Strauss: Rosenkavalier [Blu-ray]
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The conductor Fabio Luisi, is the general music director of both the Semper opera and the Staatskapelle, Dresden. It was in the city that der Rosenkavalier was premiered in 1911. He is passionate and faithful to the now restored parts first used in 1911. He is Dresdens best kept secret. His DVDs of Verdi's Rigoletto and Beethoven Missa Solemnis, with Dresdens orchestras are among the best. His tempos in these two operas are often quick and passionate. The singers Anne Schwanewilms, who has a distinctive voice, right for this opera.She is probably, the best singer today able to truely bring alive this difficult role. I refuse to go down the road of comparing singers of yesteryear, like Lotte Lehmann et al,infering that there are no great singers today. The opera singers now, are as good as those in the past, even better, they can act.Read more ›
The singers are good and act their roles well, but Anne Schwanewilms stands-up from the crowd, a real treat to listen to her and see her act in this introspective role (Marschallin).
The staging is very well done and pleasing to watch. It is supposed to be set after WWII which makes some parts of the libretto seem awkward, but it does not distract from the plot and the music. This Blu-Ray disc is a joy to watch and to listen, although it appears that the sound is weak and you need to increase the volume much more than other similar discs. Strongly recommended.
I have settled on this recording by way of rejection of others which ought also to be considered. I therefore feel that I should briefly explain why the others have proven to be unacceptable for me before commenting on this current disc.
The most obvious candidate for consideration is the Schwarzkopf / Karajan filmed in 1961 and now well restored on Blu-ray. This expert and very sympathetic version is close to definitive for many people but has one impossible flaw for me and that is the out-of sync sound and vision inevitable when a soundtrack is added in a studio post filming. The Kleiber DVD also brings together a quality cast but I personally found the sound to be lacking in the depth and sumptuousness so necessary for this opera. The square format also lacks the spaciousness that we are now so accustomed too. Sadly this recording for me now belongs to the historical interest category. Welser-Most's Zurich's offering has far better sound and vision but suffers from rather a strange production which does not do anything for me - a pity as the technical and musical values are good. I have also seen the Thielemann/Fleming recording which also fields a stellar cast and recording but I personally found Fleming's characterisation to lack the depth of understanding to her situation that others like Schwarzkopf have brought to the part.Read more ›
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Before buying this blu ray disc, I went through plenty of reviews written before this, and also commented on one. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Satish Kamath
Here's another case of close (to greatness) but no cigar. This often happens in filmed versions of opera, usually, these days, due to the ridiculousness of the director/producer's... Read morePublished on December 21, 2009 by pekinman
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