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on 2 December 2011
Greetings from the high desert of Southern California! This title is not available in the U.S. Happily this disc is "All Region" and I could order it directly from Amazon UK. It is a pity that the best production of Stravinsky's one opera should not be available here since it was composed in Los Angeles, California, USA.

This production respects the composer's intentions in every way. The sets reflect the 18th century paintings that inspired the piece and are especially well served by Blu Ray high definition. The period costumes are beautifully designed to draw the characters into the sets, or "pictures", and are a delight to look at.

(This certainly is an improvement over the other Blu Ray offering of this piece that sets the piece in modern day Texas complete with cattle and oil barrons! I couldn't watch - it was such a contradiction to the music and to the mood of the piece. I'm sure the production team for that production thought they were being very clever - but they succeeded only in confusing and confounding their audience!)

The singers in this production are also a delight - to see as well as to hear. The characters are young, compulsive and enthusiastic, so it is wonderful to have singers who bring these physical and vocal qualities to their roles. The orchestra plays brilliantly and the conductor paces each scene perfectly. This is truly an ideal production that is brought to life beautifully on Blu Ray.
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