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Verdi: Lombardi Crociata (Parma Festival 2009) (Roberto De Biasio/ Michele Pertusi/ Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma/ Daniele Callegari) (C Major: 720704) [Blu-ray] [2012][Region A & B]

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  • Actors: Roberto De Biasio, Michele Pertusi, Cristina Giannelli, Dimitra Theodossiou, Francesco Meli
  • Format: Classical, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, German, Korean, Chinese, Japanese
  • 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: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00925TBSG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,346 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

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.

I Lombardi alla prima crociata (The Lombards on the First Crusade) was Verdi's fourth opera and received its first performance at La Scala, Milan, in February 1843. The grandiloquent subject matter is fleshed-out with broad-brushed musical and dramatic effects and lavish choral scenes created a correspondingly impressive impact. A great success in Milan, it spread to the rest of Europe within a matter of only a few years.

Review

Credit goes to Santuzza Calì for the transformation that michele Pertusi's Pagano undergoes, from gothic baddie of Act 1 to bald, eye-patched hermit of Act 2. Pertusi is on absolutely fine form throughout, completely nailing his first aria 'Sciagurata! Hai tu creduto' and offering a sympathetic portrait as the hermit afterwards… the other highlight is the Act 3 trio for Pagano, Giselda and the dying Oronte… this trio is sublime…. This production should persuade other houses to take up this neglected opera. --Mark Pullinger, International Record Review

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All too often these days opera presentations are ruined by over-staging and inappropriate, out of period costumes, but there's none of that kind of thing here with this outstanding 2012 teatro Regio di Parma Tutto Verdi production. Although minimalist, the staging is tellingly suggestive of the crusader period in which the action is set with the costumes are also in keeping with the era in question. However, no matter how effective the staging, costumes and direction, none of this will compensate for sub-standard singing and acting. Fortunately, it would be hard to find a better sung and acted operatic performance than this one.

In order of composition I Lombardi follows immediately after Nabucco in the Verdi canon. Some would say 'a hard act to follow' and maybe this is why I Lombardi has mostly come off worse in any comparisons between the two works. This outstanding production restores the work to its rightful place among the greatest of Verdi's compositions. Apart from anything else, the choral singing is an inspiration, allowing the viewer to sit back and bathe in it. Verdi is so good with his chorus's and this production does him justice.

Dimitra Theodossiou gives an inspiring performance in the role of Giselda, the daughter of Arvino and Viclinda. Although, often enough, we are able to say 'this is great singing' with Theodossiou in this role we have that something extra. With her the acting and singing blend into a harmony that suggest ultra-reality of a most inspiring kind. She certainly inspired the audience who cheered her to the rooftops. Theodossiou also integrates well with the rest of the cast from whom she receives enthusiastic co-operation.
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By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 Sept. 2013
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Verdi's skill as a composer was clearly established by the time he came to write I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata in 1843, but he was also increasingly finding himself confined by public expectations, particularly after the success of Nabucco the previous year. In its first act alone, I Lombardi more or less sums just how adept Verdi was at establishing a dramatic situation, combining personal drama with political or nationalist sentiments, and driving it forward with a forceful musical accompaniment, but it also shows its constraints. As the opera develops, the quality of material that has largely been manufactured to fit conventional situations starts to wear thin, but there's nonetheless still a lot of great Verdi to enjoy here.

Act I of I Lombardi alla Prima Crociata sets the tone well, if the tone you are striving for is Gothic melodrama overload. With fervent prayers (Verdi controversially setting the 'Hail Mary' to music), dark curses ("Dreadful monster of Hell!") and dire pronouncements of torment ("More than the fire and the serpents of Hell, terror consumes my flesh!"), it's fairly standard high melodrama material for Verdi then that harks back to his first opera Oberto, but it is certainly handled with greater aplomb here. The switch to Antioch and the Holy Land and the Eastern inflections sometimes feel a little forced however, and at times it's almost like Verdi is trying his hand at the writing of sacred music in all the prayers, devout sentiments and stirring choruses.
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First the quality of the DVD (blu-ray): Very good indeed. Then the costumes, superb, certains chorus were almost paintings! The violin solo, first class. And the voices of the three principals outstanding (Theodossiu, Meli, Pertusi), for me in particular Theodossiu was the best, and I must confess that when I saw her I was a little disappointed with the figure, rather a matron, but the singing! I soon forgot the initial reservations! Perhaps the opera is too long, but anyway, a splendid evening facing my TV set. May be I will become a follower of Tutto Verdi, I bought already Un Giorno di Regno, now this one, 2 excellent choices. My Un Giorno is not blu-ray, but the image is also good.
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Defenitely the nicest blu ray that I bought in a long time. The music is wonderfull, the production lovely and it was conducted stunningly byDaniele Callegari. I loved Theodossiou and Francesco Meli and I must be honest everybody was EXELLENT.I am just an opera lover and not an expert but there wasnt anything about this blu ray that I can complain about. I love it.
Frik Wallis
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Terrific performances from all the main Characters, especially Dimitra Theodossiou as Giselda. Details have all been mentioned by others. This shows how Verdi is getting better with practice.
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