Customer Reviews


2 Reviews
5 star:
 (1)
4 star:    (0)
3 star:
 (1)
2 star:    (0)
1 star:    (0)
 
 
 
 
 
Average Customer Review
Share your thoughts with other customers
Create your own review
 
 

The most helpful favourable review
The most helpful critical review


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La forza del destino
Exceptional cd ,such beautiful singing, from I think the 3 worlds best opera stars ,Placido Domingo Mirella Freni and Giorgio Zancanaro.the aria ''La vergine degli Angeli '' sung by Freni is perfection at the very best,listen to it and weep.The cd's are the measure of Verdi's beautiful work ,''La Forza Del Destino '' of all verdi's work,is the most complete,both in...
Published 10 months ago by davidwilliamevans

versus
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Assets and liabilities
Muti directs a vivid performance with plenty of energy, and La Scala Chorus & Orchestra are highly responsive to his demands. Maestro is really on the fast side, considering the fact that the text is absolutely complete, and this amounts to 2 hours and 45 minutes of music, playing time often exceeded by versions with cuts, but nowhere you get the impression of music...
Published on 10 Oct 2000


Most Helpful First | Newest First

24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Assets and liabilities, 10 Oct 2000
By A Customer
This review is from: Verdi: La Forza del Destino (Audio CD)
Muti directs a vivid performance with plenty of energy, and La Scala Chorus & Orchestra are highly responsive to his demands. Maestro is really on the fast side, considering the fact that the text is absolutely complete, and this amounts to 2 hours and 45 minutes of music, playing time often exceeded by versions with cuts, but nowhere you get the impression of music moving too fast.
Domingo (Don Alvaro) maintains an even vocal line from the beginning to the end, though one wishes his top would be easier. There are numerous places for the tenor to yield to lachrymose singing, especially in the big aria O tu che in seno agli angeli, but Domingo overcomes that with a firm, heroic tone, and his characterisation is purely on vocal and musical terms, avoiding effects like sobbing and other obtrusive sounds. A warm, heart-felt performance.
Zancanaro (Don Carlo) is, of course, no Milnes or Cappuccilli, but your ears quickly adjust to his dark, somewhat evil timbre, probably ideal for the Count of Luna and Jago. He gives a commanding performance, full of character and incisiveness, and there is no lack of 'italianita' in his singing.
The biggest snag is the recording balance. Although a digital recording (and a reasonably recent one, 1986) one has the impression to listen to an outstanding live performance. The sound is dry and boxed, voices have no bloom and are placed too close to the microphones. Mixing of the orchestra and soloists is far below EMI's best.
Mirella Freni (Leonora) went really too far this time round, since the role is on the heavy side for her, even more than Aida, also recorded for EMI, and she sounds seriously overtaxed. Her top suffers a great deal and in places she tends to depress her voice too much to compensate for the lack of volume. The duet with Padre Guardiano stretches her to the limits of her possibilities and there is no beauty in what is supposed to be one of the climaxes of this opera. Her vocal acting is more appropriate to Puccini rather than Verdi, relying on portamentos and all kinds of excessive breathing. There is no abandon in the famous aria Pace, pace, mio Dio!, and the very final scene is the finest piece, pure, lyric singing, so natural to her.
The supporting cast falls short as well. To my mind, Plishka (Padre Guardiano) is emotionally too detached and his singing lacks luster, Zajic's mezzo (Preziosilla) does not fall easily on the ear either (too wobbly), and Bruscantini as Fra Melitone has no sense of fun, together with badly focused singing, as if out of pitch in places.
All in all, you should think twice before buying this set (it's full price), especially if you wish (or can afford) to have but a single recording of La forza. The older 1976 RCA/BMG recording with L. Price, Domingo, Milnes and Levine conducting has much to recommend and it is sold at mid-price.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars La forza del destino, 17 Feb 2014
Verified Purchase(What is this?)
This review is from: Verdi: La Forza del Destino (Audio CD)
Exceptional cd ,such beautiful singing, from I think the 3 worlds best opera stars ,Placido Domingo Mirella Freni and Giorgio Zancanaro.the aria ''La vergine degli Angeli '' sung by Freni is perfection at the very best,listen to it and weep.The cd's are the measure of Verdi's beautiful work ,''La Forza Del Destino '' of all verdi's work,is the most complete,both in terms of its inspiration and the rich abundance of its melodic invention and in those of its musical developement and orchestration.Enjoy
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No


Most Helpful First | Newest First

This product

Verdi: La Forza del Destino
Verdi: La Forza del Destino by Giuseppe Verdi (Audio CD - 1987)
Add to basket Add to wishlist
Only search this product's reviews