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Verdi: Macbeth [DVD] [2006]

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  • Directors: Liliana Cavani
  • Format: Classical, Colour, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: TDK
  • DVD Release Date: 28 May 2007
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Q7ZKWA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 225,264 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Leo Nucci leads the cast of this production of Verdi's opera, recorded live at the Teatro Regio Di Parma in 2006. Bruno Bartoletti leads the orchestra, and other cast members include Enrico Giuseppe Iori, Sylvie Valayre and Roberto Iulianio.

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What makes this production so rewarding are the utterly compelling performances of the Macbeths, Shakespearean in intensity. Leo Nucci… is scrupulous in observing Verdi's markings and his Macbeth is a deeply thought portrayal. French soprano Sylvie Valayre…. is just as good here, her manipulative nature clearly emphasised. --Mark Pullinger, International Record Review --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Noam Eitan on 13 Jan. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This was issued before on DVD by TDK in 2007 and reissued on DVD by ARTHAUS MUSIK in 2011. It was compiled from 6 performances given at Parma in October 2006. The blu-ray case has "FILMED IN HIGH DEFINITION", but the picture quality is no better than that of an average DVD from the period.

Nucci gives a superbly nuanced performance vocally, with tremendous urgency and pathos, suave timbre that he paints in different shades, no hint of fatigue, and more dramatic weight than most Macbeths today (it has now become customary to cast voices two sizes too small for the role). His singing is a lesson in style and legato.

Sylvie Valayre as Lady Macbeth has a huge dark voice perfectly suited in timbre to the role. The role requires a lot of qualities, and Valayre's voice ticks all the boxes perfectly, with one small exception: the role requires quite a significant degree of agility, and Valayre has about 95% of it. There are 2 bars on "retrocede", right before Vieni, t'affretta, where the little notes are difficult for her to negotiate fast enough and she has to simplify the passagework here: she turns the four descending cascades into some kind of a simple descending scale. These two rapid coloratura bars are placed right at the start of the role among dramatic, forceful declamations - it's Verdi's way of signaling the role's requirement to the singer right from the get-go. But this is a tiny part of the score, it isn't Norma, and such huge dramatic voices can pirouette vocally only so fast, so that cannot even register as a legitimate complaint. She sings a loud and perfectly secure high Db in Una macchia and even manages some of the trills in the Brindisi.
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Musically this is one of the best performances of Verdi’s Macbeth, even to rival the famous 1952 from La Scala live recording with Callas and de Sabata conducting. Not that anyone can rival Callas as Lady Macbeth, but the rest of the cast are better on this disc.
Leo Nucci, in a word is simply superb. He is getting on a bit (age wise) but he is still capable of delivering a very well sung and very well acted Macbeth. Sylvie Valayre delivers a very powerful Lady Macbeth (no Callas even remotely, but still excellent.)
The conducting of Bruno Bartoletti is very powerful, accurate, dynamic and to quote the cover of the disc “as Verdi should be played!” although alas the comment refers to the staging.
The staging is simply incomprehensible. Leaving aside the fact that the witches are presented as women working in a laundry (!) the background of the stage is a half bombed theatre, complete with spectators. Of these spectators, dressed as such too, some are members of the chorus, some are just there to be seen and some are plastic dolls! What does this add to the opera, I wonder.
The sound and the image of the blu-ray are good, not first rate, but really good. Yes I do recommend this version, but with all the reservations I have explained.
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By John Blakeman on 10 July 2013
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This was sung very well, a good production worth adding to your music collection for opera lovers watched it three times so far.
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1 of 12 people found the following review helpful By alibalibeegood on 19 Feb. 2010
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Although this arrived very swiftly I was dissapointed as it was not sealed and was scratched.

Was glad not to have sent it directly, as it was a gift.

I returned it and got a full refund, but not on the return postage as promised.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Well Cast 13 Jan. 2013
By Noam Eitan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
This was issued before on DVD by TDK in 2007 and reissued on DVD by ARTHAUS MUSIK in 2011. It was compiled from 6 performances given at Parma in October 2006. The blu-ray case has "FILMED IN HIGH DEFINITION", but the picture quality is no better than that of an average DVD from the period.

Nucci gives a superbly nuanced performance vocally, with tremendous urgency and pathos, suave timbre that he paints in different shades, no hint of fatigue, and more dramatic weight than most Macbeths today (it has now become customary to cast voices two sizes too small for the role). His singing is a lesson in style and legato.

Sylvie Valayre as Lady Macbeth has a huge dark voice perfectly suited in timbre to the role. The role requires a lot of qualities, and Valayre's voice checks all the boxes perfectly, with one small exception: the role requires quite a significant degree of agility, and Valayre has about 95% of it. There are 2 bars on "retrocede", right before Vieni, t'affretta, where the little notes are difficult for her to negotiate fast enough and she has to simplify the passagework here: she turns the four descending cascades into some kind of a simple descending scale. These two rapid coloratura bars are placed right at the start of the role among dramatic, forceful declamations - it's Verdi's way of signaling the role's requirement to the singer right from the get-go. But this is a tiny part of the score, it isn't Norma, and such huge dramatic voices can pirouette vocally only so fast, so that cannot even register as a legitimate complaint. She sings a loud and perfectly secure high Db in Una macchia and even manages some of the trills in the Brindisi. All things considered, Ladies that are up to the task are very few and rare; most are just horrible but are cast anyway because the opera is popular.

Enrico Iori's Banco is significant in that...he looks like Freddie Mercury - I'm sorry, I just couldn't get over that. He gives a commanding, intense performance.

Roberto Iuliano (Macduff) sings his act IV romanza passionately and gracefully.

The camera work is rather basic and the editing follows a fixed formula. I mention it here because Nucci and Valayre need a more imaginative video direction - you do not want to watch them in close ups. This issue made the experience of watching this blu-ray unpleasant at times. When I watched the performance a second time I turned the TV off whenever the two leads were on because the visuals colored my perception of the vocal aspects negatively. The singers are body miked. What do you need body mikes for in a tiny house like Parma? I noticed that performances where the singers are body miked sound better on headphones. The advantage of good speakers over even the best headphones is the soundstage they provide, but body mics kill the soundstage anyway. Sound engineers deconstruct the sound to a gazillion tracks and reconstruct some artificial mix according to their skills, preferences and available time. With body mics the result is sterile. This is another example of the maxim that the more toys sound engineers have available to play with the worse the outcome.

The staging has spectators on the stage dressed in 1940's costumes, observing the entire opera unresponsive (some are mannequins). The cast is in 17th century costumes. Act I features a dwarf with a long tail that runs around Lady with a letter and later around her consort with a dagger. She enjoys abusing him - this quickly becomes tiresome. The witches are attractive washerwomen who put on fake beards when they engage in witchcraft but mostly manage without them. The ballet that is given complete hinges on their sexual exploits with male dancers - it doesn't rise above the level of a cliché, but under Bruno Bartoletti baton the ballet sounds like great music.Liliana Cavani is an experienced and well-known film and opera director. Her ideas are not offensive, they are just ideas - they don't come together with any meaningful dramatic impact. Nevertheless, this Macbeth is vocally at least a good contender for the top among all available issues.
18 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Enjoy Macbeth! 23 July 2007
By Felipe De La Rosa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Macbeth is one of my favorite operas, and I own most of the released DVDs of this opera. This one is probably the one I enjoy the most. The sound is good, and the conducting, although not exceptional, is also satisfactory. The main singers, Nucci and Valayre, are outstanding. The production, a mixed hibrid of traditional (but with a slightly changed time) and modern (postwar audience sitting on stage) isn't so bad, although a little too simple. This production includes the ballet, which music I consider a plus. The last arias for each of the main characters (the sleep- walking scene and the "Pieta, rispeto, onore") are beautifully rendered by the singers and succesfully captured by the camera: both are really moving!
The other DVDs are dissapointing in some respect: The one with Guleghina has a mediocre conducting and sound, the one with Hampson has an ugly production, and even worst is the production with Bruson. The other I like is that from Glyndebourne, but it looks and sounds a little aged.

Esta es una excelente version de Macbeth. Muy superior a las otras disponibles en DVD, en calidad de sonido, interpretes y produccion. Incluye el ballet. Probablemente no es la ideal (la direccion de orquesta tiene sus pro y sus contras, y la produccion ha variado en algo la epoca y combina una vision tradicional con una vision moderna que tiene a un "publico" mas moderno observando la opera sobre el escenario, es decir todo ocurre dentro de lo que parece un teatro en ruinas), pero es lo mejor que hay. Vale la pena!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good experience on verdian Macbeth 13 Jan. 2008
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I found this one unexpectedly but after looking at I can recommend it as a very good experience on Verdi's version of Macbeth.
It attracted me specially because of stage direction of famous italian director Liliana Cavani, but I discovered many other points of attraction: specially an interesting stage conception (the mixing of dress styles, the onmipresence of chorus and the idea of theatre on theatre).
Sylvie Valayre sings a great Lady, but it is Leo Nucci`s performance that captured me, so great at his last aria.
Some disappointing issues are a not so well light design (some scenes would be great with shadows and blue light rather that full light) and a weak Macbeth last fight with Macduff, but generally speaking is an enjoyable version.
A cycle that continues to impress 30 July 2014
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
The quality of this cycle continue to impress. This is the French version of the opera which includes a ballet in the beginning of the third act. The setting is traditional in its best meaning, and direction, sets and costumes are the best I've seen on DVD/Bluray. The title role is sung by Leo Nucci, still in very good voice, combined with a deep insight into the role. The important role of Lady Macbeth is sung by Sylvie Valayre, who does a good job, although my favourite Lady continues to be Maria Zampieri in a performance from Deutsche Oper Berlin. The conductor, orchestra and chorus are fine. I have noticed that the sound is thinner in this recording than in production from the Royal Opera House on Opus Arte. Although Keenlyside is a formidable Macbeth in that production, I prefer this Parma setting overall.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Bravissimo 29 Dec. 2012
By Kimberley - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I bought this for my husband for Christmas. He said it has fabulous acting on behalf of Nucci and is a wonderful production that uses Elizabethan costumes with avantgarde sets.
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