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Lortzing - Zar und Zimmermann

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Product Description

Raymond Wolansky, Hans Sotin, Herbert Fliether, Lucia Popp, Noel Mangin, and Franz Grundheber star in this Hamburg State Opera of the Lortzing opera conducted by Charles Mackerras.

Review

Charles Mackerras's resplendent helming of the Hamburg Philharmonic State Orchestra is a key factor in making this Zar so appealing. It's a work he should at least propose for the BBC Proms or the English National Opera, for starters. With all so taut and shipshape, its difficult not to fall in love with Lortzing. -- Opera News, Richard Traubner, May 2008


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Product Details

  • Actors: Lucia Popp, Hans Sotin, Franz Grundheber, Raymond Wolansky, Peter Haage
  • Directors: Rolf Liebermann
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Arthaus
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 131 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000L42J4A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #208,304 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Albert Lortzing's 'Zar and Zimmermann', written in 1837, is a marvelously constructed comedy of mistaken identities which rises above the usual farcical conventions and provides not only a satisfying plot but some excellent musical characterizations of what otherwise might have been stereotyped roles. In it Czar Peter the Great is working in the shipyards of Saardam (as he actually did in order to learn the shipbuilding trade) under the pseudonym of Peter Michaelov. Another Russian is also working there and also named Peter (Ivanov). Various international intriguers confuse their respective identities and comedy ensues. There are the usual stock characters: a beautiful lass, Marie, daughter of the comic burgermeister Van Bett, the foppish French ambassador, various rough and tumble village characters, a worldly widow and so on. Peter Ivanov is in love with Marie and through various machinations is finally united with her. Through it all Peter the Great acts with great wisdom and humanity, a sort of Hans Sachs of the piece. (In fact, Wagner was much influenced musically and dramatically by Lortzing.)

'Zar und Zimmermann' is not terribly well-known outside German-speaking countries. I was introduced to it thirty-five years ago by a Austrian couple who led me to the classic recording featuring Nicolai Gedda, Hermann Prey, Peter Schreier, Gottlob Frick and Erika Koth, conducted by Robert Heger. It immediately became a favorite.

I am happy to say that this film, made from a Hamburg State Opera mounting in the 1960s during the spell when Rolf Liebermann was making pioneering video opera productions for German television, meets all one's expectations. Musically it is above reproach.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By customer on December 15, 2007
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Not a great work, Zar und Zimmermann is nonetheless an entertaining opera. In the hands of Rolf Liebermann, it's actually a delight. The young and nubile Lucia Popp is, as always, marvelous. It's possible this is the earliest footage of her we have. All the singing is quite good.

The highlight of the entire production is the hilarious choral directing scene. If you have ever sung in a choir, you'll be in stitches. The usually somber Hans Sotin is in wonderful voice and is very funny as the simpleton mayor-cum-choral director. This famous scene is outstanding - the chorus acts and sings extremely well. But it's Hans Sotin who makes the entire performance memorable with his satirical and exaggerated spoof of the archetypal choir director. I watched that one scene many times over and for that alone this DVD was a good investment. It's rare to find an opera on DVD that can actually make me laugh, but this one did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Monika W. Nilles on April 3, 2011
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I AM SO GLAD THAT AMAZON MAKE IT POSSIBLE FOR US CLASSICAL LOVERS ( OPERAS, OPERETTAS )TO HAVE THESE AS DVD'S
AT HOME TO ENJOY. ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE IS NO OPPERTUNITY TO VISIT A THEATER.
I AM GERMAN LIVING IN THE USA AND APRICIATE THIS A LOT. THANK YOU AMAZON, FOR THE CLASSICS AND OTHERS.
MONIKA NILLESPuccini - La Boheme / Pavarotti, Scotto, Niska, Wixell, Plishka, Levine, Metropolitan Opera
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David L. Myers on May 12, 2007
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A very good production of an opera not well known outside Germany. You will probably never see this opera in a live production so take the oportunity to view this well sung and well filmed "movie" version.
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