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Rameau: Platee ~ Agnew, Delunsch, Beuron, Naouri, Le Texier, Lamprecht, Minkowski, Paris Opera (2004)

Paul Agnew , Mireille Delunsch , Marc Minkowski  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Paul Agnew, Mireille Delunsch, Yann Beuron, Laurent Naouri, Vincent Le Texier
  • Directors: Marc Minkowski
  • Writers: Jean-Philippe Rameau
  • Format: Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 159 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000294T6K
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,011 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

This French Baroque opera revolves around a scheme devised by the Gods to punish the ceaselessly jealous Juno by creating a mock affair.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rameau's comeback? February 20, 2005
Rameau's operas became some kind of seldom seen event in opera houses outside France; and perhaps even there, it might be argued. Not any more as it looks, as there seems to be a kind of Rameau come back in recent years that not only has prompted a few opera houses in Europe to stage some of his works, it appears to have also crossed the Atlantic if the NYC Opera's revival of this same work is a signal.

With a rather silly plot of the gods playing a cruel practical joke on an ugly and plain marsh nymph who bears the work's title as her name, it is one of the few comedies composed by Rameau, who for much of his stage output stuck to the usual tragedie in vogue in France since Lully's time. It is very cleverly staged in this version from the Opera Garnier in Paris and features an outstanding performance by scotsman Paul Agnew who not only sings his drag role very well but proves to be a remarkable actor too. Mireille Delunsch acquits herself highly, too, and despatches the difficult aria that closes the first act with flair and ease. Naouri proves his usual efficacy as the satyr yet some aloofness is not absent from the interpretation.

Apart from Agnew, the evening's other great stars are Minkowski and his outstanding Musiciens du Louvre, a delight to anyone with an ear for late french baroque music and its sonorities. Minkowski is an expert in this repertoire and already has in his CV a (sound only) recording of the piece with an altogether different cast that dates from some 15 years ago. He again conducts the work with great care and enjoyment and he and his musicians participate with theatrical flair in some comical episodes where characters invade the pit.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars superb production on bad KULTUR label August 13, 2004
C'est avec grande impatience que j'ai attendu les sorties en Amérique du nord des DVD de deux opéras dirigés par Marc Minkowski, Platée et La belle Hélène, parus en Europe bien des mois auparavant, ce qui est maintenant chose faite. En zone 2 (Pal-Sécam) ces parutions sont sur étiquette TDK, tandis qu'en Amérique du nord (zone 1 système NTSC) elles le sont sur étiquette KULTUR .

Les œuvres et les productions sont superbes mais pour l'amateur nord-américain la déception est grande. Il y a dans ces versions (zone 1) sur étiquette KULTUR un manque de professionnalisme aberrant et incompréhensible. Alors que les européens ont droit aux sous-titres en cinq langues dont le français, ce qui aide à suivre le chant, on a droit ici qu'à l'anglais, comme s'il n'y avait en Amérique ni francophones, ni francophiles, ni hispanophones. C'est avoir bien peu de considération pour les huit millions de canadiens qui vivent en français et qui sont un public de premier choix pour des œuvres françaises.

Aucun livret ne viendra vous donner quelques détails sur le chef, la production ou les interprètes, KULTUR a jugé qu'un simple feuillet mentionnant le chapter correspondant à un air suffirait. Et sur les deux DVD achetés, un seul avait le feuillet correspondant. Dans le boitier de Platée j'ai eu droit au feuillet de opéra Giulio Cesare / Opera Australia!!!

Il y a pire encore. Alors que sur étiquette TDK les Européens ont droit à trois encodages audio (PCM Stéréo; Dolby digital 5.1; DTS) il n'y en a qu'un seul sur KULTUR, soit le Dolby 5.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant production, abysmal quality DVD July 24, 2008
This is a stunning performance, however the quality of this Kultur release DVD is absolutely abysmal. The colours are very dark and murky, nothing at all like the photos on the cover. Others write that the TDK version has better colours, as well as more subtitle languages (this Kultur version only has English), and also interviews with the production crew. I've had to buy two copies then, because the opera is so wonderful it deserves to be seen in its full glory. I highly recommend if you would like this video, buy the TDK version (available from amazon.co.uk) instead!!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better than I could have ever expected July 4, 2006
Enough has been written about the details so let me just say I found this absolutely delightful. Early music rarely holds my interest for long but this was definitely an exception. My only complaint is with the titles. The translation was such that I did not have a clue most of the time as to what was happening on stage. After Act 1, I found a synopsis online. As is usual with Kultur, none came with the DVD. That aside, I would highly recommend this performance.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rameau's Platée - melodic, entertaining and great fun January 3, 2008
This distinctly French-styled and vibrant production of Rameau's comic opera 'Platée' is one of the more memorable performances I have seen in a long while. The singers are quite excellent, with the leads Paul Agnew as Platée and Mireille Delunsch as La Folie both just outstanding. Mr Agnew displayed a fine talent for stage acting which was so much fun to watch (look out for his humorously naive facial expressions and body language during the entree aria in Act 1) and Mme Delunsch almost literally stole the show (or rather a baton, perhaps) from the brilliant conductor Marc Minkowski during her spectacular entree aria; her acting was also remarkable. I cannot recall ever seeing such an amazing, almost palpable, rapport between singers and orchestra - it's apparent that all involved have so much enjoyed being part of this memorable production. The plot is largely secondary to the pleasant melodies and fine vocal performances, after all this is not a corrosive drama but a comic opera. The playing of Les Musiciens de Louvre under the baton of Maestro Minkowski was nothing short of magnificent, a joy to listen to from start to finish. All in all, this is a wonderfully entertaining performance of an early baroque opera.

The U.S. release Kultur DVD transfer seemed quite dark and grainy at times and the scant packaging was also disappointing. The European release 2-DVD edition by TDK should score better on both video quality and overall presentation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid performance, but get a better edition!
Update: Now there is a newer edition from Arthaus Platee. Enjoy!

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Other reviewers have praised this performance in depth, so I won't repeat what was... Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Y.P.
4.0 out of 5 stars Having fun with Rameau
A wonderful, imaginative take on an early opera. All involved must of had a gret deal of fun producing the opera.
Published on December 9, 2010 by Peter Kirby
4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable work, a mediocre dvd
I enjoyed this opera. It was nothing like I had expected and it was also clear that the performers enjoyed putting on this performance. The ballet was particularly enjoyable. Read more
Published on September 21, 2009 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Rameau = Musical Joy!
While I am not generally enthusiastic about "moderne" updates of baroque
works, there's something about Rameau that really lends itself to contemporary re-thinking; maybe... Read more
Published on November 26, 2008 by Lawrence Rapchak
2.0 out of 5 stars Silly!
Platee by Jean-Philippe Rameau. Silly! One word summarizes this work of the ancien regime to a 21st century audience. Read more
Published on July 1, 2008 by Dr. John W. Rippon
5.0 out of 5 stars A lot of fun
One doesn't expect 18th century French Opera to be so much darn fun! This is one of those clever productions where most of the money got spent on costumes and the barest minimum of... Read more
Published on February 16, 2008 by David Thierry
4.0 out of 5 stars Kultur vs TDK releases
Well... The performance is remarkable indeed. Just do not enjoy the first 20 minutes and do something else while it plays - the honorable public needs to gather in the theatre, you... Read more
Published on January 23, 2008 by Bubo Bubo
5.0 out of 5 stars Platee
Had seen the opera in Santa Fe August 2007 and the entire audience was in continuous laughter! A review in the Albuquerque newspaper stated:' a must see opera and one for all... Read more
Published on September 17, 2007 by Betty J. Donges
2.0 out of 5 stars I promise myself NOT TO BUY kultur label dvd again.
The worst presentation of a dvd opera: no synopsis, subtitles just in english, no extras, no artist information,no opera gerneralites. Read more
Published on September 12, 2007 by Jaime Fabian Mendoza Lopez
2.0 out of 5 stars I like "Les Indes Galantes " better
18th century opera dressed in 20th century clothe not my cup of tea.
Published on December 13, 2006 by J. Leung
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