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Rossini: La Gazza Ladra (Dynamic: 55567) [Blu-ray] [2006] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Paolo Bordogna, K.Papatheologou, Dimitry Korchak, Mariola Cantarero, Alex Esposito
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Dynamic
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Jan. 2012
  • Run Time: 201 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006K70A52
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 149,544 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Dynamic are proud to present, for the first time on Blu-ray, Rossinis La Gazza Ladra The Thieving Magpie recorded at the prestigious Rossini Opera Festival in 2007 (standard DVD release 33567). The stage is set in modern times and the whole story is presented as the dream of a young girl who plays the role of the magpie. The brilliant, rousing overture was made famous thanks to the soundtrack of Stanley Kubricks motion picture A Clockwork Orange.

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This is a great production; but, first of all, some considerations concerning magpies. The magpie, a large, long-tailed black and white bird, is a member of the crow family. During my formative years in rural Suffolk, living as I did in close contact with five members of the crow family: rook, carrion crow, jackdaw, jay and magpie, I grew to know them and their habits very well indeed and I could tell each species just by listening to its voice. The jays, who lived in a large wood near my home, were the most colourful of the five species, but had the harshest voices. Once, after we had had tea on the lawn on a sunny summer afternoon, a magpie carried away a teaspoon which had been dropped on the grass. Magpies, who sometimes feast on other birds eggs, always build their large stick nests with a roof on them, thus preventing their own nests from being robbed. Outside of the breeding season I once climbed up to have a close look at a magpie's nest and found that various bright and/or colourful objects had been woven into the stick-work.

Bearing all this in mind, I have to say that Rossini was spot on with his interpretation of the magpie and Sandhya Nagaraja could not have acted the part better had she been a real magpie. An example of this is when she is looking sometimes out of a large pipe and sometimes over the top of a pile of pipes. This is what birds do. I've seen birds perching in the open ends of large pipes and also on top of them and sometimes they will make their way right through the pipe just like Sandhya does in the opera. Since the whole play of the opera is centred on the magpie, understanding the bird and its place in the ecosystem considerably enhances one's appreciation of the work.
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GET THIS DVD! I cannot praise this wonderfully inventive production enough - having been in the audience at the Rossini Festival for it, ic an honestly say this was one of the most thoughtful, witty and watchable productions I've ever seen.

From the opening sinfonia where a young girl is trying to go to sleep, eventually waking up in a dream where she become the magpie of the title to the moment where Ninetta's father rushes into the courtroom and the heartrending funeral march, this performance is about as perfect as you can get. The singers are ideal, the Pippo and Ninetta especially and you'll want to watch this again & again.

BUY IT!!!
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There's an air of familiarity to Rossini's La Gazza Ladra (The Thieving Magpie), and it's not just the famous overture (reputedly dashed off the evening before the first performance) that is second in popularity only to the composer's overture to William Tell, nor in this case is it anything to do with the composer's habit of reusing his music for other compositions. What is familiar to the point of predictability in La Gazza Ladra (written in 1817 between la Cenerentola and Armida) is the manner in which its opera semiseria melodrama plotline plays out. What differentiates this opera from other lesser examples of the style is the fact that - obviously - it's by Rossini, and being Rossini, the music is always melodically thrilling and inventive. The hook in this particular opera is of course that thieving magpie theme that flits through the opera musically, as well as the recognition of it as a playful dramatic theme, a deus ex machina element, that pops in now and again to move the plot along and prevent it from getting bogged down in melodramatic excess.

A period staging won't cut it in a modern context when the plot can be as stodgy and old-fashioned as this, even with Rossini's music to enliven it. At the same time, it's a mistake to get too clever, since the singers have enough on their plates with the extreme technical demands on their singing without being encumbered with elaborate acting and movements. Directed by Damiano Michieletto, this production - like most for this style of opera nowadays - goes for stylised colourful, minimalist, picture-book style imagery with no attempt at realism of locations, and theatrical costumes of no fixed period or style.
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This is a superb production from Pesaro. It is presented in the highest technical standards of audio and video, which set Dynamic in a class of its own, a notch or two above all competitors. I have both the DVD version and the blu-ray of this issue. Last night I finished watching the blu-ray and made a comparison with the DVD. I observed no motion artifacts on any of my 3 displays, as long as both players and TV's were set up correctly (it ain't so simple anymore, there are too many features and variables). The video resolution of the player has to be set on 1080i, not auto, source direct or anything else. LCD's with a motion enhancer feature will benefit from having it on. If you look obsessively for motion artifacts you will find some subtle ones on more than half of the discs of live performances when watching LCD's, but if it's not a ballet they are so subtle and infrequent that it's insignificant (I suppose depending on the quality of your equipment). Both the DVD and the blu-ray are of excellent quality as far as video and audio (I only have a stereo set-up). I heard no difference in the audio because Dynamic's DVD's already have the best possible audio. The video is sharper on the blu-ray. The reason it is not dramatically sharper is that Dynamic's DVD's already have the best possible video, particularly when used in a top rated upscaling player like my oppo-bdp-93. This is why Dynamic spread this long opera on 2 discs on the DVD issue - to get as many bits of sound resolution and video definition in. The blu-ray issue is already double layered (50 GB). To get an even sharper image they would have had to spread it on a second blu-ray disc (the opera is 202 minutes long and has a PCM stereo and 2 surround sound tracks).Read more ›
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