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Shostakovich;Dimitri Lady Macb [Blu-ray] [Import]

Shostakovich , Jansons , Grimm    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Wait a little bit before buying it March 16 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Some problem with BluRay reader (and CyberLink Dell 8 DX for BluRay, as well as with Sharp Aquos BluRay reader) with fresh upgrade. Maybe this BluRay is too recent... maybe it is the wrong region code, maybe something else... Redoing the purchase, I would go for the DVD!
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4.0 out of 5 stars This is a hard opera to present on video and this release is pretty good Feb. 16 2010
By John Chandler - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I have purchased every generally available CD, DVD and Blu ray release of this opera and have seen it on TV and in the opera house many times. The combination of violence, sex and tough drama even out on the banks of the Volga are not easy to pack into a commercial production in the theatre and it is not easy to cast. On balance I feel this is the best of modern productions despite some reservations here and there. The Rostropovich version on DVD, dubbed with Czech actors, is wonderfully sung but is heavily cut and today it looks its age. The old Soviet film released a few years ago by Decca is also special but again looks old. I have always had a soft spot for the ENO production with Willard White and Josephine Barstow which was of the original version but this is not officially available. I prefer this new Blu ray to the other Blu ray release from Holland. It is better staged, mostly better cast and with more suitable costumes and sets. The explicit violence and sex is implied rather than spread out all over the stage and I think it is the better for it. There is still room for the ultimate version and perhaps Gergiev will do this in Russia with a full Russian cast, but until then this is the one to go for. Frankly I did not expect it coming from romantic Italy with an American conductor but there you go! Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelmed. Dec 17 2010
By Ultrarunner - Published on Amazon.com
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The first performance of this opera took place in 1934, Leningrad(St Petersburg). It was considered a work of genius in the Soviet Union. The work was also played overseas. Early in 1936 Stalin saw a performance and considered it perverse sexually. Then an editoral in Pravda,the Soviet paper, condemned the opera as "Muddle instead of music". It is believed that the editorial was written by Stalin, or he was behind the attack. Shostakovich was now in fear of his life. At the time, thousands of people including his relatives were disappearing, killed by Stalins minions. The composer withdrew the opera and his forth symphony, which was not seen again in the Soviet union for another thirty years. His 4th to 9th Symphonies the composer considered his tombstones. How he survived Stalin, I suggest you get hold of the DVD, a documentary called Shostakovich against Stalin, the war symphonies.Music conducted by Valery Gergiev.

The staging and dress is traditional . Set in a barn like structure, which eventually becomes a bridge and camping area. Set in late 19th century Czarist Russia, about a rich Merchant who often leaves his wife,who finds a lover because of being bored. She kills the father in law, and both the lover and she murder the husband. His body is found and they are caught. On the way to Siberia,the lover falls for another woman. Katerina the wife, pushes the other women into the water and she jumps in, and they both drown. Rather depressing you might think. The opera has sardonic humour. The conductor James Conlon, an American,brings out the tensions,the raw sexual under currents, emotion and lyrical side of the score. His tempo are brisk and with his Italian Orchestra,bring out the true Russian flavour. Katerina, the merchants wife, Jeanne-Michele Chabonnet, is a dramatic soprano. She could be considered a near mezzo, because of her low notes.She makes you feel sorry for her plight. I wonder why I have never heard of her. She is brilliant in this part. All the singers are good, including Vladimir Vaneev as Boris, the father in law, Vsevolod Grivnov as the husband and Sergej Kunaev as Sergei,the lover. There are no weaknesses in this performance. Also, traditionalists should have no fears about the performance. The sexuality is there, but the director Lev Dodin takes the view that less is more.He does not take any liberties with the stage directions.The reviewer who criticized this performance obviously was watching another opera.

I was simply overwhelmed by this performance. Blown away. Emotionally drained. Wow!

I used a Denon DX1000DB Bluray mini system, which had two speakers,but because of a new invention gives you surround sound. You can use earphones. New to Australia, cost here 1,500 Aus dollars. Region Worldwide. PCM stereo. DTS-HD Master Audio 7.I. 1O80 full HD. Format 16.9.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The composer could have been shot. June 30 2011
By Ultrarunner - Published on Amazon.com
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Shostakovich opera Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, was disliked by Stalin. He had seen it is December 1935. To receive Stalin's displeasure meant that you would be shot. The composer was lucky he was not. I know in jest, some singers actually do think, that a composer should be shot for inflicting some difficult part upon them, but this nearly happened to this great man. He fought back in his so called war symphonies,5-9. There is a DVD on this subject, called Shostakovich against Stalin The war Symphonies.

Mariss Jansons vigorously conducts the Royal Concertgebown orchestra.He is a Shostakovich specialist. The Staging by Martin Kusej,may not appeal to traditionalists.I then suggest you obtain the version conducted by James Conlon with the rough hawn voice of Jeanne Charbonnet. I can recommend this version, as I have it. In this modern staged version, Katerina is well portrayed by Eva-Maria Westbroek,who is also Sieglinde on the Blu ray version of Wagners Die Walkure, conducted by Simon Rattle.She is able to to sing this role, as any aspiring Brunnhilde should be able to do. Sergey is sung by Chris Ventris and Boris is Vladimir Vaneev.All the parts are well sung. For those lovers of modern staging this is a must for your collection.
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