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Five Operas from Glyndebourne with designs by Maurice Sendak: Where the Wild Things are / Higglety Pigglety Pop! / L'Enfant et les Sortilèges / L'Heure Espagnole / The Love of Three Oranges [DVD] [2011] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Oliver Knussen, Simon Rattle, London Sinfonietta, Cynthia Buchan, London Philharmonic
  • Directors: Christopher Swann, Tim Gutteridge, Frank Corsaro
  • Format: Box set, NTSC, HiFi Sound, Colour
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: NVC Arts/Warner Classics
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 308 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IN81VM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,123 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A three-volume collection of operas based on the books of the celebrated children's author and illustrator Maurice Sendak. The set features 'Where the Wild Things Are/Higglety Pigglety Pop', 'Love of Three Oranges' and 'L'Heure Espagnole'.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By maximus TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Sep 2012
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A bargain set for 20th century opera lovers. The productions are outstanding and imaginative. Beautifully played and sung. The sound quality is good, singers and orchestra very clearly recorded, but picture quality in some of the films is a little fuzzy. The best one from picture quality perspective is L'Heure Espagnole,

My favourite opera in this set is Prokofiev's (Love of three oranges), followed by the Ravel I mentioned above. My least favourite is Knussen's Higgledy Piggledy Pop - surreal to say the least, but interesting music.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. A. Weedon TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Oct 2012
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I very much enjoyed this selection of five short operas staged at Glyndebourne. My favourite is 'Higglety Pigglety Pop!', in which three of the actors are dressed up as animals: a Sealyham terrier, a pig and a cat and there's also a housemaid and a lion. The music for this opera and also for 'Where the Wild Things Are' was composed by Oliver Knussen who also conducts the London Sinfonietta for both operas. When watching these works I wondered if children would enjoy them as much as I did. They certainly took me back to my childhood and made me very happy. It's interesting to note that, in real life, cats wail and dogs howl and bark. Pigs have the better of them both in that they grunt and squeal in the most delightfully musical fashion, which is why I stopped eating these intelligent animals a long time ago.

On the second disc both 'L'enfant et les Sortileges and L'Heure Espanole by Ravel made fascinating watching and listening. Although it was well produced and performed I wasn't quite so keen on 'The Love of Three Oranges' by Prokofiev, which always seems to me to be a rather 'over the top' kind of opera, in which everything is done rather too well. This may sound strange and not over clear, but I don't know how else to put it. Happily, other viewers will think differently.

On the whole both sound and picture quality are good, especially the sound quality. Filled with imagination, these works are well geared to delight and inspire discerning children and other viewers and listeners. Best of all, they are the kind of entertainment that can be watched and listened to over and over again without ever tiring of them.
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By I. Zaneres on 27 Aug 2013
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Yes five for the price of one. The biggest is The Love Of Three Oranges, with a cast led by Willard White as the king. The style is pantomime, with masked characters and chorus, some overgrown puppetry, larger than life costumes and cardboard cutout scenery. The musicians and the singers are all adequate. It is good fun and entertaining but there are better versions. A bit long for the young ones.
Where the wild things are has some great costumes, the singing is fine and the sets imaginative. The music is difficult if you are a lover of melody, our young viewers to whom I think this set is aimed were not impressed. They did like the wild things though.
Higglety Pigglety Pop is simple music, a clear story and and the puppets are fine, enjoyed by all.
L'enfant et les sortilege, this was received well, and the music and voices are appropriate. Costumes very well done.
Probably the best is L'heure Espagnole, although the theme is rather more adult, it was enjoyed by all as it works at all levels. Singing good, characters amusing and pantomimish in approach.
The whole set is a vehicle for Sendak, who has a vivid imagination, I thought at first it was aimed as an introduction to opera for children, but it works very well for this old boy!
My friends grandchildren whom we tried it out on over a week or two, gave it a mixed reception, different ages liking different operas, not suprising I suppose.
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If you plan on watching these operas with English subtitles, then ignore these comments. I speak French and some Russian, and though I am used to the stupid omission of Russian subtitles, I can normally rely on them for operas in French. The sound quality is not too great and diction is frequently sloppy, so I eventually had to turn on subtitles in English; shoddy translation then distracted me throughout. The production is wonderful, as has already been stated by other reviewers, but the transition to DVD is exceptionally lazy.
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