So I read about a so called truly wonderful performance and a fire breathing horse which is obviously spectacular and weapons and military uniforms that are clearly not related to an Ancient Greek setting but this appears to be of no concern - WHAT? - I really don't think that Berlioz would agree. My favourite composer for a desert island is Berlioz and if the only equipment available to play this opera was per CD the choice would be easy - Colin Davis conducting his famous acclaimed recording. But on DVD other elements come to the fore as well as the pure music and that of the singers and orchestra which ARE - is it a traditional performance? - Is it set in the right period? - Are there any other 'way-out' things such as nudity where none is required? - These are the things that are important to Berlioz and opera enthusiasts like me and many many others who look for the manner in which these operas are performed. So back to the recent DVD release of The Trojans - that and two others pale into insignificance in comparison to the DVD of Les Troyens as performed by the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by James Levine featuring Tatiana Troyanos, Jessye Norman, Placido Domingo and Allen Monk - "Brilliant". OK -so it is not wide screen nor are there fireworks coming from the nostrils of the horse - BUT what a brilliant performance!
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