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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic, 21 July 2005
This review is from: Gluck - Orphée et Eurydice / Robert Wilson, John Eliot Gardiner, Théâtre du Châtelet [1999] [DVD] [2001] (DVD)
The ingredients for this production - Gardiner at the helm, the marvellous Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, the equally wonderful Monteverdi Choir, and the simply breathtaking Magdalena Kozena - give you a fair impression of the quality and sheer artistic beauty of this recording. In this case, though, and at the risk of probably deserved hyperbole, the recording is even more than the sum of its parts; it certainly transcended my lofty expectations.
Completely spellbinding from start to finish, Gluck's masterpiece tells the story of the mortal who entered Hell in order to recover his lost lover. This production is of Hector Berlioz's revision of the breakthrough opera seria, reconciling the original piece with the expanded French version that Gluck created in 1774 with the librettist Pierre-Louis Moline. Dramatic and rather sombre throughout, the sell-out ending will irritate, but hardly blemish the unmitigated beauty of the piece.
The only slight reservation I have about recommending this recording is the bout of influenza that must have been going around Paris at the time of the live performance; the audience seems to cough their way through most of the overture, and quite a lot of the opening scene, a distraction the listener could really do without.
This notwithstanding, I unreservedly suggest purchasing this DVD. I bought it a month or so ago and with the number of times I've listened to it I must have got my money's worth at least twice over.
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Initial post: 20 Jan 2011 17:32:59 GMT
kristel says:
without frensh subtitles this dvd is without value to me,its makes me angry that the english people believe that all the word must know THEIR langue those who do not speak english they pretend that they do not exist

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jan 2011 15:01:50 GMT
Oyarsa says:
Same work for me as Spanish. I do understand English but not my family so not a buy for me despite the praised wonders.
Such a pity!

Posted on 24 Jul 2012 08:33:57 BDT
Is it soft coughing, or really harsh guttural throat-clearing?
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