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Gounod - Faust


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Editorial Reviews

Alfredo Kraus, Nicolai Ghiaurov, and Renata Scotto star in this 1973 NHK production of the Gounod opera with Paul Ethuin conducting.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicolai Ghiaurov, Alfredo Kraus, Renata Scotto, Anna Di Stasio, Lorenzo Saccomani
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Video Artists Int'l
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2007
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000RW3YMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,937 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

Five stars for the performance, but only one star (zero if I could) for the DVD.
C. M. Sidlo
The English subtitle are available on this dvd but they are placed directly over the Japanese.
jzjc
He is much improved in his second/final appearance, and the death scene is done with poise.
Todd Kay

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70 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Todd Kay on August 13, 2007
Some allowances must be made in consideration of the DVD release of this 35-year-old Japanese television broadcast. The burned-in Japanese subtitles cannot be gotten rid of, although they become less distracting when those of one's own language are superimposed over them. Sound is mono, albeit good mono -- a bit dry and unatmospheric, but firm, absent distortion, and with a fine equilibrium between voices and orchestra having been achieved. You will have no trouble hearing everything you want to hear, at every point. Stage lighting levels were too low to begin with, and this conspires with age-related softness and color fade (and weak black levels) to create a pervasive murkiness. To call the production minimalist would be to credit it with a conceptual dimension it does not have; this is just rudimentary, no-frills staging. Props and decoration are scarce, and there is little evidence of the ordering intelligence of a strong director guiding the singers' movements and gestures, which are well-schooled but stock; the Japanese audience may not have seen them many times before, but you have. There are also things here that do not profit at all from a close-up format: the rubbery-appearing mask on Faust's face in the opening scene suggests advanced age less than it suggests advanced von Recklinghausen's disease.

For anyone with the slightest interest in this opera, all of the above together should give less than a moment's pause; this is an opportunity to hear and see Renata Scotto, Alfredo Kraus, and Nicolai Ghiaurov in spectacular, defining form.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Charles D. novak on August 20, 2007
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For a blast from the past, you can't beat the cast of this performance. Alfredo Kraus is at his creamy sounding best. Nicolai Ghiaurov brings down the house as Mesphistopheles and Renata Scotto is in beautiful voice milking all her applause down to the last clap. I wish the conductor, Paul Ethuin whipped up a little more zest and energy from the orchestra. A few of his tempos are painstakingly slow especially in the garden scene of Act Two. The sound quality from 1973 is first rate for its time and more then passable by today's standards. The video colors are slightly faded and grainy. My biggest problem was the subtitles. You can choose four languages that are superimposed on the Japanese characters which you cannot delete completely. Consequently it makes the bottom of the screen look like garbage. It was nice to see the Walpurgis Night scene done with all the ballet intact. The dancers are enthusiastic. The sets are of Wal Mart quality with most of the action taking place on a large tree stump. If you're going to buy this DVD it's because of KRAUS-SCOTTO-GHIAUROV. They don't make singers like them anymore!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A. F. S. Mui on September 20, 2009
The problem, and the only problem, with this DVD is the Japanese subtitles.
Being able to read some Japanese, however, relieves a good deal of the otherwise eye sore problem.
Apart from that, the performance itself was truly 'great'. The three leading roles were tackled with the greatest artistic finesse by Kraus in the title role, Ghiaurov as the devil, and Scotto as the lady charming Margaret.
I fully agree that the three singers were in their prime in this performance. Particularly with Alfredo Kraus, whom you'd be unlikely to get many other performances either on CD or DVD that were caught in his prime period.
Kraus in his prime was some thing that no true opera lover could afford to miss. This is a tenor with a beautiful voice, great technique, wonderful musicality, and mesmerising stage presence. The NHK really did a great job in preserving the few ultra fine performances by this aristocrat of tenors in his prime.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By visa repsol on November 1, 2010
Simply wonderful. No words. It is a delight from beginning to end. The problem with the subtitles, poor image quality ... are superfluous. The connoisseurs are capable of fully-appreciate the historic-interpretative value of this performance. Faust = Kraus + Scotto (also Freni) + Ghiaurov. A jewel in the history of opera's performances.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Buentello on November 8, 2007
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I am really pleased with this DVD, I bought it because of Alfredo Kraus, but I think that the baritone Nicolai Ghiaurov is the Star in this Opera he is so amazing, the sound of the DVD is acceptable, the video is kind a dark but we gotta understand that is kind a old the recording. Overall I think that is a very good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Kuhl on March 6, 2014
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Bit dark and stagebound, as it is a taped performance, but the music is terrific, and exactly what you would expect.
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