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Haydn: Il Mondo Della Luna [Blu-ray] [2010]

Concentus Musicus Wien , Henschel    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Concentus Musicus Wien, Henschel, Richter, Genaux, Landshamer
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 167 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00408MS9E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 121,905 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Nikolaus Harnoncourt leads the Concentus Musicus Wien in this production of Josef Haydn's opera 'Il Mondo Della Luna' recorded at the Theatre an der Wien in 2009. Performers include Dietrich Henschel, Bernard Richter and Vivica Genaux.

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Mondo Della Luna (Il)


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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haydn`s operas rediscovered 7 Oct 2010
I went to see this production in Theater an der Wien in December 2009. My wife had graciously alowed met to go as it was my birthday and so I flew from Amsterdam to Vienna, especially to see this production. I have been following Mr. Harnoncourts productions where I can for a number of years and wanted to see this one very much because you rarely are able to see a good production of a Haydn opera at all.

Theater ander Wien has for some years now been bringing opera productions again after a long time of only musicals and they have been able to do what the salzburg festival has not: secure Mr. Harnoncourts collaboration to conduct an opera every year. He has done Orlando Paladino (Haydn), The Rake`s progress (stravinsky) and will be doing a Rodelinda (handel) in 2010. Il mondo della luna is his second collaboration with Tobias Moretti, a well knwon German actor who has been increasingly active in the field of opera staging for some years. The first production they did together was Mozart`s La Finta Giadiniera at the Zurich opera. Yes, I saw that, as well.. And there is a dvd available of this production.

I really enjoyed the staging. It brings out the ridiculous and somewhat incredible story of the idiot Buonafede really well. Hilarious at points, but very severe at others. You are made to feel as if it could almost have been you..
Theater an der Wien has a large trickbag available, everything revolves, flies, turns, falls, rises etc. Mr. Moretti makes good use of this, there is always something to see and the jokes often turns to extreme human emotion in a second. This is Haydn at his best. A complete whirlpool of emotions that has you laughing and crying at the same time. (literally..)
Of course, the musical subtext has a lot to do with this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent performance! 30 July 2011
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I have some sympathy with the review above in French, which complains about the tyranny of the modern opera director imposing his personality on the composer's oeuvre to the detriment of the music. Some of the staging of this opera is quite frankly ridiculous...especially in the first act scene shown on the DVD cover. It would be preferable, in my opinion, since Haydn's operas are so rarely performed in the theatre, to have a more conventional production. Save the avant-gardism for operas we know better, and could arguably use the sweep of a new broom to give us a fresh viewpoint.
Nevertheless, this issue aside, the performance is excellent on practically all other grounds. The singing of the entire cast is impressive, I can't find a weak link. The stimulating, bold attack, as always in this repetoire, of Herr Harnoncourt and his forces is a revelation...a very young man our esteemed conductor at 80 years!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Moon madness 27 Oct 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This 2009 production of Haydn's Il Mondo della Luna for the Theater an der Wien, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt for his 80th birthday celebrations, is a treat for anyone interested in seeing rarely performed opera of quality and distinction, and seeing this particular 'dramma giocoso' done playfully and intelligently with respect and understanding for the material.

It's understandable that some would rather see a faithful period production of the 1777 opera, but there is nothing in Il Mondo della Luna that is period specific or anachronistic in a modern setting. While the one notable event is the fact that man has in the meantime now walked on the moon, its mysteries remain. Those mysteries are delightfully exploited by Ecclitico and his friend Ernesto, the two of them wishing to marry the daughters of Buonafede, while Ecclitico's servant has designs on his maid, the rather formidable Lisetta. They plan an elaborate scheme to trick the old man into believing that they have transported him to the moon in order to show him the foolishness of his ways and turn his outdated ideas about women against him.

The world on the moon, it transpires, is the mystery of the workings of women, who the opera playfully labels "lunatics", their behaviour strange, mercurial (to mix planetary metaphors), inconstant and inconsistent. It's a subject evidently that is as contemporary now as it was then, or even when Mozart tackled the subject somewhat later in a similarly humorous manner in Così Fan Tutte (or even perhaps The Magic Flute, to which Il Mondo della Luna feels like a closer relative).
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