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An old production,
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This is an old production with the copyright shown as 1986 and it is in 4:3 format. The problem is that it has as much visual interest as a Concert Hall production would have - the singers too often just stand there and sing their part with minimal interaction with the other performers. The sound is strange as too often the singers sound a little remote (almost off stage) as they sing through the orchestra (which does sound well recorded).
The set design is good. Yes there are subtitles and a synopsis and the marketing people did a good job with the packaging.
I found myself fast forwarding though it - which I have never done before with Verdi and is never a good sign!
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Initial post: 7 Apr 2010, 15:22:53 BST
Last edited by the author on 14 Sep 2010, 19:01:41 BST
Melomane (aka A.B.) says:
Hi, Wessex Man. I understand about the stand-and-deliver style followed here: this is also true of Dunn's 'Giovanna d'arco', which (nonetheless) remains one of my all-time favourite DVDs. I hope, while fast-forwarding, you didn't skip 'Arrigo! ah parli', so passionately sung that the 2-minute ovation confuses Luchetti (Arrigo's 'Pensando a me' becomes 'Pensando a te', and the Italian subtitles copy the smiling tenor's error!). The wobbly Giaiotti is the performance's weakest link (not only 'O tu Palermo' but the whole of the role of Procida is the worst I've ever heard). Did you recognize the very young and slim Anna Caterina Antonacci singing the minor role of Ninetta?
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