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Mercifully the little boy is not adopted by the emperor and, having survived all the wizardry of Paris at its most inventive, can go back to his modest family and again observe grandfather at his potting [watch and listen -- chapter 3, 45:30-46:30]. If it is not always clear which character is which when performing inside a jar, the explanatory supplements show singers at their natural size and in their everyday persona. It would have been indiscreet of Chaudet to give away all the computer secrets that have gone to the making of this Rossignol, but we see enough to marvel at their ingenuity and to rejoice that for the most part they enhance the fairy-tale atmosphere of the original.

Hugo Simcic as the child, reunited with his grandfather. Screenshot © 2005 Agat Films & Cie/ ARTE France / Mikros image
Hugo Simcic as the child, reunited with his grandfather. Screenshot © 2005 Agat Films & Cie/ ARTE France / Mikros image

 

Copyright © 30 November 2006 Robert Anderson, London UK

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Stravinsky: Le Rossignol

5 44242 9 DVD9 NTSC 16:9 All regions Linear PCM Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 FIRST RELEASE 50' 1999 EMI Records Ltd (audio); 2005 Agat Films & Cie / ARTE France / Mikros image (video)

Natalie Dessay, le rossignol; Hugo Simcic, l'enfant; Marie McLaughlin, la cuisinière; Violeta Urmana, la mort; Vsevolod Grivnov, le pêcheur; Albert Schagidullin, l'empereur; Laurent Naouri, le chambellan; Maxime Mikhailov, le bonze; Orchestre et Choeurs de l'Opera National de Paris; James Conlon, direction; Daniel Zalay, producer (audio recording - Radio France); Dominique Barneaud, producer (film); Hughes Namur, special effects supervisor

Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971): Le Rossignol ('The Nightingale', 1914, revised 1962, libretto by the composer and Stephan Mitusov, after Hans Christian Andersen; film by Christian Chaudet) plus bonus features about the making of the film, post-production and the audio recording session

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