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I have been familiar with Cosi ever since I can remember. From an aria or two on my dad's 78RPM records to the beautiful Otto Klemperer recording on vinyl and later on to many VHS tapes and then the Gardiner version, although good, started appearing a little jaded thanks to average acting and dramatization.
So when I felt I should have a fresh new DVD (sans Eurotrash), I thought I would look up the views of the reviewing proletariat - and thought I would risk buying this one.
THANKS GUYS.... Whatever you have stated in all the previous 10 reviews to this is almost absolutely correct. This is the nearest thing that is akin to an un-putdownable book that I have seen. So fresh, vibrant in acting and absolutely precise sublime singing and interpretation. I think I will measure any other Cosi by the standard of this one.
Not just period costumes, but sets that are minimal, but bright and not jungle-jims or abstract pillars and stuff that do not distract, but bring out the essence of the interpretation. I am also overjoyed that it has been performed by artistes thus far not known to me... maybe they are doing well these days, must look that up now.
Just that I do not agree with one reviewer here who stated that the third set of Despina and the Don are not up to the mark.. Yes. Despina here is no Lucia Popp but is quite adequate for the role, and if Don had been more powerful, may have killed the character. I think he is just right for the role too...
I would unhesitatingly recommend this DVD to anyone irrespective of whether it is the first ever DVD of Cosi or even if one has all the other recordings of it.
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Initial post: 21 Sep 2011 16:34:31 BDT
Thanks for taking the time to write a review however I found it affected and less useful than those you suggest are written by the proletariat.
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Sep 2011 17:04:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Sep 2011 17:05:02 BDT
Satish Kamath says:
I only implied that I followed the suggestions by the 'proletariat' - I did not want to add anything more than what they said since they had already said what I thought of this production. So anything I say here would have been superfluous. I agree with what they have said, and they have said it just right. Likes and dislikes are a matter of personal opinion. So if you found it affected, that is your POV which I respect fully. But I have found more affected ones especially in the Eurotrash variety and those sung in the 1960s and earlier. Thank you for your viewpoint all the same.....
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