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Mozart in Turkey - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Groves, Kodalli, Rancatore, Atkinson, Rose, Mackerras, Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Mozart in Turkey - Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail / Groves Kodalli Rancatore Atkinson Rose Mackerras Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Actors: Yelda Kodalli, Paul Groves, Desiree Rancatore, Peter Rose, Lynton Atkinson
Director: Mick Csaky
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
NR     2004     1hr 30min


     
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Actors: Yelda Kodalli, Paul Groves, Desiree Rancatore, Peter Rose, Lynton Atkinson
Director: Mick Csaky
Creators: Robert Alazraki, Thomas Schwalm
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Classical, Biography
Studio: BBC / Opus Arte
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 03/16/2004
Release Year: 2004
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
Edition: Classical
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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"Bright and Colorful"
Mr John Haueisen | WORTHINGTON, OHIO United States | 05/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, I should mention that this is not the complete opera, "The Abduction from the Seraglio." The program notes call it "one-third documentary and two-thirds filmed opera."

Even that just begins to describe this performance.
It is performed in a palace in Istanbul, where the beauty and color of the location and the costumes are stunningly bright and authentically Turkish.

The Scottish Chamber Orchestra, led by Charles Mackerras, and the singers, especially Paul Groves (Belmonte) and Desiree Rancatore (Blonde) do full justice to Mozart's most popular work during his lifetime.

You'll find all of the most popular scenes of "The Abduction," sung wonderfully and with the most crystal-clear photography you can imagine.

An extra treat is commentary, which helps explain Mozart and his music, AND a seat for you at the dinner table as you watch the singers eat, relax, and playfully sing bits of their favorite songs.

Though not the full opera, this is a delightful and beauty-filled presentation. (It would be a great way to introduce newcomers to the world of opera, or to show those familiar with the work a colorful new perspective.)"
Tiptop Topkapi
Campbell J. Ford | Moss Vale, NSW, Australia | 08/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Every year the Istanbul Music Festival ends with a performance of Il Seraglio, staged in the forecourt of the old Topkapi Palace - supposedly the very palace from where Mozart's lovers made their escape.
In 2006, my wife and I were lucky enough to see a performance there (not this one), and this DVD is a perfect way to recall the wonderful atmosphere of the occasion.
This sumptous film version has nothing to do with the annual Turkish stage production and is not staged in just the one static location. Instead, it is shot in various glorious rooms and courtyards around the old Harem and Palace; doing full visual justice to one of Mozart's most beloved operas.
The singers are all first rate, especially Peter Rose as the villainous Osmin. His menace and bumbling ineptitude are hilariously portrayed, and rousingly sung.
Yelda Kodalli is a gorgeous Konstanze, if one can dismiss the rather anachronistic notion of a Turkish opera singer playing a Spanish lady trying to escape from Turkey!
As another reviewer has noted, this is really a condensed version of the opera, but the story is intact, all the favourite arias are included, and the behind the scenes story of the staging and filming is fascinating in itself.
One nice feature is that the viewer is given the choice to skip these contemporary inserts and view the musical sequences uninterrupted.
Stunning - an unmitigated treat for both the eyes and the ears!

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Wonderful!
Wisner A. Galbraith | Santa Barbara, CA USA | 01/25/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This brilliantly-conceived presentation is so interesting, and so much fun, that I hated for it to end. I AM sorry that there is not a full complete opera-only version of this production as I am sure it would also be a treasure. Since watching this, I've been disappointed by two other DVDs of this same opera: they seem a little flat and empty by comparison. My thanks to all concerned."