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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 1 January 2016
The walls on stage look like they're carved out of giant stone slabs. Lighting used effectively. Good stage direction too. Superb HD video. The singers are all at the top of their game, particularly Waltraud Meyer as Clytemnestra; she's a bit of a show stealer, her expression, voice and diction are perfect for the role. Daniele Gatti gives brilliant interpretation with flawless playing by the orchestra. Balance of the recording is slightly in favour of the singers, which means some of the intricate orchestral passages aren't as clear as they would be if you're at the actual performance and as a result the singing sounds a bit shouty on the bluray in loud sections. Having said that, the moment of Elektra's recognition of Orestes is much smoother than I expected. I would have preferred it a bit more jarring, including a brief pause before the first utterance of "Orest" which is delivered smoothly instead of "astonished" as I'd expect Elektra to be at that point. Also not really any dancing from her after the revenge is enacted. She basically staggers crawls around the stage a bit. But they do reveal the murder scene after the deed, which isn't usually something that is seen on stage (just referred to as somethings that happened behind the scene) and after Elektra drops dead, an interesting visual interpretation of the continuing tragedy with increasing darkness: clouds from above and demonic creatures lurking up from below. The orchestra's final bars are electrifying and spine tingling. I replayed the final sequence
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on 26 August 2014
I consider this performance only rivalled by the old Böhm recording (only available on DVD). Sadly it substantially betters the new Aix-en-Provence release due entirely to what should have been a wonderful performance suffering two fatal flaws: The lighting is just too dark and the English subtitles are in some form of mediaeval English and unintelligible. Here all is in balance and the singing and acting are superb. If you want a modern Elektra to hold you in your seat this is the one. If however you know the work well and only want to listen then the Aix performance has its merits. At current prices this Blu-ray disc is a steal!
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on 12 October 2014
Generally a fine performance. I have reservations with Irene Theorin's Elektra. It is not really an Elektra voice and the constant vibrato is a bit tiresome.
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on 12 January 2016
VERY GOOD
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on 1 September 2014
Excellent !
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on 26 August 2014
No use to me since there are no subtitles available.
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