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Giordano - Andrea Chenier / Domingo, Benackova, Cappuccilli, Barbieri, Zednik, Santi, Vienna Opera


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  • Actors: Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, Gabriela Benackova, Heinz Zednik, Nello Santi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Italian (Dolby Digital 5.0), Italian (DTS 5.0), Italian (PCM Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Italian, German, English, Spanish, Chinese, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Philips
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009I8PH8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,533 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Placido Domingo, Piero Cappuccilli, and Gabriela Benackova star in this 1981 Vienna State Opera production of the Giordano opera conducted by Nello Santi.

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Domingo sings with power and beautifully and if he lacks the squillo of Corelli, he finds unique moments of tenderness.
Bartolomé Mesa
Like most versimo operas, the main interest is in the drama as much as in the music, and this work has a wonderful amount of both.
Abert
It is minor details like this that can make what could have been an excellent performance into one that is just very good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bartolomé Mesa on October 28, 2007
For lovers of verismo Opera this is a feast. The three leads are in great form at (or near) the peak of their illustrious careers and Nello Santi conducts with firm hand and understanding a music that, let's face it, it is not that great, though has thrilling opportunities for the singers to show off their vocal prowess and it can provide good (if unsubtle) drama. A kind of minor Tosca, an opera that resembles somewhat in style and plot. Domingo sings with power and beautifully and if he lacks the squillo of Corelli, he finds unique moments of tenderness. Benacková is a worthy partner in their duets, singing with refinement and passion, and her Mamma Morta, in her own way, is as moving and powerful as any, including, yes, Callas' justly famous rendering. Finally Cappuccili almost steals the show with his pull-out-all-the-stops performance, particularly his Nemico de la Patria. The big disapointment is the very poor and unimaginative staging, which manages to be messy, bad looking and boring. The stage director deserved the booing you can clearly hear at the curtain calls from the usually well behaved Viennese audience. The picture looks good enough for a 1981 ORF telecast and the sound is very good. Get it for the great singing and just ignore the stage business. Thankfully the TV cameras concentrate on the singers in close-ups most of the time.
PS. I have to disagree with the previous reviewer regarding the extension of the applause. I am sure it was somehow edited, but luckily enough was left to feel the excitement of live Opera with a live audience. In great nights the applause is an important part of the performance as it happened.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Abert TOP 1000 REVIEWER on June 30, 2009
I do not know this opera before viewing it. Like most versimo operas, the main interest is in the drama as much as in the music, and this work has a wonderful amount of both.
The three protagonists give jaw-dropping performances; as if they are all engaged in a keen competition for the "crown of that night's performance". Domingo was in top dramatic form, Benackova in top vocal form, Cappuccilli in top performance form.
There are three scenes that are real thrills - Chenier's big aria in Act I on the theme of 'love'; Gerard's monologue in Act III on his torn conscience; and Madeline's aria in the last Act on her sacrifice of life for the sake of love. The live audience was obviously raptuous, and even as an audience in front of the screen, I for one am deeply moved by the performances.
Gabriella Benackova is not a 'hot' soprano in the 1980's as other more well-known ones, like Mirella Freni, Renata Scotto, et al. However, I must say that she is every bit as good as the other two, if not more. Her timbre is a true lyrical soprano, very much like Lucia Popp's, but she sings with even better vocal prowess, and her breath control is truly stunning, outshining at moments even that of PD.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Pam on December 1, 2010
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What an enchanting performance this is. The set is adequate, the costumes are beautiful. It is a very enjoyable production. Camera/TV directing is also great. Deutsche Grammophon quality is high: excellent audio and video, six languages subtitle. Packaging comes with a booklet.
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