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    Verdi: Il Corsaro
    Teatro Verdi di Busseto and Verdi Festival Parma, 2008

    Bruno Ribeiro (Corrado), Andrea Papi (Giovanni), Irina Lungo (Medora), Luca Salsi (Seid), Silvia dalla Benetta (Gulnara), Gregory Bonfatti (Selimo), Angelo Villari (Un eunoco/Uno schiavo)

    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Carlo Montanaro


    C Major TUTTO VERDI - 722408

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    Excellent Corsaro! A bit lean in the drama dept., but the music is nonstop intensity, sung very well by performers with whom I was totally unfamiliar.

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    Verdi: Don Carlo
    Josť Carreras (Don Carlo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Filippo II), Piero Cappuccilli (Rodrigo), Matti Salminen (Il Grande Inquisitore), Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Elisabetta di Valois), Agnes Baltsa (Eboli), Antonella Bandelli (Tebaldo/Una voce dal cielo)
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan



    I don't usually watch the 4 act version, as it often makes the central love story seem detached and a bit creepy without the meeting in Fontainebleau. The first act shows the conditions of Elizabeth's self-sacrifice, to end war and relieve the suffering of her people.

    Anyway what happened here is that the jealousy and disappointment of Philip assumed more importance in the plot. It helped that Ferruccio Furlanetto was a young and good-looking Philip, which made his rage more into genuine sexual jealousy than wounded vanity. He was really touching in his big aria. The singing was first class, although with the exception of Furlanetto and Baltsa the acting was pretty much non-existent. Cappuccilli was particularly stodgy.
    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Verdi: Don Carlo
    Josť Carreras (Don Carlo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Filippo II), Piero Cappuccilli (Rodrigo), Matti Salminen (Il Grande Inquisitore), Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Elisabetta di Valois), Agnes Baltsa (Eboli), Antonella Bandelli (Tebaldo/Una voce dal cielo)
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan





    I don't usually watch the 4 act version, as it often makes the central love story seem detached and a bit creepy without the meeting in Fontainebleau. The first act shows the conditions of Elizabeth's self-sacrifice, to end war and relieve the suffering of her people.

    Anyway what happened here is that the jealousy and disappointment of Philip assumed more importance in the plot. It helped that Ferruccio Furlanetto was a young and good-looking Philip, which made his rage more into genuine sexual jealousy than wounded vanity. He was really touching in his big aria. The singing was first class, although with the exception of Furlanetto and Baltsa the acting was pretty much non-existent. Cappuccilli was particularly stodgy.
    I found and still do Elizabeth the weakest link, such a shame Freni was not allowed to do that performance for recording on DVD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Verdi: Don Carlo
    Josť Carreras (Don Carlo), Ferruccio Furlanetto (Filippo II), Piero Cappuccilli (Rodrigo), Matti Salminen (Il Grande Inquisitore), Fiamma Izzo d'Amico (Elisabetta di Valois), Agnes Baltsa (Eboli), Antonella Bandelli (Tebaldo/Una voce dal cielo)
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Herbert von Karajan



    I don't usually watch the 4 act version, as it often makes the central love story seem detached and a bit creepy without the meeting in Fontainebleau. The first act shows the conditions of Elizabeth's self-sacrifice, to end war and relieve the suffering of her people.

    Anyway what happened here is that the jealousy and disappointment of Philip assumed more importance in the plot. It helped that Ferruccio Furlanetto was a young and good-looking Philip, which made his rage more into genuine sexual jealousy than wounded vanity. He was really touching in his big aria. The singing was first class, although with the exception of Furlanetto and Baltsa the acting was pretty much non-existent. Cappuccilli was particularly stodgy.
    I have this video as well, though my preference is also for the five-act version. I love Baltsa and Carreras, but pretty much had Nat's reaction to the other cast members.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post


    Verdi: Il Corsaro
    Teatro Verdi di Busseto and Verdi Festival Parma, 2008

    Bruno Ribeiro (Corrado), Andrea Papi (Giovanni), Irina Lungo (Medora), Luca Salsi (Seid), Silvia dalla Benetta (Gulnara), Gregory Bonfatti (Selimo), Angelo Villari (Un eunoco/Uno schiavo)

    Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Regio di Parma, Carlo Montanaro


    C Major TUTTO VERDI - 722408
    I have this and enjoyed it very much.

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    Puccini: Tosca.
    Gheorghiu/ Kaufmann/ Terfel.
    Emi soon to be Warner

    I love this stage version, Scarpia is scaring an Jonas is in very fine voice.
    After the the Domingo/ Kaibaivnska movie my favourite

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adrian View Post


    Puccini: Tosca.
    Gheorghiu/ Kaufmann/ Terfel.
    Emi soon to be Warner

    I love this stage version, Scarpia is scaring an Jonas is in very fine voice.
    After the the Domingo/ Kaibaivnska movie my favourite
    This is by far, the 'best' Tosca on dvd !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Floria View Post
    This is by far, the 'best' Tosca on dvd !
    Best, perhaps; by far, no. I would not agree.

    Some contenders:

    Best Scarpia, good Cavaradossi, intense Tosca; fascinating on-location real time film.



    Best and most gracious Tosca:

    Natalie

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Best, perhaps; by far, no. I would not agree.

    Some contenders:

    Best Scarpia, good Cavaradossi, intense Tosca; fascinating on-location real time film.



    Best and most gracious Tosca:

    These two are among my favorites.
    "J'ai dit qu'il ne suffisait pas d'entendre la musique, mais qu'il fallait encore la voir" (Stravinsky)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Best, perhaps; by far, no. I would not agree.

    Some contenders:


    Best and most gracious Tosca:

    I would go for this one, if only one was allowed

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    Name:  andrea andermann Tosca in the settings and at the times.jpg
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    does this mean they used the Tardis to film this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayton View Post
    Name:  andrea andermann Tosca in the settings and at the times.jpg
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    does this mean they used the Tardis to film this?
    Fun thought.

    But no, they just filmed it over the time of the action (one day) at the correct times of day, on location, with an orchestra in another part of Rome on a TV relay. Which meant Domingo and Malfitano had to sing the last act at dawn after a late night, quite a tour de force for opera singers! At the time it was broadcast live.
    Natalie

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    Ah

    I think I remember this now. That is a big stage; I want to see it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soave_Fanciulla View Post
    Fun thought.

    But no, they just filmed it over the time of the action (one day) at the correct times of day, on location, with an orchestra in another part of Rome on a TV relay. Which meant Domingo and Malfitano had to sing the last act at dawn after a late night, quite a tour de force for opera singers! At the time it was broadcast live.
    Did you see the "original " broadcast?
    Doming stumbles to open the door and almost fall .
    Later restored for this DVD.

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