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

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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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  • Actors: Massimo Giordano, Felicity Palmer, Alessandro Corbelli, Vladimir Jurowski, Marie McLaughlin
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: July 19, 2005
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009K7J5A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,968 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Frank Elliott on 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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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T. C. on June 22, 2005
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 By Dr. J. J. Kregarman VINE VOICE on 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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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Paco Rivero on June 10, 2007
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Puccini's Gianni Schicchi (pronounced Skee-kee) is not only one of the funniest operas ever composed, it is one of the best COMEDIES ever staged, whether of an operatic nature or otherwise! Although it should be noted that the libretto, by Giovacchino Forzano, is based on an episode in Dante's Inferno, it cannot be denied that Puccini supplies a great deal of the hilarity through his astute orchestration. It is a rare thing to find an opera that is not just "humorous" but hilarious, and even rarer is it for a cast to capture the comic timing to such perfection as is done in this brilliant Glyndebourne production. Add to this the fact that the opera contains some of Puccini's most glorious music (and that the engineers recorded the orchestral and vocal brilliance with amazing clarity) and you have a five-star delight! Even people who don't usually like opera should love this one. By the end you will have a pleased grin on your face--just like the Glyndebourne audience does! (Their enthusiasm is wonderful.)

Gianni Schicchi is short, running only a little over an hour. As a one-acter, it is part of a triptych ("Il Trittico") that also includes Il Tabarro and Suor Angelica. This DVD unfortunately only includes Gianni Schicchi even though it was staged at Glyndebourne along with Rachmaninov's The Misrely Knight, which, although much more sober in tone than Puccini's entry, shares with it the theme of how avarice threatens and sometimes trumps family loyalty. Although my understanding is that they were staged and recorded together at Glyndebourne, Opus Arte is selling Gianni Schicchi and The Miserely Knight seperately. I strongly recommend that anybody considering buying this production of Gianni Schicchi also consider buying--or at least viewing--its companion by Rachmaninov.
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