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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Barry Mora/Leopold Haverl - Manz; Stafford Dean/Pavel Mikulik - Marti; Helen Field/Dana Moravkova - Vreli; Arthur Davies/Michal Dlouhy - Sali; Thomas Hampson - The Dark Fiddler; Pamela Mildenhall/Katerina Svobodova - Vreli as a child; Samuel Linay/Jan Kalous - Sali as a child.
Petr Weigl’s spell-binding, on-location film of Delius’s masterpiece A Village Romeo and Juliet presents a contemporary view on the timeless tragedy of Romeo and Juliet. The celebrated Decca (Argo) recording features the young lovers, Vreli and Sali, bewitched by the Dark Fiddler (Thomas Hampson). The drama is set in Switzerland and includes Delius’s celebrated “Walk to the Paradise Garden”. This DVD contains an exclusive bonus feature and
a previously unreleased documentary, “Discovering Delius”, Derek Bailey’s illuminating biography, which traces Delius’s colourful life and career from his early days in Florida through to his tranquil years in Grez-sur-Loing. The film includes contributions from Delius’s amanuensis Eric Fenby. Now available for the first time on DVD, benefiting from the presence of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Chinese subtitles, plus the presentation of the opera in DTS 5.1 Surround.
Works on This Recording
A Village Romeo and Juliet by Frederick Delius
Thomas Hampson (Baritone)
Sir Charles Mackerras
Arnold Schoenberg Choir
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1900-1901; France
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
a Village Romeo and Juliet August 27, 2012
By Richard Esterman (Cathedral City, CA) See All My Reviews
"It's a very pleasant work and the performance is excellent."
A rarity made available May 10, 2012
By BURTON A jONES, JR. (Pearland, TX) See All My Reviews
"This is a film with actors on screen and singers off camera. I don't usually favor this type of production but it is the only game in town as far as I know and is more sucessful than most. If you are shocked by nudity in opera however, don't buy this DVD."