Musically and vocally this Rosenkavalier is almost ideal; grand old-school stage animals for the senior parts, rising wunderkind for the younger roles. Most compelling for me is Flott's Marschallin, the most comprehensively acted out interpretation to be seen on video, if not the most ribbon-toned: her response to Faninal's observation that the uncovering of the central love affair is 'how young people are' is met with cultured, succinct vocal acting that cannot be bought for any price.
Beside her the others look a little more studied than I might have hoped for, although I still find myself overwhelmed at all the right moments. This is, of course, mainly to do with Kleiber, making another foray into the filmed - and then running away again almost as the last note is played! If only the performances and indeed, funnily enough, the filming, were less self-conscious. 6/10
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