Karl Böhm, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gundula Janowitz, René Kollo, Edita Gruberova - Strauss: Ariadne auf Naxos (2007/1978)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) VBR | Deutsch (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (DTS, 6 ch) | 7.02 Gb (DVD9) | 127 min
Classical | Deutsche Grammophon | Sub: Deutsch, English, Francais, Espanol, Chinese
This DVD of Ariadne is a 1978 film based on Filippo Sanjust’s Vienna State Opera production. The bustling Prologue is set in the backstage area of the mogul’s palace and the 18th century costumes fit neatly. In the opera proper, the stage is transformed into a very stagey desert island with an improbable set of stairs leading to the heroine’s cave, the action spilling over into the theatre’s side boxes at times. While there’s nothing particularly imaginative about the production, it never distracts from the main event–the music. Strauss was profligate in his melodic gifts, his ability to make a reduced orchestra sound big, and his wonderful obsession with the female voice, which yields many glorious moments in the opera. Lavish casting helps.