The film begins with a fairly traditional dream frame: a little boy 'sees' his father's pottery turn into a Chinese landscape introducing all the story's characters and events. Later, the Emperor who so desires the Nightingale's singing is seen to live in a forbidden city made of chinaware. This image of communication via images coming to life is developed to include the presence of mobile phones with the Nightingale's image and song , webcams and computer screens — a modernisation that works through seamless integration with more traditional references.
This DVD is an animated film adaptation for TV of EMI Classics' successful recording of Stravinsky's Le Rossignol featuring Natalie Dessay and James. Stravinsky's Le rossignol. The Gramophone Choice. Natalie Dessay sop Nightingale Hugo Simcic Child Marie McLaughlin sop Cook Violeta Urmana mez Death.
Relevant instruments of the orchestra are also frequently dropped into view as part of the digital landscape. Wearing a selection of T-shirts that almost suggest a s Bond girl, Natalie Dessay gives a mesmerising but never indulgent or twee performance as the Nightingale, sometimes with a real bird in the hand. Marie McLaughlin's Cook who steers the Child through the dream is equally comfortable and subtle on close-up camera, while Schagidullin, Mikhailov and Naouri exhibit much presence and facial dexterity.
From all his players Chaudet has secured that deliberately unemotional and real acting that so distinguishes French and American cinema and is such an asset in music-theatre of this genre.
Get the item you ordered or your money back. Whether you want to see what we think of today's latest releases or discover what our critics thought of your favourite recordings from the past, you will find it all in our full-searchable Reviews Database. For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab Any international postage and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. I bought it as a fan of Dessay - one of the finest sopranos of the present era - both for her singing and acting. Contact seller. The fisherman sings of sunrise and birdsong.
The DVD is of a high visual and sonic quality and another rarity in opera releases there are some worthwhile 'extras' not devoted to company promotion. These 'making of' features really show you something of how the film was technically achieved.
On the soundtrack as we may now call it James Conlon goes all out for a colour and bite that binds Stravinsky's Debussian Act 1 more closely to the , post-Rite of Spring final acts than a trenchant, Boulezian approach might have done, although it is not the only way. Album title:.
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