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  • Actors: Malin Hartelius, Ann Murray, Matthias Klink, Marisa Martins, Graham Smith
  • Directors: Michael Hofstetter, Joachim Schlömer
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Classical, Color, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Italian, English, Spanish, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Deutsche Grammophon
  • DVD Release Date: February 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ICL3OM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,540 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Autonome on January 28, 2007
I was really looking forward to watch the second and third parts of Joachim Schloemer's "Irrfahrten trilogy", considering how successful the first part, La Finta Semplice, had been. I was particularly happy to experience the same team of singers, dancers, actors, orchestra and conductor: in other words, Schloemer's gang was the closest thing to a real team that this M22 collection had provided so far.

Unfortunately, it's all downhill from the high expectations. One guilty party: the stage director himself, Joachim Schloemer. Now don't get me wrong, the guy is ENORMOUSLY talented, as demonstrated by the successful "Semplice" (5 stars by every Amazon reviewer so far). But in Parts II and III of his trilogy, he fails miserably. Why? Simply because he forgets about the music and Mozart, and decides to focus this piece on his own personality, his own doubts and his own problems as an artist...Frankly, no one really cares and this is why Schloemer is, in my view, guilty of this terminal offence in modern theatre: boredom.

Initially, Schloemer's job was to "package" two unfinished Mozart's operas: "Lo Sposo Deluso" and "L'Oca del Cairo", composed in 1783, just before "Nozze", when Mozart was desperately looking for a good libretto. Put together, these fragments represent less than an hour of music. But these DVDs last for 3h16...So what about the remaining two and a quarter hours? Basically, there is the dialogue of Schloemer, less inspired than in "Semplice", but delivered by the ever beautiful actress Marianne Hamre. Then there are many fragments of unfinished works by Mozart (particularly awkward works for a now-defunct instrument, the glass harmonica), some arias, chamber music and, at the end of Part III, fragments of the Requiem...
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Knight on May 24, 2007
At first I was not going to review this at all. On second thought it occurred to me that as bad as this show is, it does have some redeeming features, if you can put up with the nonsense that interrupts the music. First let me digress.

A railway maintenance foreman told a true story about a train wreck in New England that posed similar salvage problems, in a tangible way, that this production poses.

The train contained wheat flour, canned beer, and maple syrup. When the cars "telescoped" into each other, all the contents were mixed together. Locals started salvaging the beer, as many cans were undamaged. Only the very dedicated people attemped to scoop up the pools of maple syrup that could be found in the flour. Inspectors had the most difficult job, determining the cause of the accident, which was buried under two feet of syrup/flour slurry.

Schloemer, the director of this production mixed everything up in such a way that few will find it enjoyable.

Needless to say this production falls far short of the first night (La Finta Semplice, which is sold separately) for a good reason. There is no possible unifying concept given the odd assortment of short songs and fragments. My conjecture is that Schloemer tryed to cover up the impossible goal with "accidents", of the "accidently on purpose" type. In a sense there is no deception here: Who would buy a ticket on a train called IRRFAHRTEN (erring journey)?

Disc one is a total loss, in my opinion.
There is plenty of dancing in underware, Ann Murray's disappointing voice and second rate glass harmonica music. Murray just did not have a good night, sounding worn and insecure. Her role in this production was to annoy everyone, in my opinion.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By THE BLUEMAHLER on September 29, 2011
Director Joachim Schlomer undertook what may have been the most ambitious project of the entire M22 Salzburg Mozart Festival in 2006. Over the course of three evenings, Schlomer presented Odysseys (Irrfahrten). Schlomer begins the first evening of his odyssey with an early Mozart opera, La finta semplice. This is the starting point of a challenging journey with the composer, as filtered through Schlomer's vision.

In 1769 the twelve year old Mozart composed his three-act opera buffa La finta semplice (The Pretend Simpleton) to a libretto by poet Marco Coltellini, which was in turn based off of Carlo Goldoni's comedy. It is one of the most appetizing of Mozart's early operas.

Captain Fracasso and his sergeant Simone are stationed at the home of two wealthy, foolhardy brothers: Don Cassandro and Don Polidoro. Cassandro and Polidoro have a sister, Giacinta, with whom Fracasso is smitten. Simone is chasing after the maid, Ninetta. Cassandro, a notorious misogynist, is continually at odds with his womanizing brother. Fracasso's sister, Rosina, arrives to help her brother and, with Ninetta's assistance, Rosina attempts to seduce both Cassandro and Polidoro. Rosina plays the part of a sexy simpleton, and she is quite successful with Cassandro. After a night of much drinking, the brothers quarrel over Rosina (leading to a comic duel). The quarreling is followed by dizzying amorous intrigue and romantic mix-ups. The brothers are lead to believe that Giacanta has run off with Simone and taken the estate's treasure with him. Finally, Rosina, Giacanta and Ninetta end up with their chosen lovers. Only Polidoro walks away empty-handed, which leaves him happily single and unfettered.
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