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Rossini - Il Viaggio a Reims

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  • Actors: Valery Gergiev, Daniil Shtoda, Larissa Youdina, Anna Kiknadze, Irma Guigolachvili
  • Directors: Alain Maratrat
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Opus Arte
  • DVD Release Date: May 29, 2007
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OCZ80G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,630 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 30, 2007
Format: DVD
This is the second DVD of Rossini's 'Il Viaggio a Reims' I've had the good fortune to review. The first, released in 2004, came from the Liceu in Barcelona and although musically pretty good it was tainted by its having been updated, set in 1900 Europe but with back-projections of Hitler's Germany and the Vietnam war. It aimed for 'big thoughts' and considering the silly plot of the opera itself, made little sense and was mildly repellent as a result. My review of that DVD can be read here: Rossini - Il Viaggio a Reims.

I shall repeat part of my plot summary from that earlier review:

'Il Viaggio a Reims' is an extremely difficult opera to produce, largely because it requires the services of ten first-class soloists as well as four other singers who can hold their own in the huge ensemble that closes the first part of the opera. It was Rossini's last Italian opera and was, in its time, strictly a pièce d'occasion (written for the coronation of France's King Charles X) that he did not expect ever to be staged again; indeed, knowing this he recycled much of the music for his later sparkling French comedy, 'Le Comte Ory.' The piece lay unproduced for almost 200 years before it was mounted at Pesaro, Italy (Rossini's birthplace and the site of the Rossinian Pesaro Festival) in 1984. That production was recorded by Deutsche Grammophon and made a huge splash in the operatic world at the time. (It is still available at Amazon.) It featured such star singers as Katia Ricciarelli, Samuel Ramey, Ruggero Raimondi, Lella Cuberli, Cecilia Gasdia, Lucia Valentini Terrani, Francisco Araiza, Edoardo Gimenez, Leo Nucci and Enzo Dara.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Chilean Opera lover on November 8, 2007
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All Russian cast, orchestra and conductor for a Rossini opera? ... not a good forecast until you watch this DVD. REALLY GREAT.

As I have stated in other reviews, for a real good Rossini performance is needed an Italian conductor and hopefully an all italian cast too. I am glad to realize that there are exceptions as is this case. This is a great performance. Gergiev conducting makes the music flow with expertise during the whole opera. The difficulty here is that the orchestra is on the back of the stage so the conductor can not see the singers. But it seems that this did not cause any trouble at all.

The cast are all youg russian singers. Each one performed more than great and higly convincing the difficult roles for the large cast. The only negative point here are some minor diction problems.

The stage is almost empty and what makes the difference here is the eye-catching costumes, some of them very funny including some make up.

The way the stage is designed and the stage direction allows continuous action and gives vitality to the great individual and group performances. It allows interacion with the audience too. All this compensate the empty stage.

This is really the way to perform a comic opera. You will enjoy the music, the singing, the acting, the costumes, and laugh too watching the DVD, and at the same time makes you wish to have been there live. Really a pleasure to watch in all senses. You will not regret to buy it.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brantwood on December 15, 2008
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Scott Morrison places all of us in his debt with his splendid review, with all its background material and the history of this magnificent opera. As a result my own effort is much shorter; essentially ALL it sets out to do is

1. Urge you to buy this DVD.

2. Suggest that when Mr Morrison's review is read along with all the others, it seems somewhat ungenerous of him to stop at four in the star assignment, considering the unique effort that came to consummation in the Chatelet performances. Such manifestations of esprit de corps as we see on this disc, in my judgment, along with all the other qualities on display, demand, require, a five-star review.

3. Share a moment I treasure: Having seen it (and LOVED it) at the New York State Theatre, I went to see the City Opera's witty and quirky production of IL VIAGGIO when it was revived by the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. (WHAT a TRAGEDY it is that so many SUPERB NYCO went totally unrecorded, even in an archival format, under the long-standing contract with its union musicians.) (I am a life-long supporter of all trades unions on principle, but sometimes I am appalled at the short-sighted protectionist decisions that are made.) As I left the Hummingbird Centre, I realized that I was right behind the finest music critic of my lifetime - the incomparable Andrew Porter, and I felt the urge to say, "Can we see ANYthing by Rossini that's better than the production we've just enjoyed?" He replied, "Only 'Tell' in a perfect staging, I think." (Or words to that effect.)

4. Give my opinion that as far as capturing the spirit of Rossini's joie de vivre, the Kirov production is greatly to be preferred to the one from Barcelona.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By VINCENZO COSTANZO on May 22, 2009
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Il Viaggio a Reims has been quite a revelation for me. I do not particularly fancy Rossini's operas but I have to confess that this one is so delicious to listen at, that no one can resist the temptation of falling in love with it. It is like a chocolate mousse, ligth and rich at the same time. The stage production is vibrant, dynamic and innovative. It is obvious that both the audience and the singers are having a great time. I loved the closeups of some of the people in the audience, particularly the little boy that looks dazzled by the beauty of Rossini's music. Highly recommended. This is healing music at its best.
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