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Shower of Stars
on 29 October 2009
I bought this to complement my Maria Chiara collection whom I have always admired visually and vocally.I was not prepared for the stellar collection of characters.I mean- Ghiaurov,Dimitrova(whom I always cosidered a soprano),Pons etc.
The picture is stunning as is the sound.I find the scenery a bit puzzling as it differs from any other videos I possess.For example it is quite unlike the ones featuring Chiara and Martinucci and Bergonzi and Gencer both recorded in Verona.
I cannot fault the singing.Big Pav was never one of my favourite tenors,rating him below e.g Corelli,Bergonzi,Bonisolli to name a few.Here his voice is awesome as is his singing.A reviewer has commented on his just standing and delivering.But the role is such that in the main there are not many opportunities.He could have been a bit more ardent in the Nile Scene,but let's be frank they were not very compatible physically.The costume he had to wear did nothing to diminish his gargantuan physique either.Nontheless great singing!
Chiara in her mid 40s is still beautiful and her singing is top class.She has been termed the successor to Tebaldi-Not for me.She did not possess a voice comparable to that great soprano,but probably had an easier top and her O Patria Mia is thrilling handling the exposed top C without any problem.
I found Dimitrova awesome-what a voice-what power!This is my first experience of her visually and she had a very commanding presence.
Pons sings and acts the role of Amonasro very well and suitably conveys his fury at his daughters refusal to co-operate in deceiving Radames.
Finally Ghiaurov is his usual Majestic Ramphis with voice to match.
The Orchestra under Maazel makes a wonderful sound.It has to be 5 Stars.