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Janácek: Katia Kabanova


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  • Actors: Karita Mattila, Oleg Bryjak, Guy de Mey, Gordon Gietz, Jirí Belohlávek
  • Directors: Robert Carsen, François Roussillon
  • Writers: Leos Janácek
  • Producers: Teatro Real
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Czech (DTS 5.1), Czech (Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: FRA MUSICA
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0044FEZ5S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,722 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Giordano Bruno on January 13, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
How likely can it be that TWO (2) DVDs of an opera by Leos Janacek would be released in the same year, 2010, and that both would be musically excellent, and yet that the two would be so utterly dissimilar in dramatic concept that it makes sense, for a Janacek fan at least, to hear and see both? Well, friends, that's what has happened, and our beloved amazoo-keepers were understandably befuddled by the coincidence. This production, starring Karita Mattila in the title role, became available In Europe months ago but not in the USA. Meanwhile, the other production, starring Angela Denoke at the Salzburg Festival, was available month earlier, and I reviewed it almost immediately. That five-star review got magically posted on this product page. I notified the zookeepers and lo! the glitch has been fixed.

Here's a portion of the review I wrote about the other DVD: In a Janacek opera, it's the orchestra that narrates, that expresses the strongest passions and comments most profoundly on the 'content' of the drama. "Katia Kabanova" is a tragic story of emotional abuse, adultery, betrayal, and suicide. The human drama could scarcely be darker, and yet without a speck of Pucciniesque melodrama. This bleak scenario, nevertheless, is wrapped in a rapturous orchestral 'commentary' that affirms the beauty of passion, the immanence of the Life Force even in cruelty and folly. Janacek's passion for Life swells in all of his music. The five operas of his that you're likely to hear/see are all tragic, all psychologically and intellectually dark, but the music soars above depression. The sheer glory of Life transcends the pain of Living.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ultrarunner on June 30, 2011
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Janacek (1854-1928) in 1919,at the age of 65, composed in the last ten years of his life, four major operas,and works such as the Sinfonietta and the Glagolitic Mass. These last operas made little headway before the Second World War, apart from Jenufa, which made his reputation in Czechoslovakia and the German speaking world.His preoccupation with Moravian folk music, enriched his music language.

Katya Kabanova was adapted from a Russian play by Janacek. His inspiration for Katya was Puccini's Madam Butterfly and a Mrs Stosslova,38 years younger then him and married,so was he. He met her while on holiday with his wife in 1917.This was a one sided passionate relationship on his part which resulted in over 7OO letters. She was the inspiration for the other three operas. She never understood him or his work. The premiere took place in Brno in November 1921.

The opera takes place in a small Russian village around 1860. Katia is bullied by her mother in law,and has a husband Tichon who is weak. She has an affair with Boris while Tichon is away. She then tells everyone. Boris is sent away to Siberia, where else, filthy swine. Katia(Katya) then commits suicide in the nearby Volga. In case you think this is all very depressing, this opera is Janacek's most lyrical work and has some extremely beautiful music.No wonder Janacek was inspired by Butterfly.This opera has the same effect.

The new edition of this opera has been prepared by the late Australian conductor, Sir Charles Mackerras.He went a long away in promoting Janacek. The Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Madrid, is conducted by Jiri Belohlavek in a very passionate fashion. Ladies be prepared to weep. Men resort to the traditional stiff upper lip. Directed by Robert Carsen.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 1000 REVIEWER on January 19, 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I liked Robert Carsen's stage design for the NY Met production of Eugene Onegin, where he employed a large three-sided "light-box" with minimal props, but made use of the lighting and autumnal colours to perfectly complement the tone of Tchaikovsky's dramatic and emotionally turbulent opera. Carsen's Brechtian design for Katia Kabanova at Madrid's Teatro Real in 2008 is similarly austere and emotionally resonant, and again it seems to me to be perfectly complementary for an opera whose storyline has the potential to be melodramatic, yet is served so much better if it is coolly and delicately underplayed.

The emotion is downplayed in this production on almost every front of the theatrical presentation to better let the music and the singing speak for itself. The staging is restricted to boarding that is rearranged by what seems like water-nymphs or drowned lost souls, and rests on a couple of inches of water. The intention is to evoke the presence of the Volga, where the drama takes place in the little town of Kalinov, and emphasise the importance of the location and the significance that water plays throughout. If the concept is a little over-pronounced, it nonetheless proves highly effective, creating a calming impression, occasionally showing ripples and casting reflections on the mirrored background. With the use of lighting - impeccably lit and coloured - it establishes a perfect location that connects with the emotional resonance of the drama, without being too heavy-handed or obvious in the symbolism. It just feels absolutely right and it looks marvellous.
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