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Luciano Pavarotti - Verdi: Ernani [DVD] [2007]

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  • Format: AC-3, Classical, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Spanish, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Classics & Jazz
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2007
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B000VLYIW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 120,983 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tracklisting 1.Verdi: Ernani - Opening Credits Stereo , Surround Sound 2.Preludio Stereo , Surround Sound 3.Evviva! Beviam! Stereo , Surround Sound 4."Mercé, diletti amici" Stereo , Surround Sound 5."Come rugiada al cespite" Stereo , Surround Sound 6."Oh tu che l'alma adora" Stereo , Surround Sound 7."Surta è la notte" Stereo , Surround Sound 8.Ernani! Ernani, involami Stereo , Surround Sound 9.Tutto sprezzo che d'Ernani Stereo , Surround Sound 10.Fa che a me venga Stereo , Surround Sound 11.Da quel di che t'ho veduta Stereo , Surround Sound 12.Non t'ascolto, mia sarai Stereo , Surround Sound 13.Tu se' Ernani Stereo , Surround Sound 14."Che mai vegg'io!" Stereo , Surround Sound 15.Infelice! e tuo credevi Stereo , Surround Sound 16.Infin che un brando vindice Stereo , Surround Sound 17.Uscite ... Ma signore Stereo , Surround Sound 18.Mio signor, dolente i sono Stereo , Surround Sound 19.Esultiamo! Letizia ne inondi! Stereo , Surround Sound 20.Jago, qui tosto il pellegrin adduci Stereo , Surround Sound 21.Oro, quant'oro ogn'avido Stereo , Surround Sound 22.Tu, perfida! Stereo , Surround Sound 23.Ah, morir potessi adesso! Stereo , Surround Sound 24.Scellerati, il mio furore Stereo , Surround Sound 25.Cugino, a che munito il tuo castel ritrovo? Stereo , Surround Sound 26.Lo vedremo, veglio audace Stereo , Surround Sound 27.Fu esplorata el castello ogni latebra più occulta Stereo , Surround Sound 28.Vieni meco, sol di rose Stereo , Surround Sound 29.Vigili pure i ciel sempre su te Stereo , Surround Sound 30.D'Ernani i fidi chiedono Stereo , Surround Sound 31."Odi il voto" Stereo , Surround Sound 32.E questo il loco? Stereo , Surround Sound 33.Gran Dio! Costor sui sepolcrali marmi Stereo , Surround Sound 34.Oh de'verd'anni miei Stereo , Surround Sound 35.Ad augusta! Stereo , Surround Sound 36.Si ridesti il leon di Castiglia Stereo , Surround Sound 37.Qual rumore? Che sarà Stereo , Surround Sound 38.Io son conte, duca sono Stereo , Surround Sound 39.O sommo Carlo, più del tuo nome Stereo , Surround Sound 40.Oh,come felici gioiscon gli sposi! Stereo , Surround Sound 41.Cessaro i suoni, dispari ogni face Stereo , Surround Sound 42.Ecco il pegno Stereo , Surround Sound 43.Ferma, crudele, estinguere perché vuoi tu due vite? Stereo , Surround Sound Bonus Features 1. "Ernani" at the MET - picture gallery

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This 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.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9641f930) out of 5 stars 30 reviews
64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x96426294) out of 5 stars Early Verdi at its best! 8 Feb. 2000
By John G. Gleeson Sr. - Published on Amazon.com
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George Bernard Shaw described Ernani as Verdi's most intense opera, and in this rendition, all of the musical and visual elements of the work that so pleased the irascible Shaw come together marvelously. Who better to conduct it than James Levine, today's best interpreter of Verdi, and considered by many to be the heir to Toscanini. Young and still vocally secure, Pavarotti sings with boldness and color, with few of the extra syllables which mar so much of his middle years. Milnes, in the manner of Leonard Warren, is perfect in the role of Carlo and Leona Mitchell, while not quite the Verdian as Leontyne Price, fully realizes her part. Considering that this is a 1983 recording, this DVD shows how well the medium captures both the visual and musical elements of opera in general and Ernani in particular. A standing ovation for such a grand performance of a grand opera! And by the way, for folks who think that Verdi didn't hit his stride until Rigoletto, here is the proof of how truly great his earlier works are.

Added 5/22/13: The original review was based on the Pioneer Classics disc, which has been re-mastered by Decca. Despite a run of defective discs mentioned by several reviewers, I just "upgraded" to the Decca version and am delighted with the improved picture and the DTS surround option. It made a big difference and it played without difficulty.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9519918c) out of 5 stars Pavarotti excites as Ernani in Met alternative Version 7 Jun. 2005
By Gerard Fagan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
James Levine and his met forces offer us a performancer of 'Ernani' that includes revisions Verdi made to the score after its Venice premiere. He added a cabaletta to Silva's aria that was taken from an alternative aria he wrote for his first opera 'Oberto'. The bass part of Silva was considered a secondary role because his aria had no cabaletta. Consequently star basses used to have the baritone role of Don Carlo transposed to bass register. Verdi inserted the cabaletta into the opera to discourage the practice. Furthermore in Act II Verdi wrote a new aria to act as finale to the Act. This was done at the behest of Rossini who wanted a bravura aria to showcase the talent of his protege Nicolai Ivanov. Both Ruggero Raimondi as Silva and Luciano Pavarotti as Ernani justify their inclusion in this performance. Elsewhere in the performance Pavarotti sings with lovely melting tone and Raimondi strikes one as an utterly driven Silva. Leona Mitchell as Elvira sings securely as Elvira even if she is not as dramatically compelling as Mirella Freni for Riccardo Muti in La Scala. Similarly Sherrill Milnes yields dramatic points to the incomparable Renato Bruson, yet delights by his firm top notes and ease with which he sings his music. By virtue of the variants described above this performance should be seen as a supplement to instead of an alternative to the Muti performance
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95872390) out of 5 stars Good in every way. 2 May 2001
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Outstanding in almost every way. The staging is impressive, the costumes are attractive. The singing is superlative. The public may be most interested in Pavarotti, but the real winner here is Sherrill Milnes. He is an intense and noble figure throughout. His third act aria is the opera's highlight, in my opinion, where he reaches a powerful Ab. Raimondi is also outstanding. I was so happy that his cabaletta was not cut out, and, was not cut at all: Both verses are performed. In fact, Verdi lovers will rejoice that this performance is complete. There is an alternate tenor aria included as well. Purchase without hesitation, for this is a winner. Dana Hill
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95136448) out of 5 stars A must have for any opera lover 12 Sept. 2004
By Philip Ofenberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is a historical performance. For the first time in over 100 years,the alternate finale of Act 2 is being played in a major opera house,Pavarotti receiving a well deserved ovation after the aria and cabaletta wrote by Verdi for his famous contemporary tenor, Ivanov. Mitchell and Raimondi are in superb voice, both very secure with the exposed high notes from the score. As it was only later known, this is the first performance of Milnes after his vocal chords surgery. Altough he takes a little time to warm up, he manages afterwards to bring down the house in style, with a fantastic A-flat at the end of his big aria. Levine conducts with style the orchestra and chorus,in a performance staged during the Met centenial celebrations.
19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95bf5ce4) out of 5 stars Excellent early Verdi. 21 July 2000
By N. Gallimore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I have to confess that until my wife bought this DVD for my birthday I had never heard a complete version of Ernani. It is certainly an excellent example from his "Galley years" of things to come. Am I alone in sometimes thinking I had strayed into Il Trovatore? The title role suits Pavarotti's voice perfectly and he gives us a display of his usual vocal splendour and exemplary breath control and diction. What a star he is, if any one from the Met reads this then please release both of his Met relays of "Ballo" on DVD as soon as possible. However, it would have been the icing on the cake if he had attempted to act a little more. Still I suppose you can't have everything. Although, look at his first Ballo on VHS; that will scotch all rumours that he can't act. I realise that Leona Mitchell is revered in NY, and her portrayal of Lui and Michaela at the Met are very good - but she is totally miscast here. The role stretches her to the limit and reveals some very unpleasant vocal lines - showing up a major defficiency in her technique. I am afraid that she is the weak link in this production, a view apparently not shared by the audience who go wild for her. I am afraid to say that she does nothing for me. Everyone else is superb - and Levine takes charge with his usual verve - making this a very enjoyable and exciting night at the opera.
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