Jean-Claude Malgoire, Deutsche Händel Solisten - Antonio Salieri: Tarare (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x420) | Francais (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | 175 min | 7.55 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: Arthaus Musik | Sub: Francais, Deutsch, English, Espanol, Italiano, Japanese | Recorded: 1988
The work is an extraordinary curiosity; a child of the heady days just before the French Revolution, Tarare is the famous French writer's only opera and one of the Italian composer's rare French scores. First and most strikingly a work of social and political commentary, Tarare is also an entertaining work of theatre. Salieri's music supports these aims admirably and offers a few memorable moments of its own. As an opera form, Tarare defies easy categorization; it may be best described as a comedic satire dressed in the clothes of a sprawling 5 act lyric tragedy, complete with Prologue and a grand divertissement with dance.