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24-10-2012, 09:00 AM
RE: Book V. Movie
(24-10-2012 07:53 AM)Vera Wrote:  
(24-10-2012 06:52 AM)Bucky Ball Wrote:  I really like the Amadeus play, mostly because I love the Mozart operas. They are some of the very few, (along with Fidelio), I have the patience to sit through. In Don Giovanni, the horrendous relationship Wolfy had with his father, is highlighted, and how both he and his sister were paraded around Europe, in an abusive fashion, by a control freak, for his personal glorification. In Don Giovanni, it is either THE first time or one of the first times in Western art, that the hero figure finally remains unredeemed, and actually literally falls into hell. So we know that Wolfgang despised his father. Also his "Marriage of Figaro" is an astounding piece of music and literature. He actually make fun of the aristocracy who are sitting in his audience, and their pompous hypocrisy. Then at the end, is am amazing bit of humanism, in the Enlightenment, as the Countess, in one of the most beautiful pieces of music Mozart ever wrote, "stoops" to forgive her husband, after his infidelity. I never tire of that scene of reconciliation.

I like the play a lot, too; mind you, it's been a long time since I've read it or seen the movie and back than I was still religious (Undecided), so it kinda changed the way I saw things, but back then I thought the play was much more about Salieri and god and his attempt to show god that man cannot be mocked, than it was about Mozart and Salieri/talent and mediocrity, yet the Salieri/god thing was completely missing from the movie (I think)...

The funny thing is, it's rather unfair on Salieri, who was by no means the talentless, murdering hack most people seem to think he was... though not a genius like Mozart, he was actually quite good.

While I'm much more into Baroque (and mostly Italian Baroque), than into Classical music per se, you're so right about his works (and the reconciliation scene!). I, too, cannot sit through an opera, but that's mostly because I can rarely do only one thing at a time, so I usually listen to them at home, while translating or doing mindless stuff on my computer, to keep my hands occupied. Once again, I quite like the Italian operas (I have a strong affinity for Italian music), esp. Donizetti.

PS. Also, don't forget that some of the admiration should go to the librettists and the writers whose works the operas are based on Smile

PPS. Speaking of beautiful (and as a fellow Pergolesi admirer, though it's not actually his, after all...) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDX0Ih2tjAk (not my most favourite version, but...)

My favorite is Rossini's Barber of Seville. It's hilarious. Lots of great tunes, to hum.
I saw Fidelio in San Diego a few years ago. They did it in drab "Eastern European" modern costumes, (as in "Communist State"). The soprano had a padded jacket, (you thought she was "hefty" at least), and a cap which hid her hair for most of the opera. At the end when all was revealed, she took off her cap and jacket. The sets and scenery was brilliant, from San Francisco. The backdrop was a blue sky/ocean. When she took off her hat , she had long blond hair, and the jacket removal revealed a svelte "blond babe". It was SO hilarious, and perfect for Californians. The "prison" walls fell "in" on itself, around the cast.

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Book V. Movie - Dark Light - 24-10-2012, 12:31 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - DLJ - 24-10-2012, 12:55 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Bucky Ball - 24-10-2012, 01:01 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 24-10-2012, 04:14 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Bucky Ball - 24-10-2012, 06:52 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 24-10-2012, 07:53 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Bucky Ball - 24-10-2012 09:00 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 24-10-2012, 09:20 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Chas - 24-10-2012, 06:27 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Dark Light - 24-10-2012, 09:28 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Chas - 24-10-2012, 10:04 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Dark Light - 24-10-2012, 12:00 PM
RE: Book V. Movie - Chas - 24-10-2012, 12:37 PM
RE: Book V. Movie - aurora - 25-10-2012, 07:26 PM
RE: Book V. Movie - Chas - 26-10-2012, 05:52 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Aseptic Skeptic - 24-10-2012, 09:58 AM
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RE: Book V. Movie - Smooshmonster - 25-10-2012, 01:17 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 25-10-2012, 01:26 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - lucradis - 25-10-2012, 08:36 AM
Book V. Movie - Erxomai - 25-10-2012, 08:37 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 25-10-2012, 10:54 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Erxomai - 25-10-2012, 11:59 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 25-10-2012, 12:14 PM
RE: Book V. Movie - Erxomai - 25-10-2012, 01:50 PM
RE: Book V. Movie - nach_in - 25-10-2012, 09:41 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Chas - 25-10-2012, 11:30 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - nach_in - 25-10-2012, 11:53 AM
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RE: Book V. Movie - Vera - 27-10-2012, 08:34 AM
RE: Book V. Movie - Anjele - 27-10-2012, 08:31 AM
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