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Verdi - Requiem / Price, Pavarotti, Cossotto, Ghiaurov, von Karajan, Teatro alla Scala [DVD] [2005]
Verdi - Requiem / Price, Pavarotti, Cossotto, Ghiaurov, von Karajan, Teatro alla Scala [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Herbert von Karajan
Price: £14.96

9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars fantastic singing, shame about the camerwork, 20 Oct. 2007
This is an example of what happens when the enthusiasm of the director gets in the way of the art. A simple basic rule of filming singers is that the camera stays on the singer all the time they are singing. On this dvd Henri-Georges Clouzot constantly moves the camera off the singers half-way through the phrase. It's distracting and makes it impossible to focus properly on the music. Given that in this instance the singers include at least two of the greatest of the great, it's particularly distressing.


La Traviata: The Royal Opera House [DVD] [2005]
La Traviata: The Royal Opera House [DVD] [2005]
Dvd ~ Angela Gheorghiu
Offered by Fulfillment Express
Price: £18.89

13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great singing, problem with the sound, 11 Mar. 2007
Decca ought to consider whether using surround sound is really such a good idea. Surround sound tends to emphasise background noise. Add to this the tendency for modern systems to favour low-frequency sounds, and personally I find the scenes with chorus marred by a distracting clumping of feet and shuffling of bodies.
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