Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin
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The film starts with peasants' chorus. The opening music and quartet are deleted, which is actually a shame because I think the quartet contains the most important key word of the story; "Heaven granted me the habit in place of happiness." Maybe the director didn't want to give it away right from the beginning. Anyway, this music is restored in the special features and you can enjoy the music without motion picture.
The production is really great. Lady Larina's estate, Prince Gremin's palace, duel scene in the snow, scenes of the country side and of St-Petersburg, etc...everything is beautifully filmed. Even Onegin and Lensky arrive on hourses in the beginning. It's not filmed in studio so nothing seems phoney. Musically, it's one of the best recordings ever made.
The image isn't much remastered, nor is the sound. You can select DTS or 2-channel stereo and subtitles in 6 languages.
This is the best version of Onegin on DVD for now.... at least till someone put the Kirov's production with Leiferkus on DVD.
Some poeple complained about the scene selection. My copy of DVD works fine. It brings me to the very beginning of the act II or the act III. No problem.
It's disgraceful that a major label would put this out; since clearly no one even bothered to check it.
If they ever fix these problems, I'd give it a full 5 stars!
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I thought everything about this production; singing, acting and production was excellent; one of the best opera dvds I have ever seen.Published on February 24, 2009 by Opera Lover
Was going for a cd but DVD will be fun to watch - when I can sit down. I can listen to DVD though.
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