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  • Format: Classical, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • Release Date: March 30 2010
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000LPS52E

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MOZART:LA CLEMENZA DI TITO

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Composed in only eighteen days, La Clemenza di Tito is Mozart's operatic swan song, his last opera, written a few months before his death (some say the one before last, The Magic Flute being the very last one) and perhaps the most beautiful opera ever written. It enjoyed considerable critical acclaim and great success in the years following Mozart's death and then it was largely forgotten, only to be revived in the last forty years or so. Contemporary critics were in doubt whether La Clemenza had surpassed Don Giovanni. It was referred to by one of them as a "heavenly work, full of emotion and expression with stately and sublime choruses and andantes of heavenly sweetness"; by another as "the most perfect work Mozart completed". This video is a very nice rendition of this supreme masterwork, beautifully sung and well acted. Ashley Putnam is a convincing Vitellia - envious, scheming, ruthless and yet... so human. The music is never too fast, the way Mozart should be played, though the recitatives occasionally are. It is sung in the original Italian with English subtitles. I found the staging slightly awkward sometimes (why the slanted stage?) and I don't understand why everybody is barefoot (unless there is some esoteric significance in that that escaped me) but it is still a 5-star video, I think. If you are only familiar with Mozart's other more famous master operas such as Figaro or Don Giovanni you may want to give La Clemenza a try. You will find a world of stunningly beautiful arias in the best Mozartian tradition, fascinating characters such as Vitellia and Sesto, who both dominate the opera, a clever plot, plus intrigue, seduction, love, passion, despair and at the end... redemption and mercy.Read more ›
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49 of 56 people found the following review helpful
Mozart's operatic swan song Dec 20 2000
By Luiz Abreu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: VHS Tape
Composed in only eighteen days, La Clemenza di Tito is Mozart's operatic swan song, his last opera, written a few months before his death (some say the one before last, The Magic Flute being the very last one) and perhaps the most beautiful opera ever written. It enjoyed considerable critical acclaim and great success in the years following Mozart's death and then it was largely forgotten, only to be revived in the last forty years or so. Contemporary critics were in doubt whether La Clemenza had surpassed Don Giovanni. It was referred to by one of them as a "heavenly work, full of emotion and expression with stately and sublime choruses and andantes of heavenly sweetness"; by another as "the most perfect work Mozart completed". This video is a very nice rendition of this supreme masterwork, beautifully sung and well acted. Ashley Putnam is a convincing Vitellia - envious, scheming, ruthless and yet... so human. The music is never too fast, the way Mozart should be played, though the recitatives occasionally are. It is sung in the original Italian with English subtitles. I found the staging slightly awkward sometimes (why the slanted stage?) and I don't understand why everybody is barefoot (unless there is some esoteric significance in that that escaped me) but it is still a 5-star video, I think. If you are only familiar with Mozart's other more famous master operas such as Figaro or Don Giovanni you may want to give La Clemenza a try. You will find a world of stunningly beautiful arias in the best Mozartian tradition, fascinating characters such as Vitellia and Sesto, who both dominate the opera, a clever plot, plus intrigue, seduction, love, passion, despair and at the end... redemption and mercy. Only Mozart could give us all that in just a little over two hours of music. In Mozart there is never any of the frivolity and the almost pop quality of the music you find in those often silly 19th century Romantic operas which sound like soundtracks of Hollywood movies. There is none of that here. In Mozart there is always structural perfection, sensitivity and unparalleled inspiration. Don't be misled by the fact that La Clemenza was composed in just eighteen days. Handel composed the Messiah in a little over two weeks and for a genius such as Mozart eighteen days could mean eternity. I don't know how many times I have watched both this video and the other version of La Clemenza available (the Levine/Ponnelle version, also very good - James Levine understands Mozart!). It never failed to move me. Mozart composed seven master operas in the last decade of his life (his early operas are also extraordinary works: Il Re Pastore, Mitridate, La Finta Giardiniera etc.). In my opinion, these seven masterworks are the seven greatest operas ever composed. La Clemenza di Tito is sublime in its perfection and simplicity, a fitting ending to Mozart's operatic career and truly his swan song.
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Good July 10 2014
By Alexia L. - Published on Amazon.com
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The tempo in this Drottingholm court production is slightly too fast for my liking but all in all it's a good performance. I won't comment in detail on the singing as this full performance is on YouTube (with german subtitles) so judge for yourself. However I feel that the Drottingholm singers have a weaker power of projection on average that limits the degree to which the audience is moved. You won't feel shivers down your spine for this one. Happily the acting makes up for what's lacking at times - Lani Poulson for one convincingly depicts Sesto as an innocent youth torn between love and loyalty. Anita Soldh is also convincingly conniving and manipulative as Vitellia (in the first act). This all said, for non-traditionalists I'd recommend the 2003 Salzburg Festival modernist production of La Clemenza (also on YouTube in full but unsubtitled) that features truly phenomenal singing, and in my opinion, perfect control of tempo by maestro Harnoncourt that reinforces the atmosphere on stage. If you are a traditionist, well, cut off the visuals and you'd have an outstanding performance by a cast of considerable all round distinction.


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