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3.0 out of 5 stars
A curate's egg, 24 Mar 2010
Ok, brief and to the point.
This is a pretty averagely put together dvd, though the sound is not more than acceptable - and the first scene is not balanced very well as there are so many disparate voices in it. It is adequately edited and directed for the screen, no more.
And the subtitles are really annoying - they break off in mid sentence and leave the rest hanging in the air at very inappropriate moments.
The production itself is silly. Infantile and dated. It reminds me of David Alden at his worst. Give it up - cross dressing and gratuitious bare breasted nymphettes were tired in 1986, let alone now.
The feather-head-dressed showgirls appearing to herald Elektra's triumphal dance at the end made laugh in mockery at the screen. This is not what Strauss intended.
Von Dohnyani conducts well and the cast are adequate to good, except for Eva Johansson in the title role. She, despite being togged up in an extremely unflattering get up, appearing like a disaffected hoodie hanging about in an urban city centre, is astounding.
I bought this dvd for her performance - having seen a clip on youtube - and from that point of view I was not disappointed.
But there is not much else to really recommend it.
For Ms Johnasson it is a 5 star performance.
For the rest it is a 1-2 star outting. I am splitting the difference.