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Rameau - Platée / Marc Minkowski, Laurent Pelly, Opéra de Paris [DVD]


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  • Actors: Paul Agnew, Mireille Delunsch, Yann Beuron, Vincent Le Texier, Doris Lamprecht
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar 2004
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001F0WZW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,705 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Marc Minkowski conducts the Orchestra and Chorus of Les Musiciens du Louvre in this production of Jean-Philippe Rameau's opera, recorded in 2002 at the Palais Garnier. The cast features Paul Agnew, Mireille Delunsch, Yann Beuron, Vincent Le Texier and Doris Lamprecht.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Iain C. Davidson on 5 Feb 2012
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This was the first time I had seen or heard Rameau's 'Platee' although it had been on my wish list for some time! I found it absolutely brilliant and great fun. Marc Minkowski's conducts the score with such lightness and verve and both he and the orchestra seem to be enjoying themselves. The soloists are all very satisfactory and in two cases, rather more so. Paul Agnew is exquisite in the title role, not just vocally but he acts the part of the marsh nymph so well. It must be a tricky tightrope to walk because to modern sensibilities, the ugly but good hearted frog queen is treated rather abominably by the Gods and their hangers-on and I did find myself feeling quite sorry for 'her' at the end. However, Agnew does manage to balance this by also bringing out the extreme vanity of the character as well as 'her' more endearing qualities. The other star is Mireille Delunsch as La Folie who sings astonishingly well (deservedly bringing the house down after her fiendishly difficult aria in Act 2) and also puts in a brilliant acting performance as a truly unhinged demi-goddess in a dress made of music scores and a wig with a mind of its own!

The production is simple but effective. In each act the stage is increasingly taken over by the encroaching swamp. Costumes are modern but fun, mainly in shades of green as the opera progresses. The choreography is something of a mixed bag in my opinion, ranging from confusingly banal (the prologue and some of the pre-wedding dances) to the sublime (the frogs, Folie's followers and the three 'graces'). Overall I enjoyed this enormously and would not hesitate to recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JamSandwich on 7 Oct 2009
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What a triumph. Discredit the one star job below. This is 5 stars all the way especially the performance from Mme. Delunsche. Worth the entry fee.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marsh Ape on 23 May 2009
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This is simply amazing. The music is spine-tinglingly exquisite, and the visual interpretations are wonderfully humourous and inventive, as are the theatrical performances of Mireille Deneusch and the rest of the cast.

I am sure that Rameau would have laughed his socks off - it represents the innate joy, excitement, cheekiness and intelligence of his music and breathes life into it once more. I can't imagine anyone not enjoying this unless they are congenitally dull.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By V. Renato on 13 Mar 2009
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This recording justly deserved plenty of awards. After having attended it in person at la Salle Garnier, I was eager to get this DVD. No disappointment: I lived over again my most amusing night at the opera! The singers are all wonderful performers, together with the conductor and the director who shed a new light on the enchantments of this Opera Bouffe.
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