the water is the main factor here.

    @DA - Yes, the very same Star Wars thingie. But like I had said to Natalie before, I can't just not buy a controversial version of one of my very favorite operas, I *must* see it to form an opinion, even though chances are that the opinion will be negative. It arrives today, by the way. I may watch it right away because by now I'm quite curious.

    Of course, I'm even more curious about Ms. Opolais' boo... cough, cough, I mean, vocal assets, but this one is coming from the UK and will take a while to get here.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    I've seen her non-magnified "assets" on YouTube, I don't think that the water is the main factor here.
    If anything, water tends to be responsible for shrinkage (not that I speak from personal experience).

    Quote Originally Posted by Almaviva View Post
    @DA - Yes, the very same Star Wars thingie. But like I had said to Natalie before, I can't just not buy a controversial version of one of my very favorite operas, I *must* see it to form an opinion, even though chances are that the opinion will be negative. It arrives today, by the way. I may watch it right away because by now I'm quite curious.
    The Fura dels Baus company under director Carlus Padrissa has done some remarkable work. Their Valencia Ring cycle was visually spectacular, even if the musical values weren't top drawer. It's clear from the Amazon clips that their take on Les Troyens is similarly off the beaten path, but maybe you'll find something to enjoy in their unusual approach. Not sure when I'll get around to seeing this DVD myself, so I'll be interested to hear what you think.

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    Recently picked out a couple of additional DVDs to join my La Bohème disc in my 'DVDs other than Wagner Operas' pile:

    The Levine/MET Aïda DVD... and

    The Gergiev/MET Blu-ray Eugene Onegin.

    I know the latter has a production that been often criticized (probably rightly), but as a Wagner enthusiast, I've (perhaps involuntarily) built up a little resistance to that sort of thing.

    Now, I gotta find some time to move them off the "Un-Watched Pile."
    Last edited by Chi_townPhilly; Jan-09-2012 at 11:52. Reason: minor correction
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    Just managed to get my hands on a couple of Jonas Kaufmann DVDs -his Werther and Lohengrin. Just been watching bits of the Werther and it looks a little slow and dreamy (maybe that was the intention). I am used to the Garanca and Alvarez DVD which i like very much -the singing is super and i like the updating. The new one might need a long evening.

    Lohengrin i always find difficult. To be honest it is an opera i still don't have my head around. I have a few versions the Peter Konwitschny's classroom production with John Treleaven and the Kent Nagano conducted DVD with Klaus Florian Vogt. I must say i prefer the latter so far,Nikolaus Lehnhoff's production seems pretty timeless.

    The new one ...well i only spent half an hour watching but i was quite impressed. Kaufmann is a better Lohengrin than Treleaven. I am not sure that this is 'the one'....maybe need to wait for a new release!

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    What did you think of the new Met Aida DVD Ch-Townphilly? I could not get over the 3 (2+1) rather large and wooden leads!!! And its a shame, maybe it is not Size but the production that is at fault. urmana is terrific in the Macbeth DVD produced by Dmitri Tcherniakov. Maybe not the best Lady Macbeth of all time but she plays the part brilliantly. Whereas in the Met Aida she looks like one of those childrens toys-weebles. She could have been wheeled on and off and we would not have noticed! One for the back of the shelf i think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chi_townPhilly View Post
    The Levine/MET Aïda DVD...
    Quote Originally Posted by Yashin View Post
    What did you think of the new Met Aida DVD Chi_townPhilly?
    Don't know. The new one's conducted by Daniele Gatti.
    I got the one that dates from c. 20 years back, conducted by Levine.

    My UnWatched pile just got a LOT bigger, with the arrival of the 21-DVD set
    "James Levine- Celebrating 40 Years at the MET."
    I suppose this was priced somewhere in the neighborhood of reasonable because they're
    standard definition- and the market is rotating over to blu-ray... but now I have DVDs of---
    Strauss- Der Rosenkavalier
    Smetana- The Bartered Bride
    Mozart- The Marriage of Figaro
    Puccini- Il Trittico
    Strauss- Ariadne auf Naxos
    Weill- Rise and Fall of the City of Mahoganny
    Verdi- Don Carlo
    Berg- Wozzeck
    Corigliano- The Ghosts of Versailles
    Strauss- Elektra
    Berg- Lulu.

    I think I made a nice score.
    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge. Shakespeare- Sonnet 95

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