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  • Actors: Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Walter Berry, Trudeliese Schmidt, Edita Gruberova
  • Directors: John Vernon
  • Writers: Hugo von Hofmannsthal
  • Producers: Horant H. Hohlfeld
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct. 2007
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UVLJJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,849 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Tracklist 1. Opening Credits / Ariadne / Böhm 2. Orchestral Introduction Video , Surround Sound 3. "Mein Herr Haushofmeister!" Video , Surround Sound 4. Hier finden Euer Gnaden die Mamsell Zerbinetta Video , Surround Sound 5. Eselgesicht! sehr unverschämter frecher Esel! Stereo , Surround Sound 6. Wer ist dieses entzückende Mädchen? (Komponist, Musiklehrer) Stereo , Surround Sound 7. Hast' ein Stückerl Notenpapier? Video , Surround Sound 8. Im Gegenteil, man kommt vom Tisch (Tanzmeister, Musiklehrer, Lakai) Video , Surround Sound 9. Ihnen allen habe ich eine plötzliche Anordnung Video , Surround Sound 10. Ich weiß nicht, wo mir der Kopf steht Video , Surround Sound 11. Der Ariadne müssen Sie streichen (Tenor, Primadonna, Musiklehrer, Tanzmeister, Zerbinetta, Komponist) Video , Surround Sound 12. Sie hält sich für den Todesgott! (Komponist, Zerbinetta) Video , Surround Sound 13. Sie gibt sich dem Tod hin (Komponist, Zerbinetta) Stereo , Surround Sound 14. "Ein Augenblick ist wenig" Stereo , Surround Sound 15. An ihre Plätze, meine Damen und Herren! Video , Surround Sound 16. "Sein wir wieder gut" - "Musik ist eine heilige Kunst" Surround Sound 17. Was ist das? Wohin? (Komponist, Musiklehrer) Surround Sound 18. Overture Video , Surround Sound 19. "Schläft sie?" Stereo , Surround Sound 20. Wo war ich? Tot? Stereo , Surround Sound 21. Wie jung und schön und maßlos traurig (Harlekin, Zerbinetta, Truffaldin) Stereo , Surround Sound 22. Ein schönes war: hieß Theseus Stereo , Surround Sound 23. "Lieben, Hassen, Hoffen, Zagen" Video , Surround Sound 24. "Es gibt ein Reich" Video , Surround Sound 25. Die Dame gibt mit trübem Sinn Stereo , Surround Sound 26. "Großmächtige Prinzessin" Surround Sound 27. Hübsch gepredigt aber tauben Ohren Stereo , Surround Sound 28. Eine störrische zu trösten (Brighella, Scaramuccio, Harlekin, Truffaldin, Zerbinetta) Stereo , Surround Sound 29. "Ein schönes Wunder!" Stereo , Surround Sound 30. Circe, Circe, kannst du mich hören? Stereo , Surround Sound 31. Töne, töne, süße Stimme (Najade, Echo, Dryade) Surround Sound 32. Doch da ich unverwandelt von dir gegangen bin (Bacchus, Ariadne, Najade, Echo, Dryade) Surround Sound 33. Circe, Circe, Circe, ich konnte fliehen! Stereo , Surround Sound 34. Das waren Zauberworte! Video , Surround Sound 35. "Gibt es kein Hinüber?" Stereo , Surround Sound 36. Du! Alles du! (Bacchus) Stereo , Surround Sound 37. "Töne, töne, süße Stimme" - "Was hängt von mir in deinem Arm" (Najade, Echo, Dryade, Ariadne, Zerbinetta) Stereo , Surround Sound 38. Deiner hab' ich um alles bedurft (Bacchus, Ariadne) Stereo , Surround Sound Disc 1 - Bonus Features Title Additional Info 1. Mozart22 - Trailer 2. La Traviata Trailer 3. Catalogue Slideshow

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Dec. 2010
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I absolutely love this film. Yes, it is one of those "Studio-films" rather than a full-scale film production. And yes, there are some issues with lip-synching. Then again, many opera films are studio-films, including some of the best. They are all shot inside but still have a much more lively camera than you would get from a filmed stage production. This may be a question of taste, but I personally do not like filmed stage productions. The lip-synching may disturb some. It is actually not so much the lip-synching that is the problem, but more a paucity of environmental sounds. The music is dominant and one hears no cracking floor or knocking or any other sounds from the ambience. This is a bit strange at first, but I was quickly taken by the great film.

I have not seen any other Ariadne, but I cannot imagine that there is a better one out there.
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I think the previous writers have been a little cruel over the lip synching. This is a traditional film with a wonderful cast. It's good to see Böhm conducting the Prelude to the Opera proper and with Janowitz, Kollo, Gurberova and Berry in principal roles and even Kunz as the Major Domo what's not to like. Above all, Trudeliese Schmidt is an ideal Composer, a true Soprano-Mezzo, puppy eyed and palpitating with creative ardour - just ravishing.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By 221b on 3 Jun. 2008
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On paper what more could you want for an Ariadne - superb cast, fine conductor and orchestra, and a faithful production that doesn't mess about with the setting. And yet what materialises is a dull studio recording (based on a stage version from Vienna in the 1970's) that can't decide if it is a film or a recording of a staged production, and fails on both counts - flat, two-dimensional characters in a museum piece, like butterflies pinned into an album, never to float again. This impression is only made worse by the singers (badly) lip-synching to a previously recorded audio track which removes any excitement or immediacy to their singing.

And this is all the more frustrating, for what glorious singing there is - Gundula Janowitz simply radiant as Ariadne, Edita Gruberova carving out the beginning of her career in stunning coloratura, Walter Berry, Trudeliese Schmidt, Rene Kollo, all conducted by Bohm with the Vienna Phil - what dream casting that is wasted!

If you're not familiar with Ariadne don't try to start with this one - watch the Met Jessye Norman version and then the black and white Salzburg recording, far more interesting productions that truly capture the ravishing music of this opera. Only later is it worth "listening" to this DVD, but don't bother watching the screen (which rather defeats the point of a DVD) as the glossy veneer of this film ruins what could have been a fabulous record of some great Strauss singing!
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Four stars because the singing is magnificent, BUT........ 16 Jan. 2008
By I. Martinez-Ybor - Published on
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Ariadne is a most beautiful concoction, one of Strauss' finest works, with felicitous vocal writing and a miraculous orchestration which makes a twenty-odd piece orchestra sound symphonic. The ending is sublime. I saw this Vienna Staatsoper production on stage with the same cast (except Kollo) and it was lovely, lively and passionate. It amused, it moved, it soared, one smiled and left uplifted by what had been a wonderful musical and theatrical evening. In its day, Janowitz and Gruberova were (arguably) regarded as the prime exponents of Ariadne and Zerbinetta respectively. Janowitz in particular had the vocal sheen and soaring brilliance that seem ideal for Strauss' music, thus she is memorable in his songs, as well as the Kaiserin in Frau, the Marschallin, Arabella, the Capriccio countess, and, indeed, Ariadne. Gruberova was at the start of her career and she was a spectacular Zerbinetta, as an actress and as a singer.

So, what is wrong with this picture? Well, this DVD is a film of a slightly modified stage production, not of a live performance (or composite of live performances). And, it is not a very good film. Here we have Ariadne embalmed. What on stage was lively and spontaneous, here is static and marmoreal. The frisson of getting the voice out and the live interaction between the characters on stage, not to mention an audience, does not exist. Nothing. The singers address the camera, there are lots of close-ups. Characters just seem to stand around, dutifully and dully. I am not keen on films of staged opera productions (unique film visions such as Sybeberg's Parsifal, a work of genius, or Friedrich's Elektra, belong in different category). To start with, turning a stage production into a film gathers the worst of all possible worlds: all the limitations of the proscenium more or less remain, relatively unchanged stage blocking remains, yet one knows the camera is free; on a physical plane, it is ackward because though all filmic creativity has been abandoned, actors/singers are not really singing, but lip-synching, and opera is indissolubly bound to the physicality of singing; in short, verisimilitude, drama, music, and film itself are all short-changed, to the detriment of the whole. We don't have a live performance and we don't have a real film. This viewer finds it hard to relate to what he's seeing.

Perhaps Ariadne has been best served, so far, by the phonograph. If Janowitz interests you, she is in my favorite stereo performance of Ariadne under Kempe on EMI. Otherwise, the great Karajan mono recording, my first, with a ravishing Schwarzkopf in the title role, and the as yet unmatched let alone surpassed composer of Irmgard Seefried.

Note: to my ears, the DVD sounds more immediate (better) in PCM Stereo than in the fake DTS remastering.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
A Glowing Ariadne 7 Feb. 2008
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Like most Strauss fans my first exposure to thie opera (not counting 78's) was the EMI recording from 1955. It remains a classic recording and deservedly so. It did have a major competitor when EMI released a recording with Janowitz. I was lucky enough to be in Vienna in the fall of 1978 to see a production with Janowitz, James King, Agnes Balta and Patricia Wise. It was a glorious evening in the great house. This filmed version takes me back to that experience even though the film has a different cast, Janowitz excepted.

I would have preferred a live performance to a film, but since that isn't possible what DGG have given us is not to be dismissed. The lipsynching is better than most DVD's that utilize this technique. In any event there are more closeups than most opera DVDs. The production is traditional without a whiff of Regietheatre. The colors glow and give off a richness that is appropriate--house of the richest man in Vienna! Janowitz is peerless; it was her role for many years and deservedly so. Trudelise Schmidt is not a name widely know in this country. If I can't have a Seefried or Jurinac I will accept Ms.Schmidt with no qualifications; her top is radiant and open. Reme Kollo is more problematic. He can sing with great nuance and sensitivity but he is also guilty of loud and/or vulgar singing. Damming with faint praise, the role is not long. Gruberova fan will not be disappointed. I wish I could write more favorably about her since she clearly has owned the role for many years. I suspect that hers is a voice that sounds better in the theatre than on discs, but there is no gainsaying that she is totally unfazed with the difficulties of the role and dispatches them with panache,

The competition is not great; the Met's production is a mixed bag. A black and while production from Salzburg boasts one of the great singers of the century, Sena Jurinac. Alas the Ariadne is close to disaster. Hillebrecht's career is one of the great mysteries.A production from Germany (Dresden?) is a Konzept that will not endear many viewers and the singing is good enough to overlook many of the dramatic faux pas. A new recording from Zurich is on the way and while the cast is somewhat problematic this new DGG release would be my choice if one only has room for one Ariadne.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Superb, Exquisite, and Sublime! 19 April 2008
By Mr John Haueisen - Published on
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For a good performance of Ariadne, the most important ingredient is a good Ariadne and Zerbinetta. Gundula Janowitz sings superbly and ably conveys the bearing of the distraught and, at times, aloof princess, Ariadne.

Edita Gruberova turns in the performance of a lifetime, as the epitome of a coquettish Zerbinetta. Her "Grossmachtige Prinzessin" by itself is something you will want to share with friends, to show them the virtuosity of a truly great singer. As a crowning glory to this famous aria, our flirty Zerbinetta effortlessly ascends to the very highest notes--Get this!--as she powders her face. Spectacularly, it displays both Gruberova's incomparable singing abilities, and her perfectly complementary acting abilities.

The "harlequin group" also displays joyful singing and acting that make them absolutely lovable.

So could anything make this even better? Yes, the tempi and conducting interpretation seem to me to be just as Strauss would have enjoyed hearing them. The hauntingly and ethereally beautiful "Tone, tone, susse Stimme" sung by the nymphs is sung with sufficient volume to be more appreciated. Every other performance seems to make that passage a bit too soft. It's too beautiful not to be properly heard! So why was this conductor able to turn up the volume on it? I think it's because the conductor, Karl Bohm, advanced in age as he was here, had actually worked alongside Richard Strauss. He knew what Strauss expected, and the result is that we can hear it Strauss's way. It's superb, exquisite, and sublime. Oh, and in Zerbinetta's final scene, she winks to us, at precisely the right moment--icing on a delicious cake.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
"A" cast, static production 25 Feb. 2008
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This production has the "A" cast in a very static production conducted by one of the masters. All of the singers are up to their tasks. The sound for the production was recorded separately from the film, and there are times when the unsynchronized lip-synch is very distracting.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A most enjoyable "Ariadne" 28 Jun. 2010
By Alex Craig - Published on
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Since the printed material is a bit reticent on the matter, let it be pointed out that this is a film of the opera, not a live performance, though it is based on a successful Vienna State Opera production from 1976. Thus the singers are lip-syncing to their own recorded performances, and some do it more convincingly than others. But once past this minor distraction, this a thoroughly enjoyable DVD. The conductor is the redoubtable veteran Karl Böhm. The Germans always treated him like a minor deity, especially in his later years, but I was never too fond of his work, particularly in Mozart and Wagner. But he was a great conductor of Strauss, who was a friend and mentor in his youth. He made audio recordings of most of the Strauss operas which were usually compromised by weak casting. But here he has a fine cast to work with, and he leads a beautiful performance. Tempos are well chosen, the singers are sensitively supported, and Böhm enjoys Strauss' chamber-orchestra texture, not trying to inflate it to something bigger (as Levine does in the Met production). The Ariadne is Gundula Janowitz, who was never the most intense or involved singer. She actually seemed more into the character in her earlier audio recording with Kempe, though she never approached the intensity of Schwarzkopf. But she has the role's vocal demands well in hand, and she looks beautiful and acts convincingly. Edita Gruberova is a marvelous Zerbinetta. Her grace, charm, and physical beauty are very appealing, and she sings every note of the difficult role with pinpoint accuracy. She is well partnered by her four comedians who sing with commendable accuracy and move with grace and style. Trudeliese Schmidt is a fine Composer, with beautiful singing and a winning characterization. Rene Kollo handles Bacchus's demanding part with reasonable grace, and he looks and sounds heroic. One is reminded what a beautiful voice he had in his youth. All the smaller parts are also well taken. I especially enjoyed Walter Berry's juicy Music Master and Heinz Zednik's supercilious Dancing Master (he doubles as Brighella). Veteran baritone Erich Kunz is a hoot as the Major-Domo; his pointed, sarcastic delivery is a welcome change from the drawn-out approach most actors take. The production is straightforward and stylish, without any attempt at updating or "concept", and the costumes are beautiful. Strongly recommended!
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