La Forza del Destino [Blu-ray]
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Forza Del Destino (La)
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The most interesting Forza I have seen was a pirate tape from La Scala conducted by Muti. The Leonora was very young and vulnerable so that one empathized more with her plight. This cast also included Leo Nucci and Jose Cura, the latter being dashing enough to act in the impetuous ways of Alvaro. The La Scala sets and staging were also very interesting. Perhaps one day an enterprising company will release this version.
La Forza was one time too often for me and I haven't listened to it for about 45 years.
When I saw this Blu Ray, I thought I give it another try. I have heard Scandiuzzi on James Levine's 25th Met anniversary, Marcello Giordani in a Butterfly production and Carlo Guelfi in Pagliacci and I liked their voices. I am somewhat neutral on Violeta Urmana and I can't compare this production to anything else currently on the market.
It is a traditional production and video is fine. Most shots show the principal singers in the middle of the screen with little acting. There is a dance scene in the 3rd act and that's when the video direction falls into MTV habits with cuts every 1.5 seconds and you can't see much of the dancers.
Sound is DTS-HD MA 7.1 (or PCM stereo). The soundstage is about the width between the front speakers with little use of the surround speakers. Orchestra and chorus are well recorded, I just wished for a broader sound stage. The principal voices come mainly through the center speaker. I prefer them to move across the stage as the singers move across. But as most shots show the singers in the middle of the screen, it's somewhat logical to have the sound come from the middle, too. But it doesn't give you the impression of dimension.
EDIT: About 1 hour 52 min. into the performance, the voices are suddenly in line with the position of the singers on stage and not through the center alone anymore. It sounds more realistic that way to me. Hard to tell why it wasn't done like that from the start. END EDIT
Most of the time sound between singers, orchestra and chorus is balanced and the orchestra rarely overpowers.Read more ›
Still, if you haven't gone to La Forza before, it is good enough to introduce you to the opera wishing a better production will appear on DVD in the future.
This is one Verdi opera wherein the conductor plays a huge big role. Zubin Mehta leading the Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in a beautifully balanced display of nuance and orchestral color. An excellent audio recording and editing team has enhanced the effect of all this, including that of the singers.
A rather good batch of singers (Violeta Urmana, Marcello Giordani, Carlo Guelfi) give what I would term as a very uninspired performance, although, visually, they hardly match the characters they are supposed to be playing. That happens all the time. True, this Opera is perhaps the least performed of the Verdi greats, and has probably one of the most unlikely and rather boring plots too. So it would take something extra from the singers to make it a little more exciting - something that these singers just could not do.
The Video is as good as a blu ray shot mostly in softer if not dark backgrounds and lighting can be. Kudos.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this great tragic opera. It has so much to offer including musical commentary on war. One of the great endings of all time. Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by Mike D.
The audio is very well produced and mastered, Metha plays an important role on the direction which I found close to perfect. Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by NELSON M PADILLA A
Es una excelente ópera, con un reparto genial, la dirección orquestal de Metha es de primera calidad, recomiendo a otros adquirirla y disfrutarla en familia.Published on April 1, 2012 by Jorge Nieto JOnes
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