Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Don Giovanni |
Actors: Simon Keenlyside, Joyce DiDonato, Ramon Vargas, Miah Persson, Charles Mackerras
Directors: Francesca Zambello, Robin Lough
Genres: Indie & Art House, Musicals & Performing Arts
Great opera--less than great recording
Warden Manford | 09/10/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The Opus Arts series has spoiled me. Their blu-ray discs contain crisp photography and beautiful sound. This Don Giovanni harmonia mundi production has neither clear photography nor quality sound. The overture was recorded in etched sound, almost painful to the ears. The arias were recorded at a distance, as though the viewer were seated many rows from the front. Sometimes the soloist could not be heard.
All being said, Vincent Boussard's direction was exceptional, the René Jacobs musical conducting and the orchestra quite extraordinary, the operatic performers accomplished and sang in concert. whether it be a duet, a trio or a quartet. The round/oval scenery by Vincent Lemaire, though, was odd, to say the least. It seems to be in vogue to use scenery that fails to appear life-like, but somehow must be mounted on some type of movable turntable to be turned around several times. Half of the time the audience was treated to a view of the back of the scenery. Odd, indeed."
Superb In All Respects
Albert R. Barron | 11/14/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the most completely satisfying video production of Don Giovanni I have encountered to date. Allow me first to assuage concerns regarding the sound on this Blu-Ray disc -- succinctly put, the LPCM 5.1 sound is impeccable. The singing, acting, conducting, design, stage direction, and video direction converge ideally with each other to create a jewel of operatic performance. The result is an as near perfect production of Don Giovanni as I have ever seen (N.B. The search for such a well-balanced production of Don Giovanni, either in live performance in opera houses around the world or in video productions from film to Beta to VHS to Laserdisc to DVD, has been the "Holy Grail" of my opera enjoyment for the past thirty years. I believe I have found it.) I am heartened to think that this production on Blu-Ray may provide newcomers to Mozart and opera in general with an elegant and superb introduction to both the composer and the medium."
A Great Don Giovanni production on Blu-ray
Robert Noblitt | Houston, TX USA | 06/29/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was reluctant to buy this item due to W. Manford's review which faulted the audio quality. Now that I have played it, I must conclude that Manford's system was to blame. This disk has some of the best-quality audio and video I have experienced in my collection of a dozen or so blu-ray operas. The DTS-HD audio is first-rate; the orchestra and soloists can be heard clearly with excellent fidelity.
I particularly enjoyed Rene Jacobs' direction, which I believe brings us closer to Mozart's original vision. In appearance, the production is spare, but effective in communicating the essence of the story. I enjoyed all the soloists including the youthful Johannes Weisser in the title role."
A. Lupu | Rochester, MN USA | 08/14/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Very disappointed of the sound. When I buy a pricey Blu-Ray disc from Opus Arte I expect exceptional sound quality. That is not the case with this disc. Regrettably anything else from the production to the singers becomes kind of irrelevant without good sound. The overture started very good. The orchestra is vibrant and with full sound. But once the singers appear you start looking for the sound, looking for anything wrong with the audio systems. The problem is the disc itself. What a pity!"