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4.0 out of 5 stars mozart's your man, 13 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Mozart: Idomeneo [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
There is an awful lot to recommend about this production which has recently appeared on DVD. Dramatically I find parts of it rather inert and overly stylised. Admittedly, this isn't a particularly 'action-driven' opera, but I feel the acting is too often a little generalised and staid.
Musically, however, it's a real treat. The singing is almost uniformly excellent, and the playing of the orchestra under Haitink's beautifully paced and finely nuanced account is as good as anything on record. Philip Langridge is the (now familiar) King. His singing is typically expressive and there is a wonderful range of colour in this interpretation, which to my ears sounds better than his more recent Glyndebourne assumption of the role. True, he doesn't bring the sheer vocal glamour of a Domingo or a Pavarotti, but he is more than a match for them in every other department, and a more natural singer of Mozart than either of them. Jerry Hadley sings his son, Idamante, a role which is more usually taken by a mezzo today. I think of him more as a Lensky or Tamino, but he is young here and sounds fresh and vibrant, and, if his delivery is revealed as a little standardised, this is only because of the strength of the rest of the cast.
Carol Vaness is a fantastic Elettra. It's refreshing to hear someone sound so properly Italianate (you can hear Toscas round the corner) in a role which is often cast with a harder-sounding Germanic voice. Her singing here is at least the equal of her Fiordiligi (also from Glyndebourne with Haitink) - which to me is high praise. Yvonne Kenny looks and sounds ravishing as Ilia, a gorgeously rewarding assumption of a beautifully written role. Again, this may be a fuller voice than one might today associate with this role, but she brings great honesty and opulence of tone to her singing.
The smaller roles are well-taken. Anthony Roden - himself a wonderfully memorable Idomeneo - is a powerful vocal presence as the High Priest, and the voice of Neptune is sung by the tremendously resonant Roderick Kennedy. Perhaps the only disappointment is Thomas Hemsley, who sounds like a curious bit of casting in the baritenor role of Arbace.
Warmly recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, 3 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Mozart: Idomeneo [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
This is a fine recording of a fine cast. The sound is fairly consistently high quality. I have slight reservations about the production, which is overly stylised and frequently rather inert. True, this is not a particularly action-driven opera, but much of it is presented in a straightforward 'stand-and-sing' way. Which lets the dramatic side of things down somewhat, yet is hardly a disaster given the generally first-class singing.
Langridge brings his characteristic gravitas to the title role. Here is a tremendously well-thought-out performance. Perhaps he doesn't bring the sheer vocal glamour of, say, a Pavarotti or a Domingo, whose versions are also available, but he sings not only with proper weight and superb intelligence, but also with a gripping intensity of meaning. Carol Vaness is almost ideal as Elettra. She sounds dramatically incisive and it's great to hear this rewarding and challenging Mozart role done by someone in whose voice there is a rightly Italianate flavour, with Tosca already not far away from her voice. Yvonne Kenny looks and sounds beautiful in the role of Ilia - 'Zeffiretti' is exquisite delivered, and hers is a fuller voice than one might hear as Ilia today, but no worse for that in my humble opinion. The youngish Jerry Hadley is more familiar to me as a Tamino or a Lenksy, but this, too, is singing of high quality - ardent and ringing, if a little shown up by his colleagues as wanting for more variety of vocal colour. Perhaps the one disappointment might be Thomas Hemsley as Arbace, Idomeneo's confidant, who sounds like a curious bit of casting. Anthony Roden is in fine voice as the High Priest, and Roderick Kennedy as the Voice of Neptune is impressively sonourous.
The orchestral playing is fantastic, and Haitink is every bit as good as any of his rivals in this rich score.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gilbert & Sullivan The Mikado, 26 Feb 2009
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Mrs. Jill Kelbrick (N Yorkshire) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mozart: Idomeneo [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
B000795LDK William Conrad (The Mikado)DVD
I was especially thrilled with this DVD as it turned out to be a much
improved version of the old Video Tape we have had for years and wasn`t worth playing any more. The DVD is brilliant as are all the singers.
Jill Kelbrick
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