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Puccini - Gianni Schicchi / Corbelli, Palmer, Giordano, Matthews, McLaughlin, Jurowski, Glyndebourne Opera (2004)

Massimo Giordano , Felicity Palmer  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Massimo Giordano, Felicity Palmer, Alessandro Corbelli, Vladimir Jurowski, Marie McLaughlin
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Italian, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009K7J5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Alessandro Corbelli, Massimo Giordano, Sally Matthews, Felicity Palmer, and Marie McLaughlin star in Annabel Arden's new Glyndebourne production of the Puccini opera with Vladimir Jurowski conducting the London Philharmonic.

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Wonderful! July 31, 2005
This Glyndebourne production of 'Gianni Schicchi' is a success of the highest kind. Sets, costumes, especially the almost choreographed stage action, the marvelous playing of the London Philharmonic under Vladimir Jurowski (a conductor I am growing to admire more and more) and particularly the marvelous singing actors portraying all ten major characters in this Falstaff-inspired ensemble opera are all simply wonderful. The big numbers - Rinuccio's 'Firenze è come un albero fiorito' sung by tenor Massimo Giordano and Lauretta's 'O mio babbino caro' sung by soprano Sally Matthews - are woven into the fabric of the action rather than being staged as numbers per se. And they are sung beautifully. But most important is the fabulous ensemble work that includes such Glyndebourne stalwarts as Felicity Palmer and Marie McLaughlin as Zita and La Ciesca, and the other singers are just as good.

This production was given just a year ago - in July 2004 - and was part of an oddly appropriate double bill. The other opera, Rachmaninov's 'The Miserly Knight' (sometimes called 'The Covetous Knight') was not only composed in roughly the same time period (early 20th century) but has greed as a common theme. I will be reviewing the just-released DVD of that release a shortly. But if it's anything like this production it will be a winner.

This is easily the best overall production of 'Gianni Schicchi' I've ever seen and I recommend it enthusiastically.

TT=74 minutes; includes extras: interviews with stage director Annabel Arden, conductor Jurowski, baritone Alessandro Corbelli (the wonderful Schicchi); a narrated and illustrated synopsis; a gallery of pictures of the cast. Sound: Stereo or DTS surround sound (and the sound is quite good). Subtitles in English, German, French, Spanish and Italian.

Scott Morrison
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely required viewing October 24, 2006
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I suppose you shoppers for "the next opera to add to my collection" noticed all the five star ratings for this production? I add another five stars. It is one of those operas that gets played again and again. The one you would select to play for your guests who heretofore have avoided opera, always saying the cliche, " I like all kinds of music , except opera and _ _ _ " This mind set is from the fifties, when all there seemed to be were audio vinyl albums ( back when records were indeed albums of 4 records or more ). "Get with it, people; we have a new invention called television, with subtitles"...actually big improvements over old television sets now, both in clarity of picture and magnificent sound.

This is precisely what is drawing unprecedented attention to opera - which can be/shoud be one of the most sensually stimulating experiences one can have outside of the bedroom.

Puccini here deals with one of the most compelling studies in flawed human behaviour in man's history...the business of gut wrenching envy and lust and skulduggerous, years -long- scheming over who gets what in the inheritance. I personally have seen horrible examples of it in my own family more than once! I bet you have too. We can all act like goody two shoes in church on Sunday, til it comes to the inheritance, then we turn sinister !

Whole families no longer speak to each other decades after the reading of the will. For this reason I personally wish everyone was required to see this mirror of human failing, and in so doing stand some chinaman's chance of saving ourselves from ruin. The astounding thing is how it is accomplished with such soaring, triumphant music , tension building recitative, and guffawing, jaw dropping humor.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING!! June 22, 2005
By T. C.
Gianni Schicchi is the third and final part of Il trittico, Puccini's trilogy of one-act operas. It is a masterpiece of Italian comedy.

The performance on the new DVD is sheer delight from every point of view. It was filmed live at the Glyndebourne Opera House in 2004. The director Annabel Arden adapted the plot from the Middle Ages to somewhere in the 19th centaury. Sets and costumed are beautiful, and Arden is doing an inspired job, full of surprises.

Vladimir Jurowski conducts the London Philharmonic Orchestra with excellent results. Puccini brilliant orchestration is heard with great transparency due to the excellence of the recorded sound (True Surround Sound).

The singers are all excellent. The extremely funny Alessandro Corbelli takes the title role; Massimo Giordano and Sally Matthews are the young lovers with fresh voices. Felicity Palmer, Marie McLaughlin and Luigi Roni are some of the relatives.

Opus Arte should get a very high mark for the technical quality and presentation. Picture is crystal clear and the sound is warm and brilliant. Highly recommended!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent August 1, 2005
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I could not agree more with the previous reviewers. The production, singing, and acting are magnificent and the sound is equal to super-audio!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a real operatic bargain November 8, 2008
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Gianni Schicchi and the Dark Knight are at first sight an unlikely couple but the booklet explains why they have been linked. Schicchi is now a very popular black comedy but the knight's tale is really grim. The music however is pure Rachmaninov and well worth repeat listening. Both operas are very well staged and the Opus Arte presentation is excellent apart from the cover art. One would hardly know the Miserly Knight was included! This is silly as what appears to be a one opera disc is so much more attractive when one discovers it combines the previous two DVD release in a superb blu ray disc. Get it! A wonderful Christmas disc to match the joy of Schicchi, with the Knight more in tune with current economic times!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Opera Blu-Ray (although I had to replace my player!)
When the Blu-Ray arrived, I put it in my player (a Samsung) and about 5 minutes into the performance, the audio suddenly went out, and the picture started skipping. Read more
Published 4 months ago by littlegeorge
5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini and the Dante connection
It's clear that Puccini had a thing about Dante - evidenced in this one act opera based on a character in the Inferno (Canto XXX, 32 & 42-45). Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sonofhector
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!
This is not an easy opera for non Italian speakers. The translation makes a lot of sense and this one makes the escapade clearer than any other video I have seen of it. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Turridu
5.0 out of 5 stars Puccini
Puccini - Gianni Schicchi/Corbeli, Palmer, Giordano, Mathews and etc. arrived in very very good condition.
Thank you very very much.
Published 13 months ago by Lynn Orion
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely outstanding in every way and better value than the DVD...
This short opera by Puccini was originally intended to be performed as the final part of a trilogy known as Il Tritico. Read more
Published 20 months ago by I. Giles
5.0 out of 5 stars what a treasure
This production of Gianni Schicchi (Blu-ray) is outstanding music, voices, staging, costumes, acting and everything else. What a delight to watch. Read more
Published on January 12, 2012 by HDL
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Hidden Treasure
Yes dear Friends... there is a real treasure hidden within this Blu Ray disc. Not Gianni Schicchi.. That was good, ... Read more
Published on July 14, 2011 by Satish Kamath
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun to watch but Sad when you thinking
Just like the director said on the bonus feature, this well known 'comedy' is also contain with 'dark' feelings. Read more
Published on August 7, 2010 by Yong Liu
4.0 out of 5 stars Gianni Schicchi DVD
As before when ordering from Amazon, I am completely satisfied. The DVD was in excellent condition and arrived timely. This opera is light and funny,
Published on July 13, 2010 by marox
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful surprise package of 2 Glyndebourne operas
This disc is a surprise Glyndebourne package. First surprise is the delightful comic headline opera "Gianni Schicchi" and the second is a second Rachmaninov opera "The Miserly... Read more
Published on August 25, 2009 by Mr. John A. Coulson
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