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Verdi - Nabucco / Muti, Bruson, Dimitrova, Burchuladze, Becaria, Pierotti, La Scala (2004)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • 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: Kultur Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2004
  • Run Time: 140 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019GH8E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,660 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Roberto de Simone's production of this epic opera firmly established Verdi as the voice of the Italian people.

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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Early Verdi February 26, 2004
By Richard
Late Verdi may be awesome but I've always had a passion for the savage crudity of his early years and Nabucco satisfies that passion wonderfully. This is the biblical story of the Assyrian kind who defies God and is struck insane.This 1987 production from LaScala is great on all counts. Muti loves this music and throws himself into it with a vengence. Bruson is at the height of his powers. Dhimitrova's part is a killer and contributed to the ending of Verdi's second wife's career. No such problem for our diva here. Why didn't she have a career this side of the Atlantic? The staging is traditional and the scenery recalls Art Deco. There's really no weakness and the chorus Ah, pensiero which became the unofficial Italian national anthem will melt your heart.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This Nabucco... a stellar performance! January 10, 2005
Nabucco, one of Verdi's earlier operas that he completed in 1842, was the work that launched his career. The choral gem, 'Va pensiero', quickly became the unofficial national anthem for the Italians whose country was under duress from its neighbors at the time.

This performance stars Renato Bruson as Nabucco, Ghena Dimitrova as Abigaille, Paata Buchuladze as Zaccaria and Raquel Pierotti as Fenena; it is performed at the La Scala in Milan. The conductor is Riccardo Muti, whose animated performance during the overture was, to me, one of the highlights of this DVD. The video and editing was done expertly by Brian Large, whose deftness in this area (not only in this recording but others I've seen as well) seems to allow him to consistently get the best vantage points and camera angles.

The scenery is elaborate in its structure, with some surreal qualities that at times, I found a little out of context. The costumes of the principals and corps de opera were generally resplendent in quiet flat tone robes and gowns befitting the circumstances and occasion. The exception here were the two female leads(Abigaille and Fenena) whose attire could best be described as unbecoming (honestly, bordering on ugly)

The performances are sincere and powerful; the voices well controlled and vibrant. This Nabucco adequately interprets the era it tries to represent with all its religious plotting and power struggles. The audience received this production with enthusiastic applause and cheers (as it truly deserved).

The disc allows you to go directly to any scene you like and the subtitles are available in five different languages including Italian. Bravo!

All in all, a superb and wonderful recording. Highly recommended.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars World-class entertainment August 29, 2004
The production is superb, the singers are excellent. I have seen this opera "live" but must confess that this DVD was more satisfying than the ones I attended (and we had the best seats in the hall). Based on a review I read here before buying it I expected poor quality sound and picture, but I still wanted it for the cast involved. I must say that on my equipment the sound is great and the picture quality is very good (and I am very fussy on both these qualities). If you love this opera, get this DVD. You will want to play it often.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Stage Nabucco November 22, 2005
This 1987 performance of a La Scala production of Verdi's Nabucco is stunning and powerfully rendered. A superior Nabucco you are hard-pressed to find. This production stars Renato Bruson as the titular Babylonian tyrant, Ghena Dimitrova as the wicked Abigaille, Becaria in the tenor role of Ismaele, Pierotti as Ferena and Burchuladze as the Zaccaria the Priest. La Scala opera productions are top-notch, and the singers, even if some of them are not well-known, are of the highest calibre. Of the entire cast, only baritone Renato Bruson and soprano Ghena Dimitrova stand out as well-known singers. Bruson's power lies in the combination of a dramatic and rich, full Verdi voice as well as his portrayal as Nebuchednezzar. His facial expressions are intense and stern, his costume befits the character well: a silvery armor with helmet. He is fierce, proud, haughty and vainglorious. In the scene after he is struck by God's lightning for assuming he had become God, he has a dramatically rendered Mad Scene. In the last Act, when he finally admits to being a mere mortal and repents, we SYMPATHIZE with him. After his aria, we are moved. I was. And in that final scene when he leads the ensemble in "Immenso Jehovah" after destroying a statue of Baal, the opera reaches a powerfully emotional climax. As the opera's hero, Renato Bruson pulls all the stops and sings the role with more dramatic integrity and more beautiful voice than any baritone I've heard.

Ghena Dimitrova's Abigaille is another attraction. Her voice is supremely powerful, and the fiendishly high tessitura of the role is a piece of cake for her. This was her signature role. She is an imperious, vindictive and completely evil Abigaille, the adopted daughter of Nabucco who was born a slave.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Must have opera DVD April 12, 2004
By A Customer
This is a magnificent recording of Verdi's first big hit "Nabucco", recorded in 1987 in the Italy's greatest opera house - La Scala. The production is as great as it gets, in the traditional Italian style: glorious sets and costumes, great singers and wonderful chorus work. This is very much reminding Franco Zeffirelli's style: extraordinary realism and beauty. Filming is overall good and camerawork is excellent, however the picture quality is not very crispy and the sound sometimes reminds those old worn out tapes, which sometimes gets quite annoying. I think "Kultur" could have done better job with sound part on this DVD. Hence just four stars. Riccardo Muti's energetic and passionate conducting is as superb as acting and singing of all leading cast. Must mention excellent work of Renato Bruson as Nabucco, and unforgettable performance of the great Georgian singer Paata Burchuladze, as Zacharia. Choruses in Nabucco is in my opinion the most melodic and heartbreaking ever written for any opera, and "Va Pensiero" in this recording is indeed stunning both vocally and visually. This is a must have DVD for both opera fans and those who want to buy their first opera on DVD.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Nabucco currently on video
In my opinion the only serious competition this video has is the Met production, and it's not at all a clear-cut decision if one has to choose between them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Brent Peterson
3.0 out of 5 stars A Strange Nabucco
I ordered this DVD because I had heard and loved the music. The voices were fine in this DVD but the staging was boring and the costumes were totally terrible. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Adams
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the only one of the reviews to date that refer to this...
The reviews by Fragala, Sutherland and James do not refer to this particular performance but rather to a 2007 production by the Festival St Margarethen. Read more
Published 12 months ago by David Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars You say Nabucco, I say Nabisco
Let's call the whole thing off. Sorry. I'll try to put a positive spin on this without coming right out and saying it was positively boring. Read more
Published 23 months ago by S. Meals
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi, Jerusalem, and Babylon
Verdi, one of Italy's most well-known and highly respected composers, created some of the most evocative operas throughout the 19th Century. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Eric S. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
I have a hard time finding all those problems other reviewers find. This is a wonderful biblical opera with awesome voices, scenery, costumes and music. Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by sergei kochkin
5.0 out of 5 stars TWO VERSIONS, TWO WAYS.
The opera Nabucco is a milestone for Giuseppe Verdi. It was his first hit musical, composed after the death of his son and wife. Read more
Published on August 7, 2009 by Ali Hassan AYACHE
3.0 out of 5 stars A great performance, lousy staging.
If this recording were sound only on a CD, I wouldn't hesitate in giving it 5 stars or whatever is the maximum. Read more
Published on October 16, 2008 by R. C. Walker
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-sung performance of an early Verdi masterpiece in a so-so...
SOURCE: Live performance from La Scala in Milan, produced by National Video Corporation in association with Radiotelevisone Italiana, Milan. Read more
Published on October 28, 2007 by L. E. Cantrell
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's "Nabucco"
Excellent DVD recording with spectacular cast! Highly recommend it to all opera lovers.
Published on October 6, 2005 by Kiril P. Mitov
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