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Richard Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier - Royal Opera H&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Kiri Te Kanawa
52 of 53 people found the following review helpful
Doubtless some faddish, modernist producer would think this production of Der Rosenkavalier was unnecessarily overdesigned - so lavish are the sets and costumes. They would doubtless have the Marschallin and Octavian dressed in black against a plain white wall - stripping it back to some idea of 'emotional truth' or some other inane concept. I am glad to say there is no such rubbish here - as you may have surmised from Dame Kiri Te Kanawa's costume on the DVD cover. This is indeed a most luxurious production. Sets and costumes are simply wonderful - bringing librettist Hugo von Hofmannsthal's romanticised vision of seventeenth century Vienna to vivid life - they would certainly suggest to… Read more
Mozart: Requiem - Wiener Philharmoniker (Solti) [D&hellip <b>DVD</b> ~ Georg Solti
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A balancing opinion, 5 May 2005
This has to be viewed in a little context. The original is a TV production, recorded live on the 5th December 1991 - the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death. Being a TV production from 1991 the picture is a little 'foggy' in comparison with a modern production. This however is of little importance with what is essentially an historic document with both conductor Sir Georg Solti and soprano Arleen Auger both no longer with us(tragically early in the case of Auger).
As for the sound, I must part company with the other reviewer - for I find it to be superb in every respect - the ambience of the venue captured to wonderful effect - whether on the PCM Stereo or DTS 5.1 Surround soundtracks… Read more
The Phantom of the Opera [DVD] [2004] <b>DVD</b> ~ Gerard Butler
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great film. Emmy Rossum has lovely screen presence but is not Sarah Brightman, and maybe an alternate solution similar to the one found for Minnie Driver (an excellent singer herself in her own genre - but no West End or Opera voice to call on) should have been sought. Emmy has a pleasing voice but the pinched high notes suggest she was struggling with the more 'operatic' passages. On the other hand I find Gerard Butler's singing quite refreshingly unmannered and natural where Michael Crawford could sound very 'produced' and over theatrical - which I am aware is a lame criticism of a great performance by Crawford - just a personal preference.
The DVD however - wow! Now we are freed… Read more

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