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Verdi: Ernani (Parma Festival 2005) (Berti/ Guelfi/ Prestia/ Neves/ Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma/ Antonello Allemansi/ Pier' Alli) (C Major: 720904) [Blu-ray] [2012] [Region A & B]

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  • Actors: Berti, Guelfi, Prestia, Neves, Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Italian
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00925T9VK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,321 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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To celebrate Giuseppe Verdi's bicentenary in 2013, C Major is proud to present the truly unique project, TUTTO VERDI: All 26 operas released on DVD and Blu-ray, together with his immortal Requiem and special documentary.

Ernani was Verdi's fifth opera and is based on Victor Hugo's Hernani. It takes as its starting point the theme of vengeance in all its manifold aspects and received its first performance at the Teatro La Fenice in Venice in March 1844, its success proving Verdi's definite breakthrough as a composer. The fact that the work has been staged with increasing frequency in major opera houses in recent years is due to the renaissance of bel canto singing.

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I'd like to nominate this as the worst modern ERNANI. Besides the rudimentary conducting (the muffled orchestra sounds as if covered by a blanket), the four principals - wooden actors whose names I don't even care to remember - are wobbly and gasp for breath while phrasing their lines (extremely painful to watch and hear). Though Dynamic is known for its note-complete sets, in the light of such a poor performance, the excision of second verses is more than welcome (there's also a short cut in the finale). The middle-of-the-road staging isn't as disastrous as the overall performance, which does improve a little in Act 4 (too late). Badly edited, the music sometimes doesn't match the picture. The English subtitles are unreliable (eg 'Intendo, intendo' = 'I hear, I hear'!). Dynamic's release of this production on DVD one year after the CD version has added insult to injury. A full-price cipher (the star above is Verdi's).
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I'd like to nominate this as the worst modern ERNANI. Besides the rudimentary conducting (the muffled orchestra sounds as if covered by a blanket), the four principals - wooden actors whose names I don't even care to remember - are wobbly and seem to gasp for breath while phrasing their lines (extremely painful to hear). Though Dynamic is known for its note-complete sets, in the light of such a poor performance, the excision of second verses is more than welcome (there's also a short cut in the finale). The performance does improve a little in Act 4 (too late). A full-price cipher (the star above is Verdi's).
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I'd like to nominate this as the worst modern ERNANI. Besides the rudimentary conducting (the muffled orchestra sounds as if covered by a blanket), the four principals - wooden actors whose names I don't even care to remember - are wobbly and gasp for breath while phrasing their lines (extremely painful to watch and hear). Though Dynamic is known for its note-complete sets, in the light of such a poor performance, the excision of second verses is more than welcome (there's also a short cut in the finale). The middle-of-the-road staging isn't as disastrous as the overall performance, which does improve a little in Act 4 (too late). Badly edited, the music sometimes doesn't match the picture. The English subtitles are unreliable (eg 'Intendo, intendo' = 'I hear, I hear'!). Dynamic's release of this production on DVD one year after the CD version has added insult to injury. A full-price cipher (the star above is Verdi's).
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1.0 out of 5 stars Che mai vegg'io? 7 Jan. 2012
By Filippo Secondo (aka AB) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The worst modern ERNANI. Besides the rudimentary conducting (the muffled orchestra sounds as if covered by a blanket), the four principals - wooden actors whose names I don't even care to remember - are wobbly and gasp for breath while phrasing their lines (extremely painful to watch and hear). Though Dynamic is known for its note-complete sets, in the light of such a poor performance, the excision of second verses is more than welcome (there's also a short cut in the finale). The middle-of-the-road staging isn't as disastrous as the overall performance, which does improve a little in Act 4 (too late). Badly edited, the music sometimes doesn't match the picture. The English subtitles are unreliable (eg 'Intendo, intendo' = 'I hear, I hear'!). Dynamic's release of this production on DVD one year after the CD version has added insult to injury. If you know your 'Ernani' very well and have enjoyed it hearing top performers in the major roles, this isn't for you. A full-price cipher (the star above is Verdi's).
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I recant. 23 Nov. 2012
By Nate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
I must apologize for my unfairly low evaluation of Ernani. I watched and listened again. Indeed, it was much better by a long shot than it came across to me the first time. I must have been tired or inattentive or angry. Certainly, I want to encourage the Tutto Verdi series. While I'm not wild about this performance, it is very competent and at times rousing. Please, as I did, listen again and reconsider if an initial negative response is questionable for any reason.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Che mai vegg'io? 13 Sept. 2007
By Filippo Secondo (aka AB) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I'd like to nominate this as the worst modern ERNANI. Besides the rudimentary conducting (the muffled orchestra sounds as if covered by a blanket), the four principals - wooden actors whose names I don't even care to remember - are wobbly and gasp for breath while phrasing their lines (extremely painful to watch and hear). Though Dynamic is known for its note-complete sets, in the light of such a poor performance, the excision of second verses is more than welcome (there's also a short cut in the finale). The middle-of-the-road staging isn't as disastrous as the overall performance, which does improve a little in Act 4 (too late). Badly edited, the music sometimes doesn't match the picture. The English subtitles are unreliable (eg 'Intendo, intendo' = 'I hear, I hear'!). Dynamic's release of this production on DVD one year after the CD version has added insult to injury. If you know your 'Ernani' very well and have enjoyed it hearing top performers in the major roles, this isn't for you. A full-price cipher (the star above is Verdi's). If, for some reviewer or other, this recording deserves 5 stars, then the classic ones deserve a million.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable performance 29 Oct. 2013
By Peter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
This a traditional perfomance (in the best respect), with a nice set and nice costumes. At times, a found the staging a little bit "static", with singers standing on the same spot doing their singing. This makes the perfomance somewhat lifeless at times. The singers are good. At first I found that Marco Berti (Ernani) and Susan Neves (Elvira) had problems with intonation, but that soon improved, and later they on they came in good voice. The other main characters - Carlo Guelfi (Don Carlo) and Giacomo Prestia (Silva) are also very good. These singers cannot compete with Domingo, Freni, Bruson, and Ghiaurov in a La Scala production from 1982, but on the other hand, the sound quality and the picture quality of that production does not nearly match the present one.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Exhilerating Performance of Verdi's First Verdian Opera 19 July 2013
By Dr. John W. Rippon - Published on Amazon.com
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Ernani is the fifth of Verdi's canon (1844) and in many ways the beginning of the real Verdian operatic dramas. Ernani is focused on a clear set of issues and as pronounced by Budden (The Operas of Verdi) in this opera Verdi defines the male voice arch types he will use for the rest of his career. The granite like monochromatic bass (Silva) to whom honor and family pride are excessively important, the heroic tenor whose lyrical, ardent, suffering lover and his railing against authority makes him the romantic hero as Victor Hugo had invented him. The third voice type will be the most potent force in Italian opera to come; The Verdi baritone. In the character Carlo, the King of Spain and soon to be Emperor Carlo V he is a mix of conflicting noble and impulsive desires. He looms largest over the events and lives of the others. His is the throne and the power. It is a powerful and exciting story.
At it's premiere this opera was an overwhelming success. It really made Verdi famous and the leading composer of the day. After its triumph in Milan the following year there were over fifty productions throughout Italy and a dozen of so outside Italy; even in Vienna. The romantic revolution in literature and opera was on its way.
Interestingly it was the first Verdi opera to be done in America and in the early 1900's was quite popular; Caruso and Scotti sang arias from it often. (Grandma's Victrola belted out the Soldier's drinking song "Eviva! Beviam, Beviam! often when I was a wee tot.) It soon lost favor and was very rarely done in my younger days but I did hear the majestic Leonard Warren as Carlo and the superb Leontyne Price as Elvira. (Her "Ernani, involami!" still rings in my ears - talk about a "hot" number!) Pavarotti sang the tenor part beautifully. His aria "O tu che l'alma adora" from the 1983 DVD of the Met's production with Leona Mitchell is a fine recording for the technology of the time.
The cast in this 2005 recording is a roster of good singers. The drama is dominated by the king Don Carlo and in this recording I'm happy to say that baritone Carlo Guelfi does just that. He has a big commanding voice forceful but not forced throughout it's range. He has the looks and the commanding presence with a regal demeanor. He's just right for the part; here a zephyr, now a storm. As de Silva, grandee of Espana, Giacomo Prestia was the inflexible bearer of honor and his word even in the face of death. As with the others it was a serviceable job of acting and action kept on it's relentless pace. Marco Berti has a strong voice not quite mastered but he certainly carried off his part well. He will smooth out the rough edges in vocal production and acting and can make an excellent Verdi tenor. Susan Neves certainly has the voice and controls it well. Her "Ernani, involami" was impressive. She has the range. She needs to slim down and get more involved in the action onstage.
The sets made this old traditionalist quite happy. It's a clever setting and a pleasant change from most modern clap-trap. The costumes were also very well done. Bravi! to those involved. As conductor Antonello Allemandi kept everything going at a steady pace and the orchestra under tight control. All in all a good performance of a good opera!
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