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Ratto Del Serraglio (Il) / Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail - IMPORT


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  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000089ASK

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Toni Bernhard on August 4, 2008
Format: DVD
I can't resist "Abduction from the Seraglio." I reach for it when I'm blue and a few bars into the overture, I'm smiling. I hear a young Mozart, full of fresh ideas. It was composed as a comic Singspiel. The characters sing and then they spiel (talk), sing and then spiel some more. It was a great night out for audiences of Mozart's day. They would socialize during the "spiel" and stop to listen when the singing started.

This production from Florence, conducted by Zubin Mehta, is delightful. He conducts with great energy and good spirit (he's smiling in almost all the brief camera shots of him). The sets are colorful, with inventive, intricately painted Moroccan-looking screens that move to bring about the scene changes.

Mozart gives the tenor so many beautiful love songs, starting with Belmonte bursting into a song of longing for Konstanze as soon as the overture ends. Then, in "Konstanze, Konstanze," as he sings "My lovesick heart is beating," you can hear his heart throbbing in the falling thirds. (Mozart wrote to his father about this aria: "You see the trembling, the faltering.") Rainer Trost is one of my favorite Mozart tenors. He sings beautifully here and (10 years earlier) as Ferrando in the wonderful DVD of "Cosi Fan Tutte" from Theatre du Chatelet. His sweet voice and his sincere acting make you immediately sympathize with his characters.

It's a treat to see Patrizia Ciofi in the supporting role of Blonde because, within months, by taking over the role of Lucie from Natalie Dessay in the French production of Donizetti's "Lucie de Lammermoor" for its DVD filming, Ciofi became a major coloratura star (her most recent DVD being the role of Marie opposite Juan Diego Florez in "Fille du Regiment"). Her voice is strong and flexible. Her technique is flawless.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Marconi on September 2, 2007
Format: DVD
but unlike the previous reviewer,whom I usually am in agreement, it is not because of Eva Mei. In fact, I found her to be a delight along with Ciofi, whose acting I loved, and Rydl whose comic talents and booming voice just about stole the show.

Mehta's conducting leaves something to be desired. I found him to lack the force and sensitivity to allow the audience to appreciate Mozart's great music.

The libretto here is just so-so, but Mozart's refeshing idealism comes through anyway.

It will leave a smile on your face.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 10, 2006
Format: DVD
... the often acidulous shrillness of soprano Eva Mei (as Konstanze) pretty nearly ruins this Entführung for me. The high points are the funny and well-sung Osmin by Kurt Rydl and an excellent Belmonte sung by Rainer Trost. Pedrillo, sung by Mehrzad Montazeri, is attractive and fairly well sung. Patrizia Ciofi's Blonde is pert and fairly well sung, but her acting seems more stock than creative. Mehta's way with the score is to move things right along, inflect the orchestral playing sometimes too emphatically and with not much subtlety.

There are much better DVDs of this opera out there. I would recommend the one from Glyndebourne (although its sonics are somewhat dated), the Böhm-conducted version with Reri Grist, Martti Talvela, Edita Gruberova and Francisco Araiza (also somewhat dated sonically), or the more recent one from the Schwetzingen Festival conducted by Gianluigi Gelmetti and starring Ruth Ann Swenson, Malin Hartelius and (again) Kurt Rydl.

Scott Morrison
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