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Die Zauberflöte: Wiener Philharmoniker (Solti) [DVD] [2012]

3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews

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  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese, German
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Dec. 2012
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00972YW1U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,315 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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George Solti conducts the Wiener Philharmoniker in this production of Mozart's most famous opera. René Pape heads a cast which includes Deon van der Walt, Herbert Lippert and Luciana Serra.

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Singing EXCELLENT Q of N and 3 Boys superb!!!
Costumes FAIR I think the Priests looked more Chinese than Egyptian as the sets implied they should be!
Stage management FAIR-GOOD
Sets GOOD
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THE PICTURE ONLY FILLS THREE QUARTERS OF THE SCREEN ....this is really annoying as it really does spoil the over all effect zooming does not improve!
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There is little in R Olsavicky's learned review (amazon.com; three stars) with which I disagree. The television productions values here are not ideal, although the stage is the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground so you have to cut some slack to the early-1990s cameramen. I also agree that the sound disappoints; there is a fine orchestra in the pit and we don't hear enough of it.

The high point of the DVD is the cast. A very young Rene Pape brings warmth if not vocal dominance to Sarastro; Deon van der Walt is excellent as Tamino -- perhaps his career-defining role; Luciana Serra (Queen of the Night) nails both of her notoriously difficult arias; Anton Scharinger is a lively ham-acting Papageno. Ruth Ziesak gets a pass mark from me for her Pamina. You get the bonus quirk of Georg Solti playing the glockenspiel, hamming it up with Scharinger .

Overall I give it four stars on value for money. I picked this up from my surprisingly high-brow local record store for AU$24.95 and I'm feeling pretty happy about that as an investment for over three hours of quality Mozart opera. For that price you normally have to put up with the second-tier Opus Arte productions.
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Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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3.0 out of 5 stars A MIXED BAG THAT IN THE END DISAPPOINTS! 28 Dec. 2012
By R. Olsavicky - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not an easy review. There are some real issues with this performance and especially with the DVD quality! I expect more in quality from DECCA.
1) I am very disappointed with the Video part of this production. The picture just fills only 3/4 of my HD screen. Definition is very poor with many blurring problems. When singers in bright costumes move too fast a ghostly blur follows them. Lighting is far too dark at times and one can barely see the singers at times. This is picturewise a less than good video recording. In fact I have some private DVDS with much better picture and sound production.
2) The Sound Quality is not that great either. It's muffled or muted much of the time. The excellent Weiner Philharmoniker is too much in the background.
3) The Sets are okay; just not inspired. Set changes often are way too long and the viewer sits in his/her living room in total darkness and wonders if the DVD is having problems or has stopped. These long pauses are very distracting and should have been edited out.
4) The stage directing is very weak and at times none exsistent. Too many times a character enters and just "parks and barks." Tamino often runs in turns and sings with no motivation. The poor Queen in both arias gets no help from the director. In the first her costume sabotages her...her qown is the set. In the second she just stands there and sings to the Conductor. Luciana Serra deserved better than this. The three ladies just do traffic patterns for no apparent reason and with nonexistant motivation.
5) Some of the costumes just work, some work(the priests) and some are outright disasters. Tamino's and Pamina's are very bad. My Grandmother has better "house dresses" than Tamino's feminine rags.
6) Make up and hair styles are not always flattering i.e. Pamina's braid and Tamino's red marks on his forehead.
7) Most of the singers are really fine; especially, a very young Rene Pape and Deon Van Der Walt. Luciana Serra's very bright voice works well for The Queen Of The Night. Ruth Ziesak is a weak Pamina. Her top just doesn't float and she does squeeze at times. Anton Scharinger is just adequate as Papageno. The three ladies are only Okay. The three boys are very good.
8) Solti's conducting is fine; I just like Muti so much more in 2006 at Salzburg.
IN CONCLUSION: This DVD has some weak production values that DECCA should have addressed or left in the Vault. It isn't worth the money I spent on it and does neither DECCA or THE SALZBURG FESTIVAL JUSTICE. I don't expect to view this again.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good value 28 Jun. 2015
By AS Chalmers - Published on Amazon.com
There is little in R Olsavicky's learned review with which I disagree. The television productions values here are not ideal, although the stage is the size of the Melbourne Cricket Ground so you have to cut some slack to the early-1990s cameramen. I also agree that the sound disappoints; there is a fine orchestra in the pit and we don't hear enough of it.

The high point of the DVD is the cast. A very young Rene Pape brings warmth if not vocal dominance to Sarastro; Deon van der Walt is excellent as Tamino -- perhaps his career-defining role; Luciana Serra (Queen of the Night) nails both of her notoriously difficult arias; Anton Scharinger is a lively ham-acting Papageno. Ruth Ziesak gets a pass mark from me for her Pamina. You get the bonus quirk of Georg Solti playing the glockenspiel, hamming it up with Scharinger .

Overall I give it four stars on value for money. I picked this up from my surprisingly high-brow local record store for AU$24.95 and I'm feeling pretty happy about that as an investment for over three hours of quality Mozart opera. For that price you normally have to put up with the second-tier Opus Arte productions.
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