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Benvenuto Cellini [Blu-ray]


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: French (DTS-HD High Res Audio), French (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: French, German, English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Naxos Blu-ray Video
  • DVD Release Date: April 26, 2011
  • Run Time: 164 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004P4I4SW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #382,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Burkhard Fritz, Laurent Naouri, Brindley Sherratt, Mikhail Petrenko, Maija Kovalevska, Philippp Stoezl, and Kate Aldrich star in this Vienna State Opera/Vienna Philharmonic production of the Berlioz opera conducted by Valery Gergiev.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner on July 18, 2011
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Berlioz wrote about this early opera "a variety of ideas, a vitality and Zest and a brilliance of musical colour as I shall never find again." The opera is full of the colour of Italy,moving very quickly,and is unlike any other music he wrote again.Which contradicts the fact that he said he did not like the modern Italy of the time. The opera is based upon the memoirs of the Renaissance Florentine goldsmith and sculptor Cellini.This first opera was given at the Paris opera in 1838. From the opera comes the famous Roman Carnival overture. Naturally, the opera was not sucessful.It was from his writing that he survived. As a composer once stated"Berlioz died beneath the walls of Troy".His music and operas were misunderstood in France, although he was considered a master of orchestration.He was also the first of the true modern conductors. His work was popular in England, Germany and Russia, not in his homeland of France.

According to the notes ,the opera concerns Cellini's wooing of Teresa, the daughter of the papal treasurer,Balducci,who would prefer Teresa to marry Cellini's rival, the cowardly Fieramosca. When Cellini attempts to abduct Teresa at Carnival time, a fight ensues in which Cellini kills Fieramosca's hired assassin. Cellini disappears,returns under the cover of a monks procession, is arrested, and is pardoned by the Pope only on the hurried completion of commissioned statue of Perseus. You may think how can Berlioz make a opera out of these ideas, and make it funny in parts. He does.

The notes also state" a mix of futurism a la Metropolis, fantasy,a la Batman,juxtaposed in the form of photo montages,also a helicopter, a shark and the winged vechile of the Pope." Metropolis was a German film directed by Fritz Lang in 1927. The first Sci-fi film.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Louie on March 24, 2013
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Maija Kovalevska makes an heroic effort here but her efforts are
swamped by the overall "eurotrash" character of the production.
One counts on Berlioz for great music and the Wiener Philharmoniker
does not disappoint but the production is a circus that music is unable
to redeem.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 22, 2011
I'm in two minds about Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini but I don't think it has anything to do with Philipp Stölzl's extravagant and somewhat eccentric direction of the composer's lesser-known opera produced here for the Salzburg Festspiele in 2007. A huge colourful cartoonish spectacle, with a Metropolis-like retro-futuristic city populated by clunky robots standing in for 16th century Rome, it's surely far from what Berlioz would have imagined for a staging, and one wonders whether it best serves the subject of the Florentine sculptor working on a commission for Pope Clement VII who becomes embroiled in a romantic tug-of war with a rival over the daughter of the papal Treasurer.

On the other hand, Benvenuto Cellini is hardly a serious opera, written principally for entertainment, seeming to play with all the tools of operatic composition. It shows some of the sense of playful academicism that you would find in Rameau, particularly something like Les Indes Galantes (the William Christie production is a must-see) - a huge colourful pageant that delights in showing off its over-the-top dramatic situations with elaborate staging and extravagant musical flourishes. So while Stölzl's outrageous production seems to go out of its way to irritate those who like their opera done in a period traditional manner, it perfectly suits the tone of the musical and dramatic content and serves it well. Done any other way, taken more seriously, one would imagine that the whole enterprise would end up looking and sounding dreadfully self-important.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rinaldo on February 27, 2012
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I am from South Korea and I am a fourteen-year-old student. I saw Benvenuto Cellini for the first time ever in my life and it's perfect. Everything, such as the singers, the production, the conductor Gergiev, etc., was good. Cellini is a bright, comic and beautiful opera. Also, I was kind of shocked when I heard the music. It was the same as Donizetti's music. It was not Berlioz's music. The production was thrilling. Philipp Stozl used time machine. He changed 1800s to future. On the stage, there are robots, parties like Haloween, and strange things. The Lativian soprano, Maija Kovalevska, has beautiful, soft voice and is excellent Teresa. Burkhard Fritz, whose voice I first heard of here, was amazing. Laurent Naouri matches with his role, Fieramosca. Kate Aldrich is a witty, charming, and funny Ascanio. The conductor Valery Gergiev catches the audience and orchestra. I think Benvenuto Cellini is one of the excellent operas I've ever listened. I want to say to this opera, "Bravissimo!!"
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