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    I thought that this must have come up before so used the search function to try and find the appropriate thread but there appears to be no such thread about great version of Don Giovanni. The title is fairly self-explanatory however I will provide the caveat that I'm only interested in Blue-Ray/DVD versions and only ones that have decent audio and video quality.

    Thanks in advance.

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    First choice is Joseph Losey's film:

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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFuller View Post
    First choice is Joseph Losey's film:
    It seems a lot of people on Amazon complain about the sound quality. Have you had any issues? I feel the people likely to complain on Amazon about the sound quality might be the same people who have million dollar sound systems and this slightly lower sound quality doesn't affect people who non-million dollar speakers.

    Thanks for the recommendation though!
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    DVD performances that have been recommended to me on this forum include Mackerras, Levine, and Furtwangler (I'm guessing sound quality is not the best on that last one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BachIsBest View Post
    I thought that this must have come up before so used the search function to try and find the appropriate thread but there appears to be no such thread about great version of Don Giovanni. The title is fairly self-explanatory however I will provide the caveat that I'm only interested in Blue-Ray/DVD versions and only ones that have decent audio and video quality.

    Thanks in advance.
    I was not pleased with either the sound or picture quality on Losey’s DG. It’s a film, and not a filmed recording of a live opera. I didn’t enjoy the Furtwangler video at all, apart from the occasional shots of the conductor’s eyes and demeanour.

    It’s over five years since I explored this area so there will surely be new things that I haven’t seen. I very much enjoyed Peter Brook’s production conducted by Daniel Harding. I also was impressed by Calixto Bieito’s production conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

    It’s a great shame that there’s no Ponnelle production on record record.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I was not pleased with either the sound or picture quality on Losey’s DG. It’s a film, and not a filmed recording of a live opera. I didn’t enjoy the Furtwangler video at all, apart from the occasional shots of the conductor’s eyes and demeanour.

    It’s over five years since I explored this area so there will surely be new things that I haven’t seen. I very much enjoyed Peter Brook’s production conducted by Daniel Harding. I also was impressed by Calixto Bieito’s production conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

    It’s a great shame that there’s no Ponnelle production on record record.
    I realise it's a film but the actors still sing the opera parts so I'm okay with that. Did you watch the DVD or blue-ray version? I haven't been able to find a review of the blue ray version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    I was not pleased with either the sound or picture quality on Losey’s DG. It’s a film, and not a filmed recording of a live opera. I didn’t enjoy the Furtwangler video at all, apart from the occasional shots of the conductor’s eyes and demeanour.

    It’s over five years since I explored this area so there will surely be new things that I haven’t seen. I very much enjoyed Peter Brook’s production conducted by Daniel Harding. I also was impressed by Calixto Bieito’s production conducted by Bertrand de Billy.

    It’s a great shame that there’s no Ponnelle production on record record.
    I didn't enjoy Brook's production at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bachisbest View Post
    i realise it's a film but the actors still sing the opera parts so i'm okay with that. Did you watch the dvd or blue-ray version? I haven't been able to find a review of the blue ray version.
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    I guess there's also Peter Sellars' production. I quite like it

    https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Don-Gi.../dp/B00092ZAN6

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirime View Post
    I guess there's also Peter Sellars' production. I quite like it

    https://www.amazon.com/Mozart-Don-Gi.../dp/B00092ZAN6
    Because Don Giovanni looks like Leporello, I think they were in fact twins. And the urban setting is fun. Particularly memorable for me in that production was the way the Don and Leporello menace Masetto.
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    I can't find a thread for DVDs of Don Giovanni either. Should I DM the moderator to change the thread title to "Mozart on DVD & BluRay - Don Giovanni"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    It’s a great shame that there’s no Ponnelle production on record record.
    A pitty. Unitel contemplated making films of all his productions by mozart, and the project remained unfinished when he died in 1988 after the shooting of Cosí fan tutte (this information is in the booklet that comes in cosí fan tutte dvd). Besides Don Giovanni, Lucio Silla, Idomeneo, Die Entführung aus dem Serail, and Die Zauberflöte were also going to be filmed

    For Idomeneo and Zauberflöte, At least we have the videos from the Met & Salzburg.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BachIsBest View Post
    It seems a lot of people on Amazon complain about the sound quality. Have you had any issues? I feel the people likely to complain on Amazon about the sound quality might be the same people who have million dollar sound systems and this slightly lower sound quality doesn't affect people who non-million dollar speakers.
    The biggest issue I remember with the sound is that the singers voices were obviously all recorded in a cavernous studio, sometimes leading to an incongruity in resonance. One sees the actors in a small room, and yet their voices reverberate as if they were standing in a cathedral. Of course this may or may not bother a given listener.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Granate View Post
    I can't find a thread for DVDs of Don Giovanni either. Should I DM the moderator to change the thread title to "Mozart on DVD & BluRay - Don Giovanni"?
    You can if you want, but the thread is indeed about recommendations for Don Giovanni. On second thought that thread title doesn't really make sense. It should read something like Recommendations for a DVD/Blue-Ray version of Don Giovanni.

    I don't know how much I'd mind the cavernous studio. I mean, how loud the singers sing almost never make much sense anyways (who belts out the line I need to stay hidden?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by BachIsBest View Post
    You can if you want, but the thread is indeed about recommendations for Don Giovanni. On second thought that thread title doesn't really make sense. It should read something like Recommendations for a DVD/Blue-Ray version of Don Giovanni.
    There has been a whole series of Opera recording threads that have been titled: [Composer] on disc - [Opera] since October 2017. I'm behind many of the thread title changes apart from moving those threads from the CMD or Opera section to Opera on CD and DVD. Better than creating a new one, but there wasn't a previous thread for this topic before.

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