This is the first version of Ariadne with the intro of the Bourgeois Gentilhomme instead of the later sung prologue. And the actual opera is also different mainly with passages which were later dropped from the revised version. My initial reason for buying the disc was the presence of Jonas Kaufmann. Usually with Ariadne the anti-climax is the arrival of Bacchus who is something of a disappointment. Not so here. Kaufmann easily earns his salary. The performance is quite good. All the singers are first rate. But the problem is that introductory play. It takes up 1:30 of a 3 hour evening and there is very little incidental music for the play.
I would give the performance 5 stars solely for the singing and the chance to hear the original Ariadne. For one thing Zerbinetta has a much longer scene as well as another aria. But in the future I'm afraid I will skip the play and perhaps play the prologue from another set. It is the play that brings my rating down to 4 stars.
PS I had no trouble playing the disc.
- Format: Classical, NTSC, Widescreen
- Language: German
- Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Korean, Chinese
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Sony Music Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 15 July 2014
- Run Time: 192 minutes
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- ASIN: B00H28A5LW
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- #28507 in Movies (Movies & TV)