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Notes and Editorial Reviews
This outstanding production of Verdi's tragic opera stars four of the world's great Verdi singers; Placido Domingo, Renato Bruson, Nicolai Ghiaurov and Mirella Freni as the gentle heroine desired by these three rivals. They have been described as "possibly the best quartet of singers any opera house has managed to assemble this year" - The Times.
The cast give an impassioned performance under the baton of Riccardo Muti, an acclaimed interpreter of Verdi. Based on Victor Hugo's play, this violent and sombre story of frustrated passion, and ambition thwarted and rewarded, is set by the composer to a succession of irresistible tunes, unsurpassed even in his mature works. The opera's dramatic impetus is simply
NTSC, Region 1.
Sung in Italian, subtitles available in English, French, German, Spanish, and Japanese.
Full Screen 4:3, Linear-PCM Stereo.
R E V I E W S:
Luca Ronconi’s production of Ernani opened La Scala’s 1982–83 season in high style. The spectacular yet subtly sinister sets by Ezio Frigerio—each scene has something of the tomb about it—and the sumptuous costuming by Franca Squarciapino complement a largely effective quartet of principals. Watching this production, one feels both the glamour and the decadence of the Castilian court—a genteel decay seems to be lurking behind every pillar and beneath every wig. The title role is a perfect one for Domingo, who embodies Ernani’s Romantic contradictions. Here, he is young enough to be completely convincing as the nobleman turned bandit, and he pours out honeyed and heroic tones throughout...Without resorting to obvious grand guignol tactics, Ghiaurov is a disquieting and persistent presence as Silva. ...Don Carlo (King Charles I, and later Charles V, the Holy Roman Emperor) ideally needs a singer who is larger than life, and who can drip both suaveness and connivance. That’s a tall order for Renato Bruson, who nevertheless makes the role work for him, thanks to the fundamentally attractive (if unvaried) timbre of his voice. The quality of acting is higher than I’ve seen from most La Scala productions; everyone, including the four principals, looks dramatically involved...Muti moves everything along with energy, but without overdoing it. There is an EMI CD equivalent to this DVD, but there’s little reason to prefer it now. Get this DVD, and keep (or acquire) the Leontyne Price/Bergonzi/Sereni/Flagello recording conducted by Thomas Schippers (RCA Victor Gold Seal 6503-2-RG) if you just want to listen. Again, a full-screen format has been used, but the picture quality is better, and so is the sound. - Raymond Tuttle, FANFARE
Works on This Recording
Ernani by Giuseppe Verdi
Nicolai Ghiaurov (Bass),
Mirella Freni (Soprano),
Placido Domingo (Tenor),
Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Written: 1844; Italy
Date of Recording: 1982
Venue: La Scala, Milan
Average Customer Review: ( 2 Customer Reviews )
Ernani December 5, 2012
By Graham Ball (London., Middlesex) See All My Reviews
"Unfortunately the DVD of "Ernani" sent to me did not play on my modern DVD player. The reason I believe, is because it is formatted to only play in region (1). I was completely unaware of this, as I live in London (UK). Unfortunately your company did not see fit to warn me of this, and consequently this DVD is completely useless. I would also like to point out that a DVD of "I Puritani" purchased at the same time has still not arrived. If this is also only playable in region (1)there is no point in sending it. I would very much like to be refunded for both these items. Yours Sincerely. Graham Ball."
a super cast March 30, 2012
By daniel abrahams (palm bay, FL) See All My Reviews
"fantastic music and singing
anyone who likes a chorus
will like this recording"