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An excellent concept and performance but now hampered by dated recording techniques such as that at the recent Gylndebourne
on 24 November 2011
I owned this production for several years and always enjoyed it not only for its musical values, but more particularly, for the interaction between the protagonists on stage. I have not shared the feelings of disappointment expressed by a couple of other reviewers but perhaps they have a point.
However, I have become increasingly aware of this production's deficiencies as a recording made ever more clear by each new high definition purchase. Finally I have replaced it with two rival Blu-ray productions, both of which give equal musical and dramatic pleasure and with considerably enhanced recording values.
The nearest in style is the excellent Glyndebourne production by Opus Arte. There is also a fine performance under Welser-Most on Arthaus. These two would be my preferred recommendations now, whatever the previous attractions of the Gardiner version listed here.
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