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Domingo is at his best in this Covent Garden Opera House performance from 1985; at once ardent and serious-minded, we believe in his Chenier as a poet and political figure. Conductor Julius Rudel gives the rich score all the weight and lyricism it demands and the Covent Garden chorus is at its occasional best in the scenes of revolutionary excess.
On the DVD: Andrea Chenier is presented a little disappointingly in NTSC format and 4:3 picture ratio. At least the sound is sumptuous Dolby Digital 5.0. Subtitles are in English, French, German, Spanish and Japanese. --Roz Kaveney
The production is traditional, the stage business none too fussy and the conducting (Julius Rudel) is more than adequate, with plenty of passion and sweep when called for. Humphrey Burton's video direction is not too obtrusive (thank goodness) and technically the sound and picture are fine, if not quite up to the very best of modern recordings.
All in all a thrilling couple of hours of wonderful singing and a worthy addition to anyone's opera collection.