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

Raul Gimenez , Patricia Biccire    Exempt   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X3BB2A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,129 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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars simply the best 11 Oct 2008
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Rossini - La Pietra Del Paragone (+book) [2007]this is the best dvd of arossini opera that i have ever come across.the orchestral playing is superb as is the singing.and the technology is amazing,making use of multiple split screens and handheld video cameras.this is a major rediscovery.i urge anybody who is undecided go out and buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "Are you not entertained?" 9 Dec 2012
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Ridiculously enough, this is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of this opera. Oh yes, I am! I discovered this gem only a few weeks ago and I'm already/still head-over-heels about it! Where to start and how to be short...

Rossini. This was one of the first big operatic successes of Rossini and I have to say that even though it's not a fully-fledged "bel canto" Rossini yet, it is incredibly bright, vivaceous, sparkling and cheerful. Already starting with the dynamic ouverture, there is hardly a dull moment. So it is even hard to name my favourite parts of it, since I usually end up listening it all anyway. The book coming with the DVDs will be more successful in describing the appeal of Rossini and this opera in particular than me, but from my personal point of view this music is now my perfect antidote to the autumn-winter season blues.

Conductor. I had noticed Jean-Christophe Spinosi previously with some baroque projects, and in this opera he brings in all his energy and enthusiasm to bring out the full dynamic potential of the music. And that makes all the difference between this and some other versions with less-inspired conduction which make this opera even sound boring and slow. But with Spinosi... you might want to even conduct an imaginary orchestra along him, so inspiring is his overflowing energy!

Singers. They are brilliant! None of them are big stars, but they all have fantastic, pleasant voices and it is a rarity to have the whole cast so well-matched without real weak links. Besides, they are all young singers and that also allows to make them do all sorts of silly things on the stage. My particular favourite is Joan Martin-Royo as Macrobio - looks like an idiot, behaves like an idiot, but what a voice!
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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 2007 presentation of Rossini's early operatic success, La Pietra del Paragone', is a total success in my opinion but strictly on its own unique terms. Although Rossini was only 25 at the time of writing it, you would never know from its highly skilful vocal and instrumental writing or its dramatic setting. it was very popular with contemporary audiences.

The current conductor, Jean-Christophe Spinosi, feels passionately that this is no less than a masterpiece and establishes his point of view in a detailed interview under the bonus section of this presentation. There is also a detailed interview with the creator of the video techniques used. It is these that will make or break this recording for most purchasers. Another unusual feature of this presentation is the 116 page book, (half in French and half in English), which goes into numerous aspects of the music, the musicians, the production and the technicians in considerable detail.

As regards the conductor and the orchestra, what we have here is an impassioned delivery of the music on original instruments. This allows for correct balancing and textures as envisioned by Rossini and every tiny detail of phrasing and dynamics is scrupulously observed, sometimes at breakneck speeds, all of which are executed with jaw-dropping brilliance by the singers as well as the instrumentalists.

All the singers are truly outstanding. It is a young team who were particularly flexible in terms of the production requirements which demanded tremendous capability in terms of facial expression. Sonia Prina as Clarisa has a highly developed sense of humour, which coupled with a dazzling vocal technique, makes her beyond compare in my opinion.
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