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Richard Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier / Pizzi, Komlosi

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3.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews

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Der Rosenkavalier (The Cavalier of the Rose) is the most important opera by Richard Strauss, as well as one of his most enduring and lighthearted. Matched with Strauss's glorious music is Hugo Von Hofmannsthal's libretto, considered a literary masterpiece because of his great ability to create characters in amazing detail. This sublime comedy, which debuted in Dresden in 1911, features the agony and ecstacy of young love, amorous scheming and hilarious sexual confusion in a bygone Vienna. This excellent production features one of the world's greatest opera directors, Pier Luigi Pizzi, and a German cast that includes the renowned Ildiko Komlosi in the title role. Features the Orchestra of the Massimo Theatre, Palermo. 150 minutes.

Richard Strauss's Der Rosenkavalier, one of the greatest and most popular operas of the 20th century, has been recorded several times, in audio and video formats, with unusual skill and devotion. This production is the first available in DVD. It faces formidable competition from CD and VHS recordings, but it has its own personality and, taken on its own terms, it is a delight--well cast, carefully worked out in the smallest details of music and staging, and technically far ahead of its most notable competitors. The only serious problem is with the orchestra--quite competent after a minute or two warming up at the beginning, but simply not as sumptuous or idiomatic as the Vienna Philharmonic.

Der Rosenkavalier's plot is a complex blend of farce and serious drama. Young love, social pretension, greed, and unselfishness are part of its subtly mingled motivations. It requires a carefully integrated interpretation and receives one in this production, thanks to excellent conducting and stage direction. Elizabeth Whitehouse gives a touching characterization of the Marschallin, an aging grande dame who comes to terms with the loss of her youth and her young lover, Octavian (the velvet-voiced Ildiko Komlosi). Daniel Lewis Williams has just the right level of boorish pomposity as the aptly named Baron Ochs (Ox in German).

Notable competitors include a 1931 recording of about half the score with many members of the original cast and a 1956 recording, conducted by Herbert von Karajan with a much-admired performance by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf as the Marschallin. The Schwarzkopf-Karajan combination (in a later performance) can be seen in a technically flawed but classic VHS edition. I would not discard those Rosenkavaliers, but this one takes an honorable place on the shelf beside them. --Joe McLellan

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  • Actors: Pier Luigi Pizzi, Ildiko Komlosi, Elizabeth Whitehouse, Daniel Lewis Williams
  • Format: Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: German (Dolby Digital 2.0), German (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: German
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 20, 2000
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 630587090X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #324,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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