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Rossini: La Pietra Del Paragon [DVD] [2010]

Raul Gimenez , Patricia Biccire    Exempt   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Raul Gimenez, Patricia Biccire, Marie-Ange Torodovitch, Pietro Spagnoli, Raul Giménez
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Classical, Colour, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Dutch, English, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Oct 2007
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X3BB2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,339 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The renowned Rossini expert, Alberto Zedda, inspired by the creative brilliance of Pier Luigi Pizzi's production, leads a fizzing account of Rossini's 1812 comic opera - the composer's first La Scala commission.

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OA 0987; OPUS ARTE - BBC - Inghilterra; Classica Lirica


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A look at a lesser-known Rossini opera 3 Mar 2012
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This opera was the 20-year-old Rossini's first big hit, and it remains sparkling and fresh. It is a comedy set at the country house of a wealthy nobleman who doesn't feel like marrying; the guests at his house party include three women who hope to get him to change his mind, plus a couple of comic artists and a newspaper editor. The plot concerns his attempts to find out if his guests like him or his money, and the attempts of the heroine to get the count to abandon his feigned indifference and admit his love for her.

The production is on a single set, representing the country house of the said nobleman. The production has been updated to the world of 'Jeeves and Wooster', but it isn't as outlandish as the picture on the cover would suggest. I gave the production only three stars, because I didn't feel the comedy really came across as intended; although the direction was sensible and straightforward, it failed to bring out the humour for me. Picture quality is good; English subtitles are provided.
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By I. Giles HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This came with good magazine reviews. Then along came another on the Naive label with Spinosi conducting. I bought both and initially enjoyed them differently. I now much prefer the Spinosi's version. My wife initially preferred this one though as she found the other too gimmicky. We now only have one version - guess which!

Personally I think there is room in the catalogue for both as both are well-sung and well recorded. Both are updated to modern times and this requires a complete suspension of disbelief on the part of the viewer. But surely that was always the case as the story is so, well, unbelievable.

A major difference between the two is that the rival version on Naive makes use of large display screens to project enlarged images of the singers superimposed within various settings and with various artefacts. This is supposed to be witty - and so it is - the first time. I, however, have continued to enjoy it increasingly as I find the singers more dramatically successful and I now find the characterisation of the version being considered here inherently duller by comparison. The orchestral playing on original instruments is also far sharper and incisive as conducted by Spinosi.

So there you have it. For me the choice is clear - get the other version with Spinosi conducting with total flair.
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3.0 out of 5 stars -Early Rossini updated to 2007 20 Dec 2010
I bought this DVD because it was recommended by the magazine Opera Now in its Nov/Dec 2010 edition as the best (recent?) DVD of early Rossini recordings. I don't want to dispute this and I often enjoy cleverly updated opera productions. Pier Luigi Pizzi's direction is quite funny indeed but the set becomes somewhat boring once the original surprise has settled. The singers are very good and the conducting by Alberto Zedda is outstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Outclassed by Spinosi's vibrant and witty version on the Naive label 22 July 2012
By I. Giles - Published on Amazon.com
This came with good magazine reviews. Then along came another on the Naive label with Spinosi conducting. I bought both and initially enjoyed them differently. I now much prefer the Spinosi's version. My wife initially preferred this one though as she found the other too gimmicky. We now only have one version - guess which!

Personally I think there is room in the catalogue for both as both are well-sung and well recorded. Both are updated to modern times and this requires a complete suspension of disbelief on the part of the viewer. But surely that was always the case as the story is so, well, unbelievable.

A major difference between the two is that the rival version on Naive makes use of large display screens to project enlarged images of the singers superimposed within various settings and with various artefacts. This is supposed to be witty - and so it is - the first time. I, however, have continued to enjoy it increasingly as I find the singers more dramatically successful and I now find the characterisation of the version being considered here inherently duller by comparison. The orchestral playing on original instruments is also far sharper and incisive as conducted by Spinosi.

So there you have it. For me the choice is clear - get the other version with Spinosi conducting with total flair.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 26 Feb 2009
By Barry J. James - Published on Amazon.com
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I admit up front that I took a chance on this recording of La Pietra del Paragone as nobody had yet bothered to create a review. I had seen a small film clip of the work on the Opus Arte website which intrigued me into wanting to see more and I already owned the other `high-tech' version of this work from the Chatelet Theatre, so I had some idea of what to expect.

Well, I was disappointed. This is obviously one of Rossini's less well-known works and certainly not one of his best. The work being reviewed appears to take place in the large rear garden of a very modern two-story villa during the timeframe of one afternoon. An odd assortment of colorfully dressed men and women seem to move from one table to another with drinks in hand while others attempt to play tennis or cavort in and around a small swimming pool. That seems to be the full content of the opera from beginning to end. There is not enough to interest oneself in any of the singers; most of who sing reasonably well. It is unfortunate that none of them appears very interesting as characters. Although much money appears to have been spent on the stageset, no changes occur throughout the work and the lighting, meant to represent a warm and sunny afternoon, is constant. Perhaps, if the time frame had extended into the early evening and for the lighting within the villa on stage to create a different ambience I might have become more interested in this work.

By contrast, the other version mentioned, has the terrific presence of the wonderfully expressive actress and singer Sonia Prima in a leading roll and she certainly makes the most of it. On top of this, having split screens and trick video effects with stagehands manipulating scenery in full view of the audience, but covered from head to toe in blue so that they do not appear against the blue screen, with the combined results appearing on screens suspended above the performers, prevent any possibility of boredom setting in. One is constantly waiting to see what new surprise will appear on stage next, and one is not disappointed.
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