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Puccini: Turandot -- Vienna PO/Gergiev [DVD]

Vienna State Opera Chorus , Robert Bork    Exempt   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Vienna State Opera Chorus, Robert Bork, Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Gabriele Schnaut, Robert Tear
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jun 2003
  • Run Time: 125 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00009XW83
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,605 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Valery Gerghiev leads the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra in this production of Puccini's opera, recorded live at the Salzburger Festspiele in 2002. David Courtney's production features performances by Gabriele Schnaut, Paata Burchuladze, Johan Botha and Cristina Gallardo-Domas.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Perplexing, infuriating and insanely absorbing 2 Oct 2006
Yes, and all at the same time, in spite of sounding contradictory. For mind you, this is no ordinary Turandot. From the musical point of view it has the important attractiveness of presenting Luciano Berio's ending, composed as an alternative to the well known by Alfano in use since the 1920's and that per se sets it apart. The cast in this 2002 Salzburg Festival production is typical of today's globalised world in which italian operas are sometimes given without a single italian in the cast. Singing quality will be not to everyone's liking and not precisely because of the lack of italianita in the principals' voices as a consequence of the absence of italians, but rather because of the very condition of the voices in some of them. Gallardo-Domas's and Schnaut's are the most questionable; one thing is vibrato and quite another is wobble. I recall attending a Turandot performance in San Francisco some 12 years ago (available in dvd, by the way) in which Eva Marton's wobble was so obtrusive as to make sitting throughout the whole performance almost intolerable; Schnaut and Gallardo-Domas don't "sin" to that extreme in this set but are certainly questionable, especially if you laid out over 300 euros for the entrance ticket at the Grosses Festpielhaus. The german singer's problems seem to derive from plain voice wear (she's been around for close to 30 years now, and that certainly counts, with all due respect), the chilean's sound more like the effect of an ill-conceived effort of stressing a voice unsuitable to such a large venue as the Grosses Festpielhaus. Burchuladze's voice has also deteriorated importantly along the years but the range the Timur part moves into allows him to keep wobble under reasonable control and he still commands an engaging timbre. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Turandot: Vienna PO/Gergiev 9 Oct 2003
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An interestingly different account of Turandot for the Salzburg Festival of 2002 without the usual Alfano completion of the 3rd Act -it is completed here by Luciano Berio. David Pountney's setting is a political allegory of a nightmarish oppression and brutality of the population, with robot-like figures and instruments of torture replacing the limbs of the three Masks. Liu (Christina Gallardo-Domas) is the most impressive of the principals -both vocally and in acting ability, and whilst Gabriele Schnaut gives a competent account as Turandot, Johan Botha is less convincing as Calaf. The audience's post performance appreciation accords with this. Berio's finale is more contemplative and less triumphalist than Alfano's and uses an orchestral interlude following Liu's death to explain Turandot's conversion. This almost suceeds but the change in music style is too obvious to be fully convincing. The VPO under Gergiev performs the difficult score well but the overall sound balance lacks detail and clarity compared to the best CD versions. Overall an interesting and visually stimulating alternative to the Bejing DVD but is musically less satisfactory.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Modern Update! 22 Jun 2013
By BoskoG
Set in a robotic society which lacks compassion and love. Puccini's unfinished opera has a new ending which makes this fantasy more rounded and human.

Picture quality 5
Sound quality 5
Sets 5 - spectacular sets depicting a mechanized industrial society.
Music making (orchestra) 5
Direction (camera work) 5
Singing/Acting - Turandot 4/4, Timur 5/3, Calaf 4/3, Liu 5/5, Ping, Pang and Pong 5/5.
Costumes 5 - modern and futuristic.

Highly recommended if you like modern updates of traditional operas.
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