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Bellini;Vincenzo Norma [Import]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bellini, Cedolins, Ganassi, La Scola, Carella
  • Directors: D'Augustino
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Spanish, Italian, German
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Arthaus Musik
  • Release Date: May 26 2009
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • ASIN: B0020MST72

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful
An excellent "Norma" June 6 2009
By SILVIA COSTA - Published on
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People who love opera know that "Norma" is a master piece of "Bel Canto", and one of the most beautiful operas ever composed. The singing is very demanding for the main roles, and it is very uncommon to find a performance in which all singers have good quality voices. If we look for "Norma" in Amazon's site, we can find about 10 DVD recorded before this one, and only two of them have been rated between 4 and 5 stars, Gruberova's and Caballe's "Normas". Although I agree with those rates, I must say that this new DVD is better than those ones in many ways:
a)the voices have been well chosen for all roles, and are well balanced among them;
b)the florid ornamentations and cadences, typical of "Bel Canto", are beautifully sung;
c)sound and image are extraordinarily good;
d)Fiorenza Cedolins's acting and pronunciation are outstanding;
e)chorus and orchestra are almost perfect.
31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
A Historical Norma, first rate March 13 2010
By S. Hutton - Published on
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I have been following performances of NORMA since Mme Callas' time and, make no mistake, this is a historical interpretation. Mme Cedolin, I'm sure, is the first singing actor to show just how much the energy of Medea flows through Norma. Not even Mme Callas went that far. Her acting is not only superior; it is definitive. Such meshing of body movements and music one can find only in the rare Callas footage.

I for one find her voice ideally suited to the role as she interprets it and that puts her right smack in the Callas current. We are blessed to know of it. No, it is not the most beatiful Norma I ever heard, but it is the most telling and convincing.

That said, her colleagues do not let her down, and her conductor is superb. This is a Norma to cherish.

I long ago stopped searching for the "ideal" Norma. Almost every version out there is fine, and one should really know them all.

This one is VERY special. I wish you its acquaintance.
18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
If you like your Norma sounding like Tosca....yes? Sept. 10 2010
By Wayne Leigh - Published on
For those whom Puccini is considered as Bel Canto as Bellini, this Norma is for you. Indeed you might quite enjoy it, and think highly of it (evident from the previous reviews). However, Only Ganassi is recognizably Bellinian. Cedolins' coloratura, contrary to what other reviews said, is smudgy at best, and her phrasing is distorted. But recording is nonetheless no worse than those by Papian or Dessi, and does not stand up to comparison with the great and respectable Normas of the past - Callas, Sutherland, Caballe, even Scotto, Gencer, Deutekom, Bumbry, Verrett and Elinor Ross.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Looking for the perfect Norma March 8 2012
By Phillip - Published on
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Looking for the perfect Norma is like looking for the perfect Don will never be attained. That is the fun of my opinion these 2 operas are the best ever and in my mind's eye and ear I think I know what would be a perfect realization of each masterpiece...........yet like a mirage in the desert it never quite can be touched.

This dvd of Norma is very very good..........the production design is interesting and I appreciated the fact it is presented in widescreen. The singers are great, and I do agree that it is hard to believe the tenor could be such a babe magnet, but one must remember that power makes a man attractive.

The chorus and orchestra are magnificent..................Bellini's wall of sound impressed Wagner and Verdi; the dts 5.1 reproduces that sound better than any other dvd of the opera I have seen. The orchestra is so well recorded...........kudos to the sound engineers on this project.

If you are a Norma fan, you will find this pretty entertaining...........highly recommended.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Bel Canto? no. but exciting, yes! Sept. 19 2010
By Dr. John W. Rippon - Published on
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This is not a "Bel Canto" performance of the signiture role of that art form. What Ms. Cedolins does is make an exciting dramatic rendition of the somewhat stodgy dramaturgy of the story line. Her last act performance could be an encore for Cherubini's Medea. Such dramatic intensity! Yes her vocal production gets fuzzy as other reviewers have noted. But Callas could wabble all over the place. Ms. Cedolins gives us a valid dramatic performance of a Verdian Lady Macbeth sort. Her last act was a little too dramatic perhaps but I'm English and she's definately Italian. I also agree Ganassi was vocally the best of the cast and a true bel canto. Frankly, I cannot see what the girls saw in La Scola's Pollione.
I commend the production for authenticity in making the mistletoe look like it should and growing from an oak branch (it is a parasite of oaks). Also done correctly was the Irminsul constructed as a tree trunk with a marking. This is more Druidian than I've ever seen on stage. The god's spirit(Odin, Woton or many other names) is within or on it. Nice to see someone has done their homework.