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I think Ozawa is almost as complete as one can get the music on disc. It's
certainly "more complete" than the recordings with Fricsay, Maag and
another one or two I have.
I think the one below is probably the most complete version ever -- Sargent's
1954 BBC SO recording, with all of the music performed in the context of an
almost complete performance of the play (with Moira Shearer, Stanley Holloway
Patrick Macnee, but no Mrs. Peel? :-)
The wonderful Diana Rigg was about 16 years old in 1954. But she played
Helena in a 1968 film of MSND. It also lso included Derek Godfrey, Ian
Holm, Helen Mirren, David Warner and Judi Dench. Not well received
Ms. Rigg is still working at 81. That's more than I can say for me (at
Diana Rigg: 1938 - 2020
The Winged Avenger finally got to Mrs. Peel!
RIP - I'll miss her!
The movie wasn't well received, but that was in part because the
director (Peter Hall) couldn't decide whether he was making it for the
big screen or the TV. That led to certain oddities. I watched it once
and didn't think it so bad. But...
The film was generally poorly received by critics. Penelope Houston,
reviewing the film for The Spectator, wrote:
Mr Hall's lovers … caper in their mini-skirts and flowered Beatle
blouses … around a stately home so sparsely furnished that you feel the
removal men are either assembling or dismantling. But stage influences
and scaling creep in: half the time … they might as well be running
around one small studio-planted coppice, with another daub of mud
slapped over their foreheads at the end of each circuit. Make-up seems
to present unlikely difficulties: Peaseblossom, Mustard Seed and their
confreres … appear startlingly haggard, as though late nights
ministering to Titania were taking their toll. The vaguely silvery,
vaguely dun-coloured faces of Oberon's flock seem to belong at stage
distance; close- up, the fairy kingdom looks like a dusky progressive
school suffering from a nasty epidemic of pink-eye. (Wiki)