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Mozart - The Salzburg Festspiele Opera Boxset (2007)

Don Giovanni , Le Nozze di Figaro  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Cosi fan Tutte, Idomeneo, La Clemenza di Tito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Chinese, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 33
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 2876 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I8OFKU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,206 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Mozart - The Salzburg Festspiele Opera Boxset" on IMDb

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This 22 DVD box set includes all 22 Mozart operas, starring Anna Netrebko, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Bo Skovhus, Dorothea Roeschmann, and Christine Schaefer, as performed at the Salzburg Festival. Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts.

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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I HAVE SEEN IT ALL (and it is a mixed bag) July 9, 2007
I am lucky that our local library belongs to a network which has already obtained all of the operas. Although I do not plan to buy the whole set, there are reasons to buy the whole box, in my opinion.

1. Due to the large number of singers required to perform 22 works, many singers who might get passed over in a normal year got a chance to perform. This M22 set has introduced me to several excellent young singers, that I would not have heard of, simply because they have been passed over by the recording industry "hype machine" or "glamorpress". I for one, like to decide for myself who is hot. Despite the huge artist roster good to excellent singing is the rule, not the exception.

2. If you love, or are fascinated by regietheater, you will find a great sampling of styles in M22. My sense is that opera staging is making a big switch from Jungian symbols to Freudian symbols. In my opinion this is to appeal to a younger audience that does not have the time or inclination to think in an abstract or deep way. There is a great deal of added action which is not supported by the libretti. The MTV viewer would be bored by a conventional production. I for one have found many advantages to "stand and deliver" singing, except in comic operas, where I must admit some of the antics are very amusing. unfortunately some of these new productions strike me as more revolting than amusing.

All in all this a fascinating event recorded in good to great sound and picture quality. Unless this event and it's cast of singers is of interest, I would recommend buying Mozart opera DVDs individually based on your particular tastes.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tentative review.... June 22, 2007
By Smorgy
...Tentative because I don't own the entire set, but 10 of the DVDs in it.

I was very excited about the M22 project when I heard about it last summer indeed! Salzburg Festival staged all 22 Mozart opera in summer of 2006 and taped 20 of them for posterity ('Cosi fan tutte' and 'La clemenza di Tito' are from 2003), so the performance in some lesser known early opera were suffering because the A-list soloists were spread thin covering the more substantial works. However, there are some younger (and not famous yet) singers who really impress me with their performance in the obscure works.

I haven't seen all the shows. From the 10 DVDs (actually 11 opera since 2 got merged into 1 show) some are very good, but some are really dreadful. 'Ascanio in Alba' is so hatched up both musically and staging-wise I actually feel sorry for Mozart that the thing is the only DVD of the opera preserved for posterity.

Anyhow, I can tell you that at least 11 of the opera in this set (all the ones I do own) are of conceptual/pseudo-modernized staging. Some (like 'Tito', 'Idomeneo', or 'Apollo et Hyacinthus') convey the story better than the others (like 'Ascanio in Alba' or 'Lucio Silla'). And that all the early opera I've seen are heavily cut, and some are so altered that Mozart probably wouldn't recognize them.

'Bastien und Bastienne' and 'Der Schauspieldirektor', for example, were completely reworked and merged together to form one Singspiel (in the 'an opera within an opera' format). And there's this antic of replacing Italian recitativo secco with spoken German dialog ('Ascanio in Alba' and 'La finta semplice', for two).
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mozart? Mozart!!! June 17, 2007
It is not every day that one can come across the entire filmed version of a composer's operatic output (Beethoven being one obvious exception), and that in itself makes this collection unique and remarkable. You cant expect the quality control over all twenty two Mozart operas in this set to be the same, but overall there is a sense of excitement at being able to see all these productions in fresh, imaginative stagings and with some outstanding performances along the line. This set is a perfect introduction not only to the genius of Mozart, but also to the genre of Opera. And to those of us who are already hooked, its a fun and enjoyable way to, once again, confirm what a genius that brat from Salzburg was!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
First of all it is fair to applaud the efforts of this special 2006 Salzburg festival to present all the 22 operas of Mozart together. This has never been undertaken before by any opera house or festival, and a long time is going to pass before it is attempted again. It is an incredible achievement.
For that alone, the festival management should be lauded and these amazing productions recommended, especially to neophytes who only have a casual interest in the arcane pastime of opera, and who are curious about what this Mozart wonder was really about.

I have bought a few individual boxes to sample the 2006 Salzburg productions, and I have seen a couple more at friends' places. I had very high expectations. On the whole I have been, perhaps unfairly, terribly disappointed.
Which is a subjective reaction, dictated by my own extensive knowlege of Mozart and his operas, not an objective analysis that would reflect the feelings of the public at large. I have to agree with most of the commentators who tend to express their own disappointment.
Although those M-22 performances are worthwhile as entertainment for a festival public, where the good summer mood makes the audience overlook all sins, I should insist on one critical point: Especially for a Mozart collector, this set is not such an advisable acquisition.

Mozart collectors are Mozart fanatics, not just ordinary fans (in spite of the relation between both words, there's a nuance, and we collectors do nuances) and are intransigent on extreme quality, exactly like Mozart was, fastidious to an extreme: in his dress, in his actions, in his music, in his operas.

The M-22 opera versions of Mozart presented in 2006 are obviously strongly influenced by the trends of movie direction.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A towering achievement
Well here we go, end of the journey that took me about six years (18 operas in a couple of months but the last four a long time after the publication of each initial review). Read more
Published 23 months ago by Autonome
5.0 out of 5 stars Espectacular
Espectacular, fantasticas, mis mejores CD's, tengo para muchas horas de entretenimiento y diversion, magnificas escenografias y coreografias, vale la pena, es un articulo de... Read more
Published on August 31, 2011 by asilvacun
2.0 out of 5 stars Is This Different???
Does anyone know if this M22 set is different from the recently released "Mozart: Complete Operas Box" (ASIN B003R76Q5G) which is listed here on Amazon for $144.99 ? Thanks all.
Published on October 4, 2010 by Thomas J. Murphy
3.0 out of 5 stars Support Your Local or Nearest Opera Company...
... or go straight to Salzburg or Glyndebourne, and use this $300 for a better seat. The problem with this box of the 'complete' operas of WA Mozart is that not one of the... Read more
Published on October 6, 2009 by Giordano Bruno
3.0 out of 5 stars MOZART FROM BIRTH TO DEATH
Published on December 7, 2008 by drkhimxz
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Mozart operas
Received this morning this great package of all 22 Mozart Operas recorded live as performrd at the 2006 Salzburg Festival. Read more
Published on July 24, 2008 by Martin Philip Jones
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