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Renee Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg (2010)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XTUAV4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,017 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Reneé Fleming and one of her favorite singing partners, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, explore the origins of 19th-century European opera performance in the courtly theatres of St. Petersburg, presenting a three-part program of Verdi duets, songs by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Medtner, and Tchaikovsky opera, performed, by special permission, in the opulent theatres of the legendary Winter Palace, the Palace of the Yusopov family and the magnificent Peterhof. The 90 minute film is fronted by Reneé Fleming herself, as she takes the viewer on a journey through the musical locations and history of "The Venice of the North". The DVD will also include 23 minutes of extra performance footage, including Reneé Fleming singing Bellini's "Casta Diva" from Norma.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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4.8 out of 5 stars
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The next best thing to being there September 2, 2010
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This dvd has been long awaited by us Dmitri and Renee fans, and I, for one, was only slightly disappointed. The only quibble I had was that since Dmitri is the Russian, he should have been showing her (and us) the city. Instead, Renee acted as tour guide. Other than that, it was a marvelous film...these two have true chemistry, and they both sounded terrific. They did selections which may not be familiar to casual opera fans or newcomers, but they were easy to listen to, and, of course, the sub-titles made it a snap to understand what they were singing about. The palaces were beautiful beyond belief, and had I not seen them all myself, I would not have been able to comprehend the beauty and opulence of these places.

Besides being a terrific musical evening, the travelogue aspect made it doubly appealing, and would serve as a great souvenir for anyone who has been to St Petersburg, and an extra spur for those contemplating such a trip.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect world November 26, 2010
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This dvd takes you into a kind of ideal world, an earthly paradise. St. Petersburg is sublimely beautiful. The indoor settings are sublimely beautiful. The music is sublimely beautiful. Renee and Dmitri are sublimely beautiful. Their performances are sublimely beautiful. Even their clothes are sublimely beautiful. Moment after moment leaves you breathless. Yes, in an absolutely perfect world, Dmitri would have led the tour, not Renee. And the "bonus" materials would have been integrated into the main body, not set aside where they may be overlooked, Well don't overlook them. Especially, don't overlook Renee's Casta Diva. If there is one moment in this tour of the sublime that is most sublime, that is it. She seems to have astonished herself.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STUNNING PERFORMANCE! November 1, 2010
TWO OF THE GREATEST SINGERS PERFORMING TODAY. A BEAUTIFUL PRODUCTION WITH SONGS RARELY HEARD AND LOVINGLY PERFORMED. BEAUTIFUL PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE PALACE AND IN ST. PETERSBURG.
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. ANYTHING BY RENEE AND DMITRI IS WORTH HAVING IN YOUR MUSIC COLLECTION.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great concert December 25, 2011
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Renee Fleming & Dmitri Hvorostovsky: A Musical Odyssey in St. Petersburg
I am a big fan of Renee Fleming and Dmitri Hvorostovsky and that is why I knew that eventually I was going to buy this DVD.
When I saw these two singers performing together in Eugene Oneguin aside of that they are very good singers they also have chemistry when they act together.
The parts that I enjoyed the most were when they sang together, in this DVD they do some duets and they have to play different roles, like lovers, daughter and father, etc and they do it very well like those feelings are really true, they also sang different areas and songs very well.
This DVD also can be very enjoyable for people that are not into opera because it also shows this beautiful city, its history and art as well as all the palaces they sang. Renee Fleming narrates episodes from the history of Saint Petersburg that can be also very interesting and with a lot of information that of course the DVD has to be watched more than once to get all this knowledge, but that is good if someone is going to buy a DVD is to see it many times and enjoy it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The singing is glorious, but.... February 16, 2011
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Why on earth is Renee doing all the narration? After all, Russia is Dmitri's country and St. Petersberg his city. There is no significant language barrier. He speaks very good English, but says not a word. Of course his singing is enough. However, having had him narrate at least a part of the sight-seeing would have much enhanced the overall program for this viewer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Fleming and Hovrostovsky make an unforgettable pair. The scenery of Russian sites adds to the beauty of the music. A "must" for all music lovers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beatiful voices and views of my favorite town January 26, 2012
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I ordered this video for my mother as New Year gift.
Beatiful voices and views of my favorite town.
It is very good video, she really likes it and I received it in time.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is a delightful production. January 3, 2013
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Overall the program consists of a few Italian but mostly Russian composers. I did not enjoy all the pieces but Renee's voice is marvelous. I wish her wardrobe was comparable. It looked as though she wraped herself in a bolt of fabric or curtains, very unflattering and looked like a crumpled mess. The presentation in various beautiful palaces/museums in St Petersburg is well done and aesthically appealing compared to most staged performances in concert halls. You even get a tour of the city in short segements. The sound track quality is very good. A very pleasing experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it! Beautiful!
Published 10 days ago by Claire M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love both voices.
Published 3 months ago by mthill
5.0 out of 5 stars The tour of the golden city + the fervent, impassioned, interactive,...
I will add to the prior 18 high-praise reviewers only this observation. IN EVERY RESPECT INCLUDING PRICE ($8. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ronald Haak
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprizing combination of music and sightseeing
This delightful presentation under the baton and direction of Constantine Orbelian takes the viewer on a short tour of impressive St Petersburg, narrated by Reneé Fleming,... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marietta Marx
5.0 out of 5 stars Best performance I have seen on DVD!
The tour of St. Petersburg is one of a kind. The entertainment is fabulous. The spirit is timely considering the Olympics. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Robert Whalen
5.0 out of 5 stars FABULOUS
This is an absoutely GORGEOUS dvd,The singing is INCREDIBLE,The tour is totally AMAZING!!! If you're a fan of this two FABULOUS artists,this is a must have. Read more
Published 16 months ago by eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly voices
A sumptuous package.....beautiful music, glorious singing by two highly attractive musicians, elegant settings, and a short tour of some highlights of St. Petersburg. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Galla
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Having visited St. Petersburg, and not seeing all the sights, this DVD is a treasure especially in seeing the interior of the Hermitage.
Published on July 18, 2011 by Lorraine P. Zigman
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