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Tchaikovsky: Pique Dame (The Queen of Spades) [DVD] [2002]

4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Yuri Marusin, Nancy Gustafson, Felicity Palmer, Sergei Leiferkus, Dimitri Kharitonov
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Russian, Castilian
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish
  • 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: ARTHAUS
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jan. 2002
  • Run Time: 170 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005Y0MY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,689 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Sound: PCM Stereo
Picture: 4:3
Menu languages: GB, D, F, SP
Subtitles: GB, D, F, SP
Region code: 2,5

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This Glyndebourne production of Pique Dame ("The Queen of Spades") received rave reviews when it appeared in 1992 due to its claustrophobic intensity and powerful acting, and these qualities help it to transfer to DVD with great success. Graham Vick's direction ensures that the story is told clearly and simply but includes a wealth of telling details: the pastoral scene from Act 2, for example, uses the boys from the opening chorus as comical sheep and the effect is enchanting. But there are much darker undertones too: Richard Hudson's slanting, angular designs produce a disorientating atmosphere which mirrors Herman's increasing mental deterioration with uncanny precision. There is a brilliant stroke of visual assonance when the Countess returns to haunt Herman and all the furniture from her death scene appears on the roof.

The singing is generally good, though Yuri Marusin's voice may not be to everyone's taste; sometimes he sounds like he's shouting, and his frequent lack of vibrato produces a piercing, uncomfortable effect. Nancy Gustafson is a fine Lisa, however, and Dimitri Kharitonov (Yeletsky) is heartbreaking in the famous "Ya vas lyublyu" ("I love you") aria. For overall better singing but a more plodding production, try the 1992 Kirov recording, but for spine-tingling drama this is the one to go for.

On the DVD: Pique Dame on disc has subtitles in English, German, French and Spanish. The camerawork captures the odd angularity of the designs and gives an excellent account of a fast-paced, powerful production.--Warwick Thomson

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