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Bellini;Vincenzo Norma


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  • Actors: Bellini, Cedolins, Ganassi, La Scola, Carella
  • Directors: D'Augustino
  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Color, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,194 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Bellini;Vincenzo Norma

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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful
An excellent "Norma" June 6 2009
By SILVIA COSTA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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.
28 of 31 people found the following review helpful
A Historical Norma, first rate March 13 2010
By S. Hutton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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 Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Bel Canto? no. but exciting, yes! Sept. 19 2010
By Dr. John W. Rippon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
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.
14 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Thanks to other reviewers for encouraging me! April 1 2010
By Thomas E. Ascher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd like to thank other reviewers who encouraged me to purchase this. I've been waiting many years for this video. I have others, notably by Sutherland and Caballe who sing the role beautifully but are lacking something either in technical, visual and sound quality, or who don't excite me much in appearance or acting. I was wary of purchasing this as I've never heard of Fiorenza Cedolins. I was also wary of another minimalist production. But overall, I have to say this is one of the most satisfying, overall, of any of the video Norma's I've seen. Cedolins is beautiful to look at, she has a true trill and glissando, and more importantly a delicacy of interpretation that is uniquely her own, not an attempt to mimic Callas or anyone else. Plus, the sound of this production, not just the voices but the orchestra as well, is absolutely stunning! I thoroughly enjoyed watching and listening to this.


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