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Mascagni: Cavalleria Rusticana

4 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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Immortal Classics DVD IMM9600024. This DVD is in the NTSC format compatible with North American DVD players (not in PAL format).

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Product Details

  • Actors: Giuseppe Valdengo, Shirley Verrett, Krystian Johannson, Ettore Nova, Ambra Vespasiani
  • Directors: Peter Goldfarb
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, NTSC, Import
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Immortal
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2009
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PA0FSG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,215 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Ever since I saw Stefan Zucker's "Opera Fanatic", I've dreamed of seeing and having the complete work. Carla Gavazzi is truly senstational in her singing and acting. Those spine tingling high notes and chest tones are essential to this role and she has it all in spades. The tenor, Mario Ortica and baritone, Giuseppe Valdengo as well as Lola, Maria Amadini play their roles beautifully. The big surprise for me, however, was the work of director Mario Lanfranchi. The color is a kind of burnt sienna and the set could have been one De Sica or Rossellini -- really neo-realistic which is perfect for this opera. The smaller roles and even the non-singing roles are beautifully drawn. Two young boys are seen repeatedly in the main square, charming a fruit-peddling woman as they surreptitiously steal some fruit for themselves. The townspeople too are well directed and look natural promenading on this Easter morning. It was all worth the price and I'll be sharing my love for this one with friends. And I have already some incredible DVDs of CAv. on hand and have seen such stars as Fiorenza Cossotto, Giulietta Siminonato, Grace Bumbrey and Shirley Verrett at the Met, so my experience with this opera goes back. Even without subtitles it's easy to follow.
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Despite the positive existing reviews I was personally very disappointed with this DVD release of Cavalleria Rusticana. To start with , the transfer is extremely fuzzy and grainy with a faded sepia tone (if you can call it that). Next, I suspect the 1.77:1 aspectio ratio is in fact an anamorphic streatched version of a 1.33:1 print which to me is quite evident from the distorted images ( fat face and torso with stumpy legs ) of the actors !!! It would have been better if the studio released it in 1.33:1 if they do not want to or cannot crop the image and present a proper anamorphic 1.77:1 image. The singing is pleasent enough but the acting is contrived and hammy at best and the camera man appears to be at a loss as to what to focus on during the beautiful and melodious interludes of Mascagni's score.I appreciate that this is recorded in 1956 but I personally do not see any positive side to recommend this production as a DVD to keep for historical interest to view again and again in your opera collection.
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Amado por muitos e odiado por outros tantos o verismo é um estilo único, que se caracteriza por relatar pessoas comuns, gente simples e pobre sofrendo paixões arrebatadoras e sangrentas. Mascagni foi um dos precursores desse movimento e a sua Cavalleria Rusticana caiu no gosto do público do fim do século XIX. O sucesso continua até hoje. De curta duração e com alta intensidade musical ao assisti-la é impossível se desconcentrar um segundo. Emocionante , elétrica ,forte . Cavalleria Rusticana é tudo isso e muito mais. Impossível não se apaixonar pelo prelúdio orquestral e pelo intermezzo sempre usado em festas de casamento.
A gravação realizada no Teatro Comunale de Siena trás Shirley Verrett como protagonista . Atuação cênica impecável, grande atriz que demonstra toda a dor pela rejeição do amado. Sua Santuza é toda ciúme,angustia e paixão não correspondida. Voz escura e densa aliada a agudos potentes aumenta mais a dramaticidade da personagem. Simplismente uma Santuza que beira a perfeição.
Krjstian Johannson é um tenor correto. Destaque na ária de abertura, O Lola, ch' ai di latti la cammisa. Postado em um camarote junto com uma harpa ele canta a paixão. Faz um Turiddu apaixonado por Lola e impaciente com Santuza. Mama Lucia é representada por Ambra Vespasiani ,mezzo-soprano de voz opaca e ocre que tem como única vantagem o porte físico parecido com uma mama italiana.
A pequena participação de Lola não faz dela uma personagem secundária. Nesse curto espaço de tempo em que atua deve demonstrar seu caráter. Uma mulher capaz de trair o marido com um homem comprometido com outra.
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