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    I found the use of the puppet one of the best bits - I honestly thought it had more emotion to it than a lot of the young kids who always seem very stiff, passive and even embarrassed (all that hugging from strange middle-aged ladies making loud noises) in more traditional productions. The execution of the movements by the puppeteers was masterly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark_Angel View Post
    Check the video at 3:40 to see puppet...... (more like Chuckie, he he)
    Yep, Bunraku. Takes 3 puppeteers to coordinating to operate a Bunraku puppet. Takes 30 years to learn how to do it properly. It is an art form, like the Japanese tea ceremony or flower arranging. Read more about Bunraku here: [clicky]

    Without actually seeing it, I think conceptually it is nifty that they tied in a traditional Japanese theatre art, like Bunraku, into an opera based around events in Japan.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    I found the use of the puppet one of the best bits - I honestly thought it had more emotion to it than a lot of the young kids who always seem very stiff, passive and even embarrassed (all that hugging from strange middle-aged ladies making loud noises) in more traditional productions. The execution of the movements by the puppeteers was masterly.
    Yes, it takes 30 years to master the art of Bunraku. The Japanese are especially patient in that way. Consider how 3 people have to coordinate the movements of the puppet and work in unison. Yep.
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    I liked the concept of the production very much. I'd have bought the DVD if I were happier with the leading performers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Amfortas View Post
    I liked the concept of the production very much. I'd have bought the DVD if I were happier with the leading performers.
    Well Giordani does his usual "I'm a nice guy what am I doing here we go again" act. I have to say I don't like his sound. But I thought Racette was great, very moving. The edition used was also interesting - it seemed to me that they included a lot of items that Puccini later edited out, like the drunken relatives in Act 1.

    See full discussion on Puccini's revisions after Madama's Butterfly's disastrous premiere: Radio New Zealand clicky

    I'm going to listen to this again before I re-watch to see if I was right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    Yes, it takes 30 years to master the art of Bunraku. The Japanese are especially patient in that way. Consider how 3 people have to coordinate the movements of the puppet and work in unison. Yep.
    I was quite overwhelmed at the naturalist movements that they managed. I can well believe it takes 30 years.
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    New releases:



    Presto Opera Summer sale bargains - never heard either of these:



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    Just received the Knappy Ring on Orfeo. Beautiful packaging and booklet.
    Havent listened yet.
    That to follow.

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    The absolutely best performance of Lulu on DVD is about to get better--the original 1996 Glyndebourne recording has been completely remastered for Blu-ray! Yay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    The absolutely best performance of Lulu on DVD is about to get better--the original 1996 Glyndebourne recording has been completely remastered for Blu-ray! Yay!

    The magnificent Christine Schäfer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deNoget View Post
    The magnificent Christine Schäfer.
    And not only--everyone, down to the last instrumentalist, was magnificent in this reading of Berg's last opera. This was a performance which will be difficult to better.
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    Last edited by tyroneslothrop; August 12th, 2013 at 01:25 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tyroneslothrop View Post
    And not only--everyone, down to the last instrumentalist, was magnificent in this reading of Berg's last opera. This was a performance which will be difficult to better.
    If we're putting this DVD at the top of the heap, I'll add my two cents. Musically great, yes, but I found it visually disappointing. The spare, brick-wall set seemed to dampen any sense of Berg's richly decadent world.

    I'll admit to having seen it only once, though, and will give it another shot.

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    Received the Keilberth Stereo Ring today.
    It's a beautiful set. 2 nice booklets. One a synopsis and one about Keilberth
    and the operas.
    The discs are in beautiful glossy cardboard sleeves with pictures from the opera
    on them.
    Haven't listened yet, but will post when I do. Ciao

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