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Rossini: La Cenerentola [DVD] [2009]

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  • Actors: Joyce DiDonato, Juan Diego Florez, Bruno de Simone, Simón Orfila, Patrick Summers
  • Directors: Joan Font, Xavi Bové
  • Writers: Gioachino Rossini, Jacopo Ferretti
  • Producers: Gran Teatre del Liecu
  • Format: AC-3, Box set, Classical, Colour, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Catalan
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan. 2010
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PU6SUA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Juan Diego Florez and Joyce Di Donato star in this 2008 production of Rossini's 1817 Cinderella-inspired opera 'La Cenerentola' at Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. Patrick Summers conducts the Orchestra and Chorus Gran Teatre del Liceu de Barcelona.

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I was nearly put off buying this by Ms Spotheim's review as I already have the excellent Von Stade/Abbado/Ponnelle version but, as a fan of Florez, decided to give it a chance at Amazon's currently very reasonable price and am glad I did.

I played the disc on a Sony blu-ray player on a Sony Bravia TV through a Yamaha amplifer/speakers set up and didn't find the sound a problem - a bit brash at times but the voices were true to what I have heard of the principals in the theatre. As anticipated, Florez has the role right in his voice and is a total pleasure. Ms diDonato is more than adequate and, even if she does not have one of those instantly recognisable voices, is infinitely preferable to Cecilia Bartolli who, for me, attacks the role in a way that takes away the vulnerability of Cenerentola (and I found my self agreeing with the sisters when they tell her to stop droning on about the 'Re' in her repeating 'leit motif' song) and she overacts to an astonishing degree. Also, I find the way she (Bartolli)adopts that pecking motion when she sings coloratura very unpleaseant to watch - a personal reaction I know but ... Dandini and the supporting cast are fine.

The one thing that lost the disc a star was the production, supernumaries scurrying about on all fours in rat masks outstay their welcome very quickly, Dandini's push-me-pull-you horse is just plain odd and the male chorus guy their entrances as seems to be the way with most productions of Cenerentola I have seen. Ponnelle's production now shows it's age in it's filmic style but would still be my top recommendation for this work - von Stade is simply adorable.
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Fabulous singing by Juan Diego Florez, Joyce DiDonato,who is probably the world's best Cenerentola at the moment, and a wonderful supporting cast and orchestra. But the whole thing is jeopardised by extras dressed as rats who fool about throughout the opera and distract from the singing. One to watch with your eyes closed.
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A Christmas present-I really liked this DVD.I'm not familiar with this version of the Cinderella story,although,of course,most people will know the more 'traditional' pantomime/fairly tale story. It works very well.The costumes and stage sets are colourful and imaginative,the story line is easy to follow.Great fun(the performers appear to be enjoying it too),and I'm sure children would enjoy it as much as adults.This would be an ideal post-Christmas treat for anyone suffering from a surfeit of 'Christmas Specials'.
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a wonderful, charming and musically exquisit opera murdered by an idiotic production - boring and not even for children amusing. DiDonato shows brilliant singing like always.it is better to use this Video like a cd - without picture.
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Here we have a Decca DVD of the Liceu production that was scheduled to be released in Blu-ray but was canceled. What we are left with here is the standard DVD version which I will compare with another Decca standard DVD version, that of the Huston Grand Opera with Cecilia Bartoli.

Right from the start it s obvious that the liceu production has a threadbare stringy sound:
The overture does not have that magical sound that will set our mood into the magic world of the story and most annoying is the cymbal clashes sonic that are akin to a distorted sneeze.
In contrast to this, the sonic of Decca release of the Huston Grand Opera is much more robust, dynamic and full-bodied, and that sound quality carries itself through the whole recording (speaking of the sonic quality of both productions).
Moreover, the sonic quality of this Liceu production has the characteristic of being cut and pasted, one sound-field piece upon the other piece, without depth perspective and no `who is bigger than the other': this is also obvious with the singing voices: the audio recording does not differentiate between who singles softer and who sings more with a full-throat - that, is courtesy of the multi microphones used throughout and the use of personnel microphones being glued to the singer's head or shoulders.
With the Huston production this sonic difference is very obvious: more `breathe' to the sound, more sweetness and more dynamics there.
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