Pavarotti - Verdi - Ernani details
|Genres:||Music/Musical, World Cinema|
|Studio:||UNIVERSAL CLASSICS & JAZZ|
Pavarotti - Verdi - Ernani
|Rental release:||01 Oct 2007|
|Subtitles:||Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish|
Most helpful review
You have to love opera to love thisBy jennifer claire from Ireland , 08 May 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]Its not one that will grab the non-opera film buff, but Pavarotti in his prime is something to behold, and if this isn't a great plot line- a sort of love quadrangle, with an 'I've painted myself into a corner' ending, its still worth seeing , and even more worth hearing. the rst of the cast is excellent, and all in all its good stuff.
Ernanai metropole operaBy blenky (44 reviews) from birmingham , 08 Jun 2011having seen the LA Scala one with Domingo and Freni I as looking forword to comparing this one,whilst it was not up to the same standard I was not totaly disappointed,Pavarotti was excellent, Leona Mitchell was a soprano that had got past me,not heard of her before,but she was excellent as well, Raimondi excelled,and Sherrill Milnes was brilliant,could not agree with the review that said it showed its age,and was dark,thought it was a very good recording would rent it again any time.
Customer ReviewBy a customer from UK , 23 Jun 2008This is early 'bel canto' Verdi. Musically not yet his best but still pretty good.
The DVD is from a 1983 recording, although it looked older, the picture was rather dim and the colours faded. The advantage is that Pavarotti was then not so overweight and was able to move freely around the stage.
The 4 principals were all fine singers with Ruggero Raimondi for me getting the top honours.
The production treated this very much as 'bel canto' opera i.e. a showcase for the singers with the story and the drama a poor second. This was made worse by the audience who seemed to be in a mood to applaud anything and everything. Some of the singing was very fine and deserved the applause but every scene change (including some quite minor ones) was also applauded. The result was to badly break up the flow of the action.
For me this version falls between two stools. As 'bel canto' opera the music is not really good enough to alone sustain 2hrs worth of opera - the drama is needed as well. As drama however this production was far too plodding and uninvolving (the La Scala version under Muti was drammatically much better). The audience reaction was interesting, in the first act there was very little coughing but by the fourth act the coughing was becoming quite noticeable and intrusive. This suggests that by the fourth act the audience were losing interest in the whole thing, and in truth so was I.
You have to love opera to love thisBy jennifer claire from Ireland , 08 May 2008Its not one that will grab the non-opera film buff, but Pavarotti in his prime is something to behold, and if this isn't a great plot line- a sort of love quadrangle, with an 'I've painted myself into a corner' ending, its still worth seeing , and even more worth hearing. the rst of the cast is excellent, and all in all its good stuff.
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