Handel/Admeto (Unitel Classica/C Major) + Pouleric/Dialogues
des Carmelites (ArtHaus) + The
(Bel Air Classiques/Naxos Blu-rays)
B- (Dialogues: C+) Sound: B Extras: C (Admeto: C+) Concerts: B-/C+/B
at more Classical Blu-rays distributed by Naxos,
we see one of them is a classic we covered in another performance a while
ago. Handel’s comic Admeto was issued in a performance by Openhaus Halle via
ArtHaus. Here was our coverage:
second version is staged by Doris Dorrie, has Solo Dance and Choreography by
Tadashi Endo and features the Festpielorchester Gottingen led by conductor
Nicholas McGegan. I thought it was good,
but not great and the humor did not appeal to me either. Maybe the other version was better, but this
was simply not as consistent as expected.
I would try the other Blu-ray first, also available from Naxos.
Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites
stage directed by Nikolaus Lehnhoff, conducted by Simone Young and featuring
the Philharmoniker Hamburg is based on the Georges Bernanos play about spirituality
and existence. I was not a big fan of
this work and the people all seem doomed before the first scene, with the work
almost telegraphing its intents in advance.
Performances are good, but the work was disappointing overall. I would like another version to compare to.
we have the ballet La Fille Du Pharaon
(The Pharaoh’s Daughter) with no
less than the Bolshoi Ballet and it is the clear winner here for performance
and even playback. Svetlana Zakharova
and Sergei Filin are among a strong cast and excellent dancers/performers,
Pierre LaCotte (after Marius Petipa) created the ballet itself, Cesare Pugni
did the music and the Musical Direction is by Alexander Sotnikov. It is very energetic, a little politically
incorrect and set decades ago as an Englishman visits Egypt and
1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image on all the productions can be colorful
and the money is in all the productions, but just about all of them have motion
blur, but Dialogues is particularly
weak. The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio)
lossless mixes on all the titles are rather excellent throughout, though Pharaoh recreates the open area of the
stage that might seem weak, but is accurate.
All have 5.1 mixes, but Dialogues
is 7.1 and it manages not to sound too stretched out or thinned out. Extras on all include thick, essay and
illustration-loaded booklets inside the Blu-ray cases, while Admeto adds a behind-the-scenes
- Nicholas Sheffo