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La Forza Del Destino [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: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001GF5K6M
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Forza Del Destino (La) (2 Dvd)

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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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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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3.0 out of 5 stars One keeps hoping... Feb. 13 2009
By Robert Baksa - Published on
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars where is the passion? April 12 2009
By A. Lupu - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It didn't wow me Jan. 8 2011
By R. Kreutzer - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great April 22 2011
By Satish Kamath - Published on
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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 The Blu Ray is worth having in your collection July 25 2010
By Mr. John A. Coulson - Published on
Format: DVD
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.