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Gluck: Iphigenie en Aulide (Iphigenie en Tauride) / Véronique Gens, Salomé Haller, Nicolas Testé, Anne Sofie von Otter [Blu-Ray]

Notes & Reviews:

Two late and baleful tragedies by Euripides focus on the ill-starred daughter of Agamemnon. In Aulis, the drama of Iphigenia rages until she is spared. Having escaped to Tauris, Iphigenia finds herself compelled to kill her own brother before the fickle gods intervene. Gluck's operatic settings of the two stories are very rarely staged together, but Pierre Audi's production makes a darkly compelling case for their dramatic unity. All the lead performers here are experienced exponents of Gluck, and together they present a powerfully idiomatic experience

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 267 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): DTS 5.1, DTS 5.0
Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch


First DVD/Blu-ray release of Aulide and Tauride together
Both operas on this release are set in a stylized, militarized modern-day setting. While I would normally prefer a more traditional setting (especially when viewing operas for the first time), I really enjoyed this interpretation. The orchestra is set on the stage, behind the performers, and the chorus is set behind the orchestra.

Les Musiciens du Louvre play beautifully, and Marc Minkowski does an expert job conducting these performances. The Blu-ray picture is crisp and clear, and the sound production can't be bettered, despite the slight echo at De Nederlandse Opera Het Muziektheater. Extras include behind-the-scenes documentaries for each opera, and a set of trailers for other Opus Arte releases. I would love to have seen a documentary on Gluck as an extra, but I won't take any stars away from my review.
Submitted on 05/28/13 by mwilcox15 
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>Gluck, Christoph Willibald : Iphigénie en Aulide
  • Performers: Laurent Alvaro; Frédéric Antoun; Martijn Cornet; Véronique Gens; Salome Haller; Christian Helmer; Nicolas Testé; Anne von Otter
  • Conductor: Marc Minkowski
  • Ensemble: Les Musiciens de Louvre Grenoble
  • Running Time: 229 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Studio/Live: Studio