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A new Christmas opera by the eminent Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, based on the famous short story by O. Henry. This powerful performance, written and produced especially for television, stars Pia Freund as Minna and Jaakko Kortekangas as Joel. The Christmas message finds a truly imaginative expression in Rautavaara's The Gift of the Magi, which is sure to become a holiday perennial favorite.

Minna: Pia Freund
Joel: Jaakko Kortekangas
Conductor: Petri Sakari with the Tapiola Sinfonietta


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Product Details

  • Actors: Einojuhani Rautavaara, Pia Freund, Jaako Kortekangas, Tapiola Sinfonietta
  • Directors: Gabrielle Faust
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: KULTUR VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: September 29, 2009
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IDVUG0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #292,792 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By "mackiemesser" on November 28, 2001
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This video is an adaptation of the O'Henry story in which a poor married couple have two prized posessions, the husband's (Joel) attractive heirloom watch and the wife's (Minna) uncut hair. At Christmas, neither has the money to buy what they think their partner deserves, so Minna sells her hair to buy a watch chain for her husband and Joel sells his watch so he can get Minna combs for her hair. The music is interesting to listen to and the singing is difficult but well done. The production is well done with excellent camera work. On the other hand, the basic plot is well presented but the complications of a number of added characters and recurrent figures will no real role in the action seems an unnecessary elaboration. The change of scene from a low class NY apartment to a town in Finland is okay but does change the flavor from the original story. There is a brooding quality about the whole production that seems to impart a strange quality to what is essentially a simple story. I found this interesting but not a video I will watch frequently. Perhaps it conveys the spirit of Christmas and Christmas giving but this is not obvious.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Lupu VINE VOICE on January 29, 2010
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This is a short, lovely and beautiful opera produced specifically for TV broadcast in Finland, which could seem awkward at points to US viewers. The story is based on a famous one by O. Henry (with the same name), although it is set in Finland instead of the US. Some may find this opera unconventional, and even argue that it is on the border between a musical and an opera. Personally, I don't think it matters; here we have a touching love story happening on Christmas Eve with great settings, music and singers to be enjoyed by all. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore contemporary composers and new ways to produce opera.
Regrettably, Kultur does not provide any information whatsoever; not a wise way of promoting opera, art and their own future products.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By randal halvorson on March 25, 2004
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was looking for a movie, of the same thing
but in english,, we saw it once and thought this was it,
we found the right one it was called the Gift of love
with marie osmand, the gife of Love and Gift of magi
are the same story and the gift of Love is the english one
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