, April 2013
Given the abstract and bare nature of the set, the challenge to the videographers was to make these operas living works. Fortunately, they are up to this challenge and with clever shifts from close ups to stage views we get a real sense of being there. Colors and details are excellent.
The audio engineers work their magic and we are drawn into the classical era that was Gluck’s environment. Fortunately, most of the singers turn in magical performances that we are privileged to hear with utmost clarity. No contest here, the surround version is the best.
There is an excellent 40-minute behind-the-scenes feature on this production that will be most appreciated by those unfamiliar with these works.
While it might seem that offering both Iphigénie operas was a risky decision, seeing them together for the first time makes a great deal of dramatic sense…the quality of the musicianship is high…I would consider this disc to be a safe recommendation. © 2013 Blu-rayDefinition.com Read complete review