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Verdi;Giuseppe La Forza Del De [Blu-ray]

Violeta Urmana , Roberto Scandiuzzi    NR (Not Rated)   Blu-ray
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4.0 out of 5 stars I love opera on blu-ray Dec 7 2009
La Forza del Destino of Giuseppe Verdi is always pleasant to hear especially when you see and hear it with the best sound and picture format which exist on this blu-ray.
It was recorded live at the Teatro Communale, Firenze 2007. Zubin Mehta is the music conductor. I always find this opera a little bit too long(189 MINUTES)having seen it twice in person; once in New York at the Met and in Europe (Budapest). This is why I love viewing it at home where I can stop the DVD and take a break. You will enjoy this production.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great April 22 2011
By Satish Kamath - Published on Amazon.com
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The Good?
This is one Verdi opera wherein the conductor plays a huge big role. Zubin Mehta leading the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a beautifully balanced display of nuance and orchestral color. An excellent audio recording and editing team has enhanced the effect of all this, including that of the singers.

A rather good batch of singers (Violeta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, Carlo Guelfi) give what I would term as a very uninspired performance, although, visually, they hardly match the characters they are supposed to be playing. That happens all the time. True, this Opera is perhaps the least performed of the Verdi greats, and has probably one of the most unlikely and rather boring plots too. So it would take something extra from the singers to make it a little more exciting - something that these singers just could not do.

The Video is as good as a blu ray shot mostly in softer if not dark backgrounds and lighting can be. Kudos.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It didn't wow me Jan. 8 2011
By R. Kreutzer - Published on Amazon.com
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My father used to play La Forza and other operas like Nabucco, Flying Dutchmen etc. on Sunday afternoons.
La Forza was one time too often for me and I haven't listened to it for about 45 years.
When I saw this Blu Ray, I thought I give it another try. I have heard Scandiuzzi on James Levine's 25th Met anniversary, Marcello Giordani in a Butterfly production and Carlo Guelfi in Pagliacci and I liked their voices. I am somewhat neutral on Violeta Urmana and I can't compare this production to anything else currently on the market.
It is a traditional production and video is fine. Most shots show the principal singers in the middle of the screen with little acting. There is a dance scene in the 3rd act and that's when the video direction falls into MTV habits with cuts every 1.5 seconds and you can't see much of the dancers.
Sound is DTS-HD MA 7.1 (or PCM stereo). The soundstage is about the width between the front speakers with little use of the surround speakers. Orchestra and chorus are well recorded, I just wished for a broader sound stage. The principal voices come mainly through the center speaker. I prefer them to move across the stage as the singers move across. But as most shots show the singers in the middle of the screen, it's somewhat logical to have the sound come from the middle, too. But it doesn't give you the impression of dimension.
EDIT: About 1 hour 52 min. into the performance, the voices are suddenly in line with the position of the singers on stage and not through the center alone anymore. It sounds more realistic that way to me. Hard to tell why it wasn't done like that from the start. END EDIT
Most of the time sound between singers, orchestra and chorus is balanced and the orchestra rarely overpowers.
Considering other recordings I have, I can call this one only good due to the lackluster use of the surround channels and sending the voices simply to the center. PCM stereo gives even less the impression of being there.
May be not surprising, nobody claims credit for being the sound engineer.

Addition on 5/1/12: I have listened to it recently at a louder volume setting and noticed that the surround effect gets better, as the volume picks up and it sounds quite a bit better at higher loudness levels. I have thus raised my judgement to 4 stars.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great opera blue ray disc will now not play. July 20 2014
By Mike D. - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this great tragic opera. It has so much to offer including musical commentary on war. One of the great endings of all time. And this blue ray has a truly memorable cast, musicians, and production. I've watched it many times since purchasing maybe 5-8 time.
I've watched it March past and now my Samsung blue ray player will not play it or recognize it's content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excelent performance Oct. 27 2012
By NELSON M PADILLA A - Published on Amazon.com
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The audio is very well produced and mastered, Metha plays an important role on the direction which I found close to perfect. Giordani is a great tenor, great high notes and superb expression, Urmana excellent too. Great production. Verdi would be glad to hear it !! Great Blu Ray!
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5.0 out of 5 stars La forza del destino (Blu Ray) - Violeta Urmana April 1 2012
By Jorge Nieto JOnes - Published on Amazon.com
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Es una excelente ópera, con un reparto genial, la dirección orquestal de Metha es de primera calidad, recomiendo a otros adquirirla y disfrutarla en familia.
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