Started by marvinbrown, April 20, 2007, 12:50:59 PM
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Quote from: Anne on April 20, 2007, 01:40:35 PMI like all of Verdi's operas. Two from his early period that I enjoy are Ernani and Atilla. The Met version of Ernani has Pavarotti (on DVD). The female lead is also good but I can't recall her name right now. Another DVD of that opera that I like has Domingo and Mirella Freni.The second opera, again from the early period, is Attila. My absolute favorite DVD is from La Scala with Muti conducting. Sam Ramey is Atilla and is his singing (bass) great! Many people have recommended this performance. The other singers are Cheryl Studer and Giorgio Zancanero. Zancanero and Ramey sing a wonderful duet that, for me at least, makes chills and thrills run down my spine. Another place in that opera occurs when the "pope" appears on stage and the chorus is singing and Cheryl Studer's voice floats high above all the others. That send chills also. If you decide to get this DVD, I'd love to hear your opinion. (Negative is also ok. I'll make it. LOL!)
Quote from: MrOsa on April 20, 2007, 02:57:19 PMWho wants a thread about Verdi when we already have 2 about Moniuszko!
Quote from: MrOsa on April 20, 2007, 03:29:41 PMBut of course, let us not forget that Moniuszko is the best opera composer that ever lived. 0:)
Quote from: Josquin des Prez on April 20, 2007, 08:11:43 PMI only listened to Giovanna D'Arco and i really couldn't get into it. I hope it's not representative of his entire output.
Quote from: uffeviking on April 20, 2007, 06:18:50 PMThrilled to read the totally non-opinionated, unbiased and non-partisan view on Verdi!
Quote from: val on April 21, 2007, 04:15:44 AMGood to remind this giant. Verdi is an extraordinary composer, to me the greatest opera composer after Mozart and Wagner.
Quote from: uffeviking on April 21, 2007, 09:52:04 AMHas anybody been here when this subject made it's debut on the old GMG? Then you are probably waiting, as I am, to hear the howitzers go off, together with fireworks, started by our Puccini adherents!Don't be shy, we Verdi lovers can take it - and defend ourselves!
Quote from: knight on April 20, 2007, 11:04:26 PMIt is not typical in that there is little there that catches the memory. His mature works are packed full of melody and dramatic effect.One early work that should not be ignored is Macbeth. He revised it to tighten it up, but most of what you hear is a foretelling of the mastery he brought to his later output. Again, inspired by Shakespeare. He did however bow to the conventions of the time by having a chorus-full of witches and a chorus-full of assassins. That certainly makes the bungled murder attempt of Banquo's son Fleance seem all the more unlikely. He uses such other conventions as the cabaletta to express the mood, so the one at the banquet becomes febrile almost hysterical and moves the plot forward, rather than simply being a showpiece for the singers. There is real depth to the characterisation.There is a wonderful mad scene for Lady Macbeth, but many other highlights.I have the Abbado set on CD and would recommend it unreservedly.As to a request for recommendations for a DVD of Aida, I would avoid many of the high profile singer sets, watching Pavarotti and Chiara is like looking at two over stuffed armchairs who holler across 40 feet of space as a suggestion that they have a relationship with one another. Try this one...You may not have heard of anyone who is in it, but the voices are excellent, the singers are glamorous and look the ages of the characters and for once the director does not overwhelm the singers in stage effects and pageantry. It really works as drama.For a CD version, I have owned quite a few, but the Solti with Leontine Price and Vickers still remains my favourite, the thrust of the drama is exceptional and the voices are superb. The old fashioned schooling of Rita Gorr as Amneris pays dividends, she almost destroys the speakers in her anger at the priests.Mike
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