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Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin

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Editorial Reviews

Petr Weigl's beautiful film evokes superbly this most atmospheric of operas, whils Sir Georg Solti captures both the passion and subtlety of Tchaikovsky's magnificent score. The golden-voiced Teresa Kubiak sings the innocent Tatyana, Stuart Burrows is the

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  • Actors: Michal Docolomansky, Magdalena Vasaryova, Kamila Magalova, Emil Horvath, Premysl Koci
  • Directors: Petr Weigl
  • Writers: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0), English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM Stereo), Unknown (DTS 5.1), Unknown (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2002
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000063VB5
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #178,801 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tchaikovsky: Eugene Onegin" on IMDb

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By A Customer on December 1, 2002
Format: DVD
This is a beautifully filmed version of Onegin. While the music is impressively lyrical, you would even forget it's an opera because it's so well filmed. Since it's a film version, there are quite a few scenes edited out from the original Tchaikovsky's score.
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.
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By A Customer on December 2, 2002
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The film lasts only 117 minutes, which means almost 40 minutes of the original score is missing. Notoriously the opening theme and duet&quartet is cut out and the film start from the peasants' scene. Although, this DVD version includes the music only track of the opening. So, if you go to the bonus menu and select "prologue", it plays the opening music, duet & quartet and continues flawlessly to the film.
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.
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I love this. It's true that the tracks don't go where they're supposed to but I watch opera all at once. This is a film, not a stage version, and the natural settings are wonderful. The acting is very good --- the actors are NOT the singers, which I found a bit strange initially --- and the singing is excellent. THe characterisations seem very good to me. There are some cuts, which I miss: in particular at the start when Tatyana's mother and nurse sing about their acceptance of their lot, and again when her nurse speaks of her young (arranged) marriage to Tatyana. I think these are odd omissions, since this is part of the important theme for Tatyana. I would recommend this dvd.
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I really enjoyed this version of Onegin. It's more like a film than an opera. Indexing between the booklet and the DVD is 1 off, and there is a glitch in sound between tracks 12 and 13, but it is still a grat production. And I didn't have any problems navigating to Act II or Act III. What surprised me, the native Russian speaker, is that non-Russian singers sing in almost perfect Russian language.
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This DVD contains wonderful singing, the orchestra playing is excellent, and the acting is superb. So why the 1 star? Because whoever prepared the transfer master was utterly incompetent. The indexing in the booklet and via the screen menus is completely wrong. For example if you try to start the beginning of Act II, it puts you in the middle of Act I. There is not the slightest pause between the acts. However, before the duel scene, there is a horrible glitch with a fraction of a second of sound during a screen blackout.
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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