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Salome [DVD] [2011]

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  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, German, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Japanese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: CLASSICAL
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000C1V82G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 130,350 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Giuseppe Sinopoli conducts the Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin performing Richard Strauss' music drama in one act, 'Salome'.

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As with his Elektra at last summers Salzburg Festival, Lehnhoffs strength in this Salome is the psychological accuracy and musicality of his direction In Baden-Baden Lehnhoff can rely on a superb ensemble led by Angela Denoke, with her stunning singing and acting An enthralling premiere that thoroughly deserved its rapturous reception. --Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

The rest of the cast has been carefully selected, and the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin under Stefan Soltesz ranges from passionate lyricism to orgiastic thundering. Soltesz has no need to dominate he knows where to emphasise, where to come to the fore, where to hold back. These are professionals at work, with nothing problematical or over-interpreted it is quite simply a masterful modern operatic performance, convincingly presented with clarity and careful attention to detail. --Die Welt

German Lyric dramatic soprano Angela Denoke wins her place in the sun as a lithe if hardly sex-kittenish Salome. She has an expressive, secure and slightly dark-timbered voice. Performance *** Picture &Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,Apr'12 --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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This is a theatre production which has been recorded on video tape live in the theatre - the reason I start with this is because very little has been done to cater for home viewing - the lighting is poor as it has not been reset for filming, they've just used the theatrical lighting. The video quality is generally poor, and there are very few close ups, lots of static camera views from the back of the auditorium. The staging is pretty dull, and certainly the first 10 minutes or so is dreadful, the singers just standing on stage, limp and facing the front, with no sense of the narrative unfolding around them. Just as I was despairing, Catherine Malfitano steps onto the stage and things begin to hot up pretty quickly from then on. From the outset she is obviously a mature singer, but manages to portray the teenage temptress with stunning conviction. The big confrontation between her and Simon Estes' towering Jokanaan sizzles, and as she barely leaves the stage for a moment she carries the momentum of this extraordinary piece to its gory conclusion. The supporting cast are good - Leonie Rysanek does the usual cariacture of Herodias, but Simon Estes gives a dignified but powerfully graceful Baptist. I've not been a great fan of Sinopoli's conducting, but I have to admit that here he does have a deftness of touch to carry this score through its great one-act arc. So certainly not the best production on DVD (try Malfitano in Luc Bondy's Covent Garden production, or Maria Ewing in Peter Hall's production) but worth it for Malfitano's staggering performance alone.
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By ziggy_fan TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2007
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I found this performance very enjoyable, and also uncomfortable at the same time (pretty much as Wilde and later Strauss would have envisaged I'm guessing) and nearly as good as a live performance I saw with the Welsh National Opera performing in the mid-80s. The reasons I say nearly as good as the live is that a DVD can't beat actually being at the performance, but this came close. The staging is very good, the singing is spot on and Malfitano is great in the lead. Others to point out for excellence are the parts of Narraboth, sung beautifully especially at the very beginning of the piece, and of course Estes as Jochanaan. The sections towards the end with Salome's "soliloquy" to the head of Jochannan is very very cringe-worthy but like I said earlier, I am sure that is the intention of the piece, and hence the reaction from Herod at the very end! Sinopoli's conducting, goes without saying, is fantastic!
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