Henry Purcell - The Fairy Queen (2010) [DVD9 NTSC]
Actors: Lucy Crowe, Carolyn Sampson, Ed Lyon, Andrew Foster-Williams, Sally Dexter
Directors: Jonathan Kent
Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
Language: English (DTS 5.1), English (PCM2 .0)
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
Region: All Regions
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Opus Arte
DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
Run Time: 221 minutes
.: Tracklist :
Jonathan Kent's spectacular production of Purcell's huge semi-opera is joyous, imaginative and witty. Glyndebourne, with its intimate auditorium, provides the perfect setting for a drama which is partly spoken and partly sung. Based on an adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, the story is lavished with a brilliance that justifies this production's acclaim. Paul Brown's inventive designs, Kim Brandstrup's exquisite choreography, an excellent cast of actors and singers and outstanding playing by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment under William Christie combine to make a seamless theatrical experience, here recorded in High Definition and true surround sound.
This year-old Glyndebourne production of Henry Purcell's loose adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream offers as much fun as you could ever have in an opera house. It's a perfect entertainment for your very own enchanted midsummer's eve.
Restoration England's mega-musicals groaned with lavish sets, special effects, dancers, singers, actors and orchestra. The premiere of The Fairy Queen in 1692 nearly bankrupted its producer. Despite some of the richest and most beautiful music to come out of 17th-century England, few producers have dared to tackle this ramshackle, five-act extravaganza, so it's very rare to see a full staging, much less a big-budget operatic party like this one.
Everything about this show is a pleasure, from the period-busting setting, lavish sets and costumes, and excellent actors and singers, to the gorgeous modern dance choreography, comic silliness and impeccable leadership of music director William Christie.
Director Jonathan Kent has created a masterpiece that offers something to savour in each ingeniously conceived scene. Somehow, the patchwork eventually comes together into something far richer and more entertaining than we can find in conventional grand opera.
There are two short interviews with Kent and Christie, who share the insights that made this glorious spectacle possible. -- The Star.
PLEASE GIVE AT LEAST WHAT YOU HAVE TAKEN
STAY IN SEED PLEASE
.: Other Files :.