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  • Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Stuttgart [1988]Rossini: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) -- Stuttgart | DVD | (06/03/2001) from £26.98   |  Saving you £-1.99 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The point of a good production of Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia is to have a Rosina and a Figaro who will knock your socks off in their respective arias, while holding back enough in all those crescendo ensembles in which the farce plot reaches its several culminations that the other stars get a chance to shine too. Cecilia Bartoli and Gino Quilico give full-blooded enough performances when on stage by themselves that self-effacement seems far from imminent, yet both are capable of less, and give it when it is needed. Of the others, David Kuebler is an attractively raffish Almaviva, while Robert Lloyd turns Basilio into a memorable cameo. Gabriele Ferro is one of the most intelligent of Rossini conductors--he understands the relationship between the pulse of the music and its dramatic function, and he is also outstanding in the delicacy of phrasing, even in climaxes, that ensures that every voice, every instrument, gets the moment of glory Rossini intended. Michael Hampe's solid reliable unfussy production keeps everything moving without drawing attention to itself. The DVD has subtitles in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish, as well as trailers for other Arthaus Musik discs. --Roz Kaveney

  • Puccini: La Boheme -- San Francisco/Severini [1988]Puccini: La Boheme -- San Francisco/Severini | DVD | (28/08/2000) from £N/A   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    One way to use the DVD format for opera is to provide a video format with a clear picture and sumptuous sound and let a good performance speak more or less for itself. Severini's La Boheme comes with a minimum of trimmings--subtitles in English, French and German; even a short account of the performance history is relegated to text in a booklet. The live performance has real theatrical presence, even to the extent that, at times, the vocal and orchestral subtleties get lost in wild applause. Pavarotti's Rodolfo was, in 1988, as plangently lyrical as ever and Freni's care-worn Mimi is a deeply touching and musical performance; Pacetti is a beefy full-blooded no-nonsense Musetta--the waltz song and ensuing duet with Marcello is for once the Broadway show-stopper it ought to be. Of the supporting roles, though, perhaps the most moving is Ghiaurov's Colline--his farewell to his old coat is a short passage of deep pathos which he has rarely sung as well as he does here. --Roz Kaveney

  • Il Barbiere Di Siviglia [1988]Il Barbiere Di Siviglia | DVD | (17/04/2003) from £33.73   |  Saving you £-8.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    Mozart - Il Barbiere Di Siviglia (Bartoli Kuebler)

  • La BohemeLa Boheme | DVD | (30/11/1999) from £37.20   |  Saving you £-18.74 (-101.50%)   |  RRP £18.46

    One way to use the DVD format for opera is to provide a video format with a clear picture and sumptuous sound and let a good performance speak more or less for itself. Severini's La Boheme comes with a minimum of trimmings--subtitles in English, French and German; even a short account of the performance history is relegated to text in a booklet. The live performance has real theatrical presence, even to the extent that, at times, the vocal and orchestral subtleties get lost in wild applause. Pavarotti's Rodolfo was, in 1988, as plangently lyrical as ever and Freni's care-worn Mimi is a deeply touching and musical performance; Pacetti is a beefy full-blooded no-nonsense Musetta--the waltz song and ensuing duet with Marcello is for once the Broadway show-stopper it ought to be. Of the supporting roles, though, perhaps the most moving is Ghiaurov's Colline--his farewell to his old coat is a short passage of deep pathos which he has rarely sung as well as he does here. --Roz Kaveney

  • Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) -- Vienna/Chailly [1988]Rossini: La Cenerentola (Cinderella) -- Vienna/Chailly | DVD | (03/09/2001) from £33.73   |  Saving you £-8.74 (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    La Cenerentola is one of the few operas to have an important subtitle, "The Triumph of Virtue". This Salzburg production makes a point of its being a moral tale rather than a mere fairy tale like the version reflexively sung by Angelina in her "Cavatina": the defeat and forgiveness of the stepsisters and their greedy father is a settling of moral accounts. The production is also tremendous fun--partly because of gimmicks like the mechanical coach and horses that arrives on stage in the high wind of the Act Two storm--but mostly because of the endlessly energetic pulse of Riccardo Chailly's conducting of the Vienna Philharmonic. Anne Murray is an ideal Angelina, equally good at the heroine's witty intelligence and at the complexity of her emotional situation--loyal to the family that mistreats her. Francisco Araiza is an attractive Don Ramirez; the byplay between him and his servant Dandini (Gino Quilico)--in the duet "Zitto, zitto. Piano, piano", for example is for once genuinely amusing. Parts like Don Magnifico were the late Walter Berry's stock-in-trade--his occasionally menacing portrayal is far richer and more interesting than a mere buffoon. On the DVD: As usual with Arthaus Musik, an excellent production and performance is left to sink or swim without any detailed production notes either on the disc or in the leaflet. The sound is standard PCM stereo and the picture ratio 4:3. There are instructions in French, German, English and Spanish and subtitles in all of those languages plus Italian. --Roz Kaveney

  • The MediumThe Medium | DVD | (06/02/2006) from £12.98   |  Saving you £15.00 (150.15%)   |  RRP £24.99

    The renowned contralto Maureen Forrester transcends the conventions of operatic acting to deliver a brilliant and gripping portrayal of the enigmatic Madame Flora in this 1977 television production of Menotti's classic thriller. Based on the acclaimed 1974 production by the Comus Music Theatre of Canada this video captures the opera's erie atmosphere and emotional intensity making clear why it is one of the most frequently-performed works of the 20th-century repertoire.

  • Gioacchino Rossini - La Cenerentola [1988]Gioacchino Rossini - La Cenerentola | DVD | (27/11/2006) from £24.99   |  Saving you £N/A (N/A%)   |  RRP £24.99

    A live recording from the Kleines Festspielhaus Salzburg 1982

  • Rossini - Le Barbier De Seville, L'italienne a AlgerRossini - Le Barbier De Seville, L'italienne a Alger | DVD | (22/11/2002) from £32.38   |  Saving you £-2.39 (N/A%)   |  RRP £29.99

    Rossini's 'Barber Of Seville' performed at the Schwetzinger Festpiele in 1988 under the musical direction of Gabrielle Ferro. Rossini's 'The Italian In Algiers' which was premiered when he was just 21 in 1813 is performed here at the Zurich Opera House.

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