Francois Ganot

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (34 of 47)
Location: France


Top Reviewer Ranking: 506,205 - Total Helpful Votes: 34 of 47
Bizet: Carmen ~ Georges Bizet
Bizet: Carmen ~ Georges Bizet
17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A total disaster ..., 6 Sep 2012
I am sorry not to agree with the former comments, but I can't let say that this Carmen is a "great modern recording". Since I am french this opera is of great importance to me. Nothing works in this recording, except Kaufmann who sings a marvellous Don José despite his german accent. Kozena (Mrs Rattle in the life) is definitely not Carmen, she uses portamento and "parler-chanter" in order to build her role and the result is only crude and ridiculous (listen to the final scene for instance). Carmen is a very complex role, but she definitely cannot be unrefined. Escamillo does not sing, MicaŽla is only acceptable. And what about Rattle ? With one of the best possible orchestra, he… Read more
Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (Philharmonie Berlin 1992&hellip <b>Blu-ray</b> ~ Berliner Philharmoniker
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous, 11 July 2012
Celibidache did not conduct the Berlin Philharmonic for 38 years, after the death of Furtwängler with whom he shared it during the post-war years. Then, Karajan was finally chosen as the lifetime conductor. What would have been the musical story of this orchestra, undoubtedly very different !

The concert given here is a miracle. Far beyond the questions of tempi, the music is always moving forward, in the time and in the space (yes, maybe it is slow, but this is not what you hear eventually). Such an experience is in accordance with the will of the master, recorded live and without any technical trick. Listening to Celibidache is already a unique experience, but watching a… Read more
Face to Face [DVD] [1976] [Region 1] [US Import] [&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Liv Ullmann
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
At least this masterwork by Bergman is available on DVD. The questions dealing with the quality of the transfer appear to be irrelevant. Of course it is not a high definition DVD, and this is originally a film done for the Swedish television in 1975, but fortunately one could also see it on a larger screen in the last seventies (in France) and I remember the first time I saw it more than 35 years ago. That was a shock, and it remains one. The performance of Liv Ullmann is definitely overwhelming and terrifying, may be in her best one among her breathtaking roles in other film by Bergman. The movie itself questions about love, death, illness, depression and "how death and love permeate each… Read more