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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPS52E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #544,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Philip Langridge, Ashley Putnam, Diana Montague, Martine Mahe, Elizbieta Szmytka, and Peter Rose star in this 1991 Glyndebourne production of Mozart opera conducted by Andrew Davis.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Brian J Hay on March 30, 2004
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This is a beautiful opera, one that lovely melodies and a concise story line make easy to appreciate. To be fair, there are signs that Mozart was rushed. Some of the secondary arias are shorter than what's found in the great comedies. Many numbers lack the musical variety found in even lesser pieces from Figaro, Don Giovanni and such. This isn't to say those works are without baggage-they aren't. Masetto's aria (for instance) is a second rate song at best. Mostly though, more attention seems to have given to the supporting roles in the larger works. The original secco recitatives for this opera are a sore point as well. Mozart assigned the work to a pupil, probably Franz Anton Süssmayr. They're a string of duds, and that's being nice. John Eliot Gardiner recorded Tito around the same time this production was filmed and trimmed most of them. The people in charge here found somebody who cared about what he was doing and paid to have a new set written.
The result was well worth the effort. Stephen Oliver's recitatives provide this opera with something that compliments it and carries the action well. Having something like this done was long overdue. Tito contains some of the most beautiful music Mozart wrote. Yes, many numbers are shorter than usual. That's fine as they fill the psychological needs of their characters while also preventing their musical phrases from being overplayed. There isn't a weak link in the cast. Yes, Titus is a one dimensional paragon of goodness. Yet, when you watch Philip Langridge perform "his music" it's easy to believe a man can be like that. Diana Montague and Martine Mahé are superb as Sextus and Annio. There's one complaint and it's a minor one. These ladies look too feminine to forget that they're a pair of (very) attractive women.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Toni Bernhard on April 26, 2006
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My understanding is that Mozart began composing La Clemenza di Tito after he'd started The Magic Flute but finished Clemenza first, and that this is why there's disagreement over whether Clemenza or Flute is his last opera. No matter, we're just so fortunate that Mozart squeezed in this little opera seria gem before he died. Lean, with sublime vocal and instrumental music, and with forgiveness as its theme, Clemenza is very moving.

This production has a superb cast. Philip Langridge is touching as the troubled Tito, who naively wants to rule with love, not power, but at least in the end can use that power to grant forgiveness all around. Ashley Putnam has a strong stage presence as the cunning Vitellia. Her aria, "Non piu di fiori," where she duets with the basset horn, is stunning. Diana Montague is excellent as Sesto. The beautiful wind accompaniment in Sesto's aria "Parto, ma tu ben mio," is one of the highlights of the production.

And then we have the love duet, "Ah perdona al primo affetto," beautifully performed by Elzbieta Szmytka and Martine Mahe. It is sweet and tender and understated and, typically Mozart, is not even written for the lead characters. Ending with "Banish from life, all that is not love," it may be the last love duet he left for us.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By David on August 23, 2001
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It's nice to see that Mozart's operas are showing up more on DVD, especially such lesser known works as Clemenza di Tito--Mozart's last opera. This is an enjoyable and well sung production, with lots of bright colors that are very eye catching. The sound and picture are excellent, and as this was the first time I have ever SEEN this opera, it made me appreciate it all the more. The singers, while not all household names, are well chosen; they not only sing well but they act well and have excellent stage presence. This is a quality production that deserves to be seen.
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24 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Ascher on November 7, 2001
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Sets and costumes are minimal, little more than limbo sets enhanced with lighting. Andrew Davis's conducting is slow paced, dry, lacking in nuance or excitement. Technical quality of picture and sound, however, are excellent. If you must have a DVD version of this opera, go ahead and purchase. Otherwise, better to wait for the filmed version, with the Wiener Philharmoniker, James Levine conducting, directed by Jean-Pierre Ponnelle. So much more exciting visually and musically, with principals Tatiana Troyanos, Carol Neblett, Catherine Malfitano, Anne Howels, Eric Tappy and Kurt Rydl. Hopefully this version will be released on DVD soon, and worth waiting for. Otherwise, try and get a used copy on LD or simply order on VHS!

Update: I see that the Ponnelle filmed version is in fact now available so I recommend that as the better option!
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