Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Arthaus Musik: 100706

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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

Catalogue No:

(100 706)



Release date:

9th March 2003




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Gounod: Roméo et Juliette

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Recording Date: 2002 <

Place of recording: Filmed on location at the Royal Castle of Zvíkov, Czech Republik

Running Time: 73 min

Picture Format: 16:9

Sound Format: PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1

Language: F

Menu Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP

Subtitle Languages PAL: D, F, GB, SP

Menu Languages NTSC: F, GB, JP, SP

Subtitle Languages NTSC: F, GB, JP, SP

Specials: Arthaus Musik Trailer 8 Min

Gramophone Classical Music Guide


“Gounod's opera has been described as a love duet with interruptions; here the interruptions are much reduced. Other characters do indeed appear and sing a phrase or two from time to time, but Mercutio has no Queen Mab, Capulet no 'jeunes gens', the Friar none of those solos one calls less easily to mind, and Stephano the page is eliminated altogether.
Events are similarly compressed. Important news items such as Romeo's banishment and Juliet's impending marriage are relegated.
Adjustments are made to such of the interruptions as remain (for instance, Romeo doesn't take part in the mourning, 'O jour de deuil', for Mercutio, but is seen walking away with Juliet who has watched the unfortunate events from her balcony and quite understands).
Indeed, there's a great deal of walking in this production. Juliet walks home after her first love duet and Romeo sings an abbreviated aria while walking towards the second. He walks up a staircase to the balcony, in fact a nice long gallery good for a gentle stroll. 'Ah, ne fuis pas encore' is also sung on the move and when we meet Romeo again, at dawn, he's still walking. The motif persists right up to the ambulatory death scene.
On the other hand, the countryside, the river, the castle and the weather are all so beautiful that it would be a sin to stay indoors, and as long as one takes this film for what it is (which isn't Gounod's five-act opera) there's much pleasure to be gained.
Gheorghiu sings feelingly and with tone to match the natural beauties of earth and sky around her.
Alagna, but for his habit of 'lifting' to notes, gives a stylish, sensitive performance and is in good voice. The love duets can rarely have been better sung, and that's what it's really all about.”

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