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Maybe the best Merry Widow on DVD at the moment,
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This is a really good version. It has many of the things which are essential to a satisfying performance: it is sung in German (with sometimes comical subtitles), the sets are suitably traditional without being stuffy, the conducting (Welser-Most) is excellent, and the principal couple (Schellenberger, Gilfry) are young enough and act brilliantly (even if they are not as powerful vocally as they might be). Among the rest of the cast, Ute Gferer is terrific as Valencienne, Piotr Beczala is strong vocally as Rosillon, and Herbert Prikopa is hilarious as Njegus (and stand-in conductor). The music is played with a wonderful lilt, and the whole thing is a lot of fun.
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Initial post: 17 Oct 2009 17:53:41 BDT
Judy Spotheim says:
And mind you, the picture rivals a Blu-Ray in quality. The sound is excellent and the costumes and decor are a pleasure for the eye. Clearily, the stage is the small Zurich-Opera-house but the staging and decor makes it looks a bit bigger than it is. An excellent item.
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Glilla Bear says:
You mention "lilt" and I am about to buy this dvd. Welser-Most certainly does have the hang of Viennese music - as well as the hang of an awful lot of more serious stuff. What a pity he had to go to Cleveland to be properly appreciated. The LPO, through their ridiculous attitude to him, lost a gem and never really made the most (sorry - there's an Umlaut, anyway!) of his enormous talents. I am sure I shall enjoy watching this performance.
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