Opera: Rameau "zoroastre
Posted 05 October 2009 - 08:15 PM
Video rating : 5/5 Audio type: PCM 2.0 & PCM 5.0 No mention of HD audio or bitrates Audio rating: 5/5
Overall rating: 5/5
Summary comment: One of the earliest operas ever written given a brilliant stage production plus superb singing and orchestration.
Author: Tassie Devil Date: October 5 2009
Detailed Comment: Basically the story of the opera centres around the tussle between good and evil, the good being personified in Zoroastre with his love for Amelite and the evil in the sorceror Abramante allied to Erinice, the sister of Amelite who also desires Zorostrate but is vengeful because of rejection.
Rameau was 66 when he composed this piece and it reflects his maturity with its sensuous and cleverly designed music. There are layers of interpretation which are easy to miss but the excellent one hour documentary gives a great introduction and should be viewed first, something I failed to do and so became somewhat perplexed about what was going on. Unfortunately the accompanying booklet gives no written synopsis, an unfortunate omission as the 4 minute verbal description is next to useless. I extracted one from the net and it helped to explain what was going on.
The singing is uniformly excellent with appropriate costuming and excellent lighting to make the production very attractive.
Rameau was a contemporary of Bach and Handel so if you like their music then this is a must for your collection and one which I will return to again. I'm purchasing the CD set featuring William Christie, Les Arts Florissants, et al. and this will add to further enjoyment of this delightful work.
Posted 06 October 2009 - 10:05 AM
Posted 06 October 2009 - 01:17 PM
Yes they were pointless but thankfully there were very few of them.
The other "trick" on some of these lately is to occasionally switch the subtitles up top to make them easier to read. While appreciating that motive the alternative, and much better idea IMO, is to use white or yellow lettering with black surround on each letter. This is very effective.
But these are niggles. What we can appreciate in the home these days is very gratifying, particularly for fans like myself who have little hope of ever seeing a good live event like these on disc.
Posted 10 December 2009 - 07:10 AM