Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky details
|Starring:||Philip Langridge, Bryn Terfel, Min Tanaka, Jessye Norman|
Oedipus Rex - Stravinsky
|Rental release:||13 Jun 2005|
Most helpful review
Love Stravinsky?By MichaelW from Hampshire , 10 Oct 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]If you love the music of Stravinsky and if you know this piece then this is definitely worth watching. Once you have got over the fact that the narrator is talking in Japanese and is a woman (rather than the traditional male in this role) then everything starts to fall into place. The influence of Japanese theatre sits quite comfortably with the Japanese narrator, the Latin text, and the Greek theme. The singers are all excellent particularly Langridge in the title role and the orchestral playing first rate.
An Exciting Blend of Nationalist StylesBy Seedyvee (207 reviews) from Grantham , 16 Jun 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]This is an exciting amalgum of various artforms and nationalist traditions. The music has both the big tune of Verdi and Puccini from the soloists and the choruses have the elemental power of Orff. It is also great to see Greek tragedy on a modern stage.
Really interestingBy a customer from London , 29 Apr 2009After having been slightly nonplussed by this work in concert, I finally 'get it' with this production. The japanese presentation works extremely well. I though the speaker was great even if I didn't understand a word. Unlike other people, I'm not convinced Jessye Norman is the star of this, though her voice is remarkable. The male leads are both excellent and have presence, secure pitch and timbre. Don't worry about all the make-up.
Oedipus Rex - stravinskyBy missyau (3 reviews) from London , 23 Apr 2009the setting and the music look good ! its a fualty disc the dvd stop playing from 45ish mins but i am not too bothered for missing the second half.
Great, but not for everyoneBy PaoloC (57 reviews) from Norwich , 23 Mar 2009This recording from the early 1990s captures two outstanding performers, Jessye Norman as Jocasta and Philip Langridge as Oedipus, with a towering orchestral rendering by Ozawa. The production combines Japanese theatre, Indonesian puppetry with Cycladic masks in a ritualised stylised version which captures the power of Stravinsky's music, and the female Kabuki narrator brings a new dimension of menace to her introduction to the opera. BUT the make-up for the men is so heavy that it is difficult to take in close-up, and only one - of two of us - was able to watch to the end
TotemicBy a customer from Bath , 20 Sep 2008This is a stunning American-Japanese production intended to honour Stavinsky's own vision of how the opera should be produced. It includes puppetry inspired by ancient Greek and Japanese sculpture that dance the words of the characters. An imaginative staging with brilliantly realised visual metaphors and powerful performances by Jesse Norman in particular make this more than just a visual spectacle.