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Mozart: La finta giardiniera [Blu-ray]

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Rudolf Schasching, Eva Mel, Christoph Streht, Isabel Rey, Lilliana Nikiteanu, Julia Kleiter, and Gabriel Bermudez star in this 2006 Opera Zurich production of the Mozart opera conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.


Christopher Williams reviewed the conventional DVD version of this, along with a competing Salzburg Festival DG issue conducted by Ivor Bolton, in Fanfare 31:1. Williams found that this Harnoncourt performance on TDK offered "a fuller text, tighter ensemble, and more `traditional' stagecraft," but less dynamism in individual roles. Still, wrote Williams, "Harnoncourt delivers a lively and captivating performance, with that characteristic Harnoncourt `bite' and penchant for surging hairpin dynamics." The Harnoncourt "bite" is difficult to discern on the Blu-ray's DTS-HD audio track, which softens the orchestral attacks and puts the singers at a great distance; they've got less volume to cut through the swimmy acoustics than in the closer, clearer PCM stereo version, which presents everyone to much better advantage.

I agree with Williams that Christoph Strehl displays "a voice of spun (and occasionally crooning) gold," but with the exception of Eva Mei, whose performance is notable for its balance of warmth with lightness and delicacy, the other singers fall a bit short of perfection. Liliana Nikiteanu lacks the stamina to carry her all the way through some phrases, and Rudolf Schasching can be a little coarse vocally. Furthermore, the cameras aren't always pointing at the right character. Even so, it's overall an enjoyable performance, for more details on which you should consult the earlier review.

About this Blu-ray version, I'll say that the picture is very crisp, with subtle gradations and shadings of color. There are no extra video features, though, and no onscreen scene selection menu beyond the division of acts; on the other hand, individual numbers are indexed and listed in the booklet, which also includes a little multilingual essay by director Tobias Moretti on his concept--and that's about it. So in terms of both packaging and performance, this is a very good release that could have been better. -- Fanfare, James Reel, January 2010

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  • Actors: Eva Mei, Liliana Nikiteanu, Julia Kleiter, Gabriel Bermudez, Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Directors: Tobias Moretti, Felix Breisach
  • Writers: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
  • Producers: Opernhaus Zürich
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, Color, Widescreen, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: Italian (DTS-HD 7.1), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: TDK DVD
  • DVD Release Date: May 26, 2009
  • Run Time: 187 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0020MSTUE
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