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Bellini: I Capuleti E I Montecchi, Norma / Ciofi, Sacchi

Bellini / Carella
Release Date: 01/01/2011 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 33702  
Composer:  Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Patrizia CiofiFederico SacchiDanilo FormaggiaNicola Amodio,   ... 
Conductor:  Luciano AcocellaGiuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian International OrchestraBratislava Chamber ChorusCatania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 3 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

One of the best versions of this opera on disc.

This one of the best versions of this opera on disc (the only DVD of it currently available). The edition used is the one Bellini made for La Scala a few months after the Venice premiere in 1830. The main difference is that Friar Lawrence here
Read more is a tenor (the excellent Nicola Amodio), and Juliet’s solo in Act 2 is a continuous aria, rather than being punctuated by interjections from her father. Patrizia Ciofi gives this a really passionate performance: she is an ideal Juliet, youthful in appearance, in no way over-extended by Bellini’s long vocal lines. Clara Polito makes a tremendous Romeo, adding some effective flourishes in the cabaletta to her Act 1 aria and joining Danilo Formaggia as Tybalt in an exciting account of their fight duet in Act 2. Federico Sacchi is a thunderous Capulet, and the chorus makes an always positive contribution.

Luciano Acocella and the Orchestra Internazionale d’Italia make the opera sound quite the equal of Bellini’s later, more famous works, but as Wagner wrote of it, “there is true passion and emotion there”. Denis Krief’s production is straightforward and always concentrated on the drama. It is played in modern dress, the Montagues and Capulets obviously on opposite sides in some unforgiving sectarian civil war, the men brandishing machine guns and revolvers. It works extremely well on its own terms, and the setting of the Ducal Palace in Martina Franca makes a perfect backdrop: recommended.

-- Patrick O'Connor, Gramophone [11/2006]

NTSC All Regions
DTS 5.1; PCM Stereo 2.0
Color Picture: 16:9 widescreen
Duration: 136 minutes
Subtitles: Italian, English, French, German, Japanese


Dimitra Theodossiou; Nidia Palacios; Carlo Ventre; Riccardo Zanellato
Orchestra e Coro del Teatro Massimo Bellini di Cantania/Giuliano Carella
Walter Pagliaro, director.
(2 DVDs)
NTSC All Region; Dolby digital 5.1, DTS; PCM Stereo 2.0; Color
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Works on This Recording

I Capuleti e i Montecchi by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Patrizia Ciofi (Soprano), Federico Sacchi (Bass Baritone), Danilo Formaggia (Tenor),
Nicola Amodio (Tenor)
Conductor:  Luciano Acocella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Italian International Orchestra,  Bratislava Chamber Chorus
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1830; Italy 
Norma by Vincenzo Bellini
Performer:  Riccardo Zanellato (Bass), Mariano Brischetto (Tenor), Dimitra Theodossiou (Soprano),
Maria Grazia Calderone (Mezzo Soprano), Nidia Palacios (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Giuliano Carella
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Chorus,  Catania Teatro Massimo Bellini Opera Orchestra
Period: Romantic 
Written: 1831; Italy 

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