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Strauss-Ariaden Auf Naxos-Levi

Jessye Norman , Kathleen Battle , Brian Large    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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DVD Special Features:
Picture: NTSC 4:3
Region code: 0 (worldwide)
Sound: PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1
Menu language: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese
Subtitles: German, English, French, Spanish, Chinese
Bonus: Rehearsal with subtitles

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5.0 out of 5 stars Ariadne Suprimo Feb. 3 2003
Richard Strauss' operas are not as easy to stage as the conventional opera, and finding a cast to sing them equally as difficult.(A bit like Wagner). However, this production from the Metropolitan Opera has not only managed to pull it off, but have done so with a win, win formular. The cast is as powerful as the music itself, then there are the sets, costumes and direction, all equally mastered like a master craftsman working on a prized sculpture.This production has an extremely strong female cast headed off by Tatiana Troyanos who gives the performance of her life as the Composer. Almost bringing the house down in her final statement in the prologue not to mention her skill as an actor. Her singing of "Seien wir wieder gut.....Musik ist eine kunst" blew me away. What a pitty that's all she has to do. One would like to hear her glorious tones again.Then we have Kathleen Batttle as Zerbinetta. Ah! what warm tones and brilliance of voice and character that Kathleen brings to her role. When I heard Kathleen sing "Großmächtige Prinzessin, wer verstünde nicht" I thought that I had died and gone to heaven, what control. Jessye Norman! what can one say of this veteran performer in the title role. The power, the sheer beauty and elegance of her vocal powers. This woman can not only handle the high notes that Strauss demands but those low chest notes roll off her tongue like wine from a bottle. I have never heard Ariadne sung with such conviction, strength and passion. These three singers aptly cast certainly drive this opera home. Barbara Bonney, Gweneth Bean and Dawn Upshaw as Najade, Dryade and Echo respectfully hold their own exceedingly well and balance off the female ensembles with such precission like a well run military machine and enjoying every minutes of it. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great performance but disappointing sound Oct. 24 2002
Let's get the bad news out of the way first. The recording quality of this performance is disappointing for 1989. We really should have been able to get better. Frustratingly, I can't get the DTS on my copy of this disc to work (it works fine on other DVDs). The recorded sound is cramped and the levels are unpredictable.
But Norman is an imposing Ariadne and thrills the senses as usual. James King (that's right, James King) is in surprisingly good voice for a 60 year old Bacchus and holds his part well. Kathleen Battle is Zerbinetta to the life - physically and vocally enchanting throughout. Troyanos makes a fine composer (though has an unhideable bosom!). All up a very enjoyable night at the opera which we should be grateful to have preserved, despite the deficiencies in sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A superb Norman, a less then desirable King June 7 2004
By jg
First the good news: The female cast in this recording/performance is superb, all three leading voices are mindblowing. I was enchanted by Normans beautiful voice, its scope and perfect control (and excellent German pronunciation also), her phrasing is sometimes mindblowing. The same is true for Battle and Troyanos. But who got the idea to cast a singer whose golden times have past about twenty years ago (James King)? The booklet states that "his experience dates back twenty years (...) and remarkably, he was in his early 60s when this film was made, but it shows him in fine voice...". This statement says everything and is warning enough! Kings high notes are often painfull, his voice strained, destroying (at least for me) a little bit the great finale duett. He is no match for Norman here! The "Buhs" for him at the end show that also some of the audience of the evening agree with me.
Conclusion: Due to Kings appearance this sadly is not an ideal cast (therefore only 4 stars), but for the female voices it comes very close. Norman alone is worth listening to. Image quality/sound is good too, Levine does a fine Job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars J'ai vu cette production au MET en 1986 Jan. 17 2010
C'était la première fois que j'allais à l'opéra. Deux amis et avions choisi d'aller voir trois opéras au MET. Ariadne était le premier des trois et je ne connaissais pas cette oeuvre. Nous étions au milieu de la huitième rangée, les meilleures places dans une salle qui, à mon grand étonnement, était à moitié vide. Ce que vous entrendrez sur ce DVD au niveau de la sonorité de l'orchestre, est fidèle à mon souvenir: précise, nette et puissante malgré la petite taille de l'orchestre, admirablement dirigé par James Levine.
J'ai été extrêmement impressionné par la qualité du chant de Tatiana Troyanos, malheureusement décédée depuis. Kathleen Battle, impressionnante elle aussi et très en voix ce soir-là. Mais ce que ces deux magnifiques artistes m'avaient fait vivre jusque là ne m'avait pas encore préparé au choc que Jessye Norman allait m'administrer: une vraie décharge électrique!
Entendre Mme Norman chanter devant vous à moins de 10 mètres de distance est une expérience que je ne peux pas décrire en quelques lignes, je ne voudrais pas m'épancher comme "un client", trêve de commentaires: ce DVD reproduit très fidèlement la performance musicale que j'ai entendue, une incroyable et rarissime conjonction de trois astres du chant, et je ne veux pas diminuer la qualité des autres chanteurs dans cette production, qui sont tous excellents.
Le seule bémol est dans le montage et la prises de vues, avec des "close-ups" ridicules ou l'on peut apercevoir les plombages de Mme Norman!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ariadne auf Naxos - Does that come with cheese sauce?
I found this a delightful production. The womens voices are really in fine form. Having seen three different productions with all different singers it is wonderful to have one on... Read more
Published on June 27 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars A night of overwhelming vocal fireworks!
I am relatively new to opera, and this DVD introduced me to Strauss' Ariadne Auf Naxos. I don't quite have the words to describe how I felt after viewing the whole thing, let's... Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars good but overrated
I have always considered this is the best of Strauss's operas if not the best opera, period. This DVD does contain some of the most exquisite singing by an amazing cast, great... Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous but with a problem....
I've had Ariadne long enough that it's on VHS. There's no point in reiterating what's already been raved about. Read more
Published on July 13 2003 by Thistle Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Go Met
I've just finished watching this DVD. It was really great. Such an excellent cast. Kathleen Battle is absolutely adorable. I highly recommend it to everyone. Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by maiden pa.
5.0 out of 5 stars Germany takes on Greece: and we all win
"Ariadne Auf Naxos" is Richard Strauss' scintillating foray into the world of neo-classicism. Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by jwalzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Flawless performances by Troyanos, Norman, and Battle. You will find yourself watching and listening to this over and over. Read more
Published on April 23 2003 by Antonio Matos
4.0 out of 5 stars Superb source. Erratic reproduction.
Ariadne auf Naxos is one of my top 10 favorite operas. I saw this Met production many times in person, with various casts. Read more
Published on Nov. 26 2002 by N. Nakanishi
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite!
This is a stellar cast performing one of Strauss' greatest operatic works. Jessye Norman is phenomenal as the title role. Read more
Published on Sept. 27 2002 by Armon Golliday
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