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Verdi;Giuseppe La Forza Del De [Import]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Studio: Tdk DVD Video
  • Release Date: Jan. 27 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001GF5K6M

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product worth Buying May 17 2009
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The cast is exceptionally strong. Both singing and acting is excellent. Urmana sings with beauty and passion. Giordani is doubtlessly one of the best tenors these days. His performance is stylish and precise. Guelfi serves well as a revengeful Don Carlo. If you wish to own a dvd of this difficult but fantastic opera, this is your first pick.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One keeps hoping... Feb. 13 2009
By Robert Baksa - Published on Amazon.com
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Forza is one of Verdi's most inconsistant pieces, a mixture of wonderful with awful. The sprawling nature of the score and the large cast has perhaps kept it from being performed as much as some of the other Verdi Staples. The Met production, which one would expect would be the benchmark, was sadly let down by Miss Price though it had many other good things. This production, from 2007, conducted by the venerable Zubin Mehta, is basically sabotaged by the entire cast in spite of some interesting staging. Urmana as Leonora is not believable but to be fair she gives it her all. She has a large plummy voice but like most such instruments her's tends to get wobbly. She is a large woman who looks too much like she would put anybody who opposed her in their place in short order. Alvaro is much too old to do daring things like abduct his sweetheart, he also sounds too old, unfortunately. In addition he is wooden. If he was given any stage direction, he did not use it. Father Guardiano is wooley and Preciosilla is wobbly although attractive enough. Melitone, who is usually sung by a large buffa, is in this performance a small imp of a man and he quite steals the show. One thing in its favor is that I think some traditional cuts were opened up in this performance. But this new Forza can only considered a stopgap until the real thing comes along.

The most interesting Forza I have seen was a pirate tape from La Scala conducted by Muti. The Leonora was very young and vulnerable so that one empathized more with her plight. This cast also included Leo Nucci and Jose Cura, the latter being dashing enough to act in the impetuous ways of Alvaro. The La Scala sets and staging were also very interesting. Perhaps one day an enterprising company will release this version.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars where is the passion? April 12 2009
By A. Lupu - Published on Amazon.com
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La Forza is a difficult opera to stage. The plot is not really exciting to present day audiences, but the music is one of the best Verdi composed, beautiful solos, duets and ensembles. According to Verdi: "the singers must have soul, understand the words and express their meaning. That's where this production fails; there is no passion in the singing or in acting. Urmana tries her best but the male singers are "just there", no passion. These days of DVDs and close-ups we expect the singers/actors to convey passion and emotions, and in this production they are not there. Even more, the incredible overture Verdi composed for this opera, considered by some as the best he ever composed, lacks conviction and does not create the tension needed for what will follow.
Still, if you haven't gone to La Forza before, it is good enough to introduce you to the opera wishing a better production will appear on DVD in the future.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Blu Ray is worth having in your collection July 25 2010
By Mr. John A. Coulson - Published on Amazon.com
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Verdi appeared to love tragedies with the hero or heroine (in this case both) dying in the last scene. All of the family of the Marquis of Calatrava we see in this opera expire in the unlikely tale, but then how many operas are realistic? - it is pointless to criticise the storyline. And there is some very good singing in this production accompanied very impressively with an orchestra conducted by Mehta. Lithuanian soprano Violeta Urmana sings the role of Leonora very capably and is backed up with very good performances by Marcello Giordani singing the role of Alvaro, a man pursued by the vengeful Don Carlo sung by Carlo Guelfi. Although this production did not make the hairs stand up on the back of my neck I was impressed with it overall, particularly the male chorus work.
Audio and video are up to the best BD standards which means they are excellent.
So, recommended to add to your collection.

John
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