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Verdi: Messa Da Requiem [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Vittorio Grigolo, Michelle DeYoung
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Classical, NTSC
  • Language: Latin
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1, Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00FEMGCH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Recorded live from the Hollywood Bowl, this performance of Verdi's Requiem includes an amazing ensemble featuring Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Vittorio Grigolo, Michelle DeYoung, Julianna Di Giacomo, Gustavo Dudamel, and the LA Philahmonic Orchestra and Chorus. As a bonus, an interview with Dudamel on the Requiem and the Hollywood Bowl.

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Young Dudamel's idea of bringing Verdi's Requiem into the open air, to an unlikely venue with questionable acoustics was a risky undertaking. It was riddled with technical problems from the very beginning, but somehow it came off surprisingly well and turned out to be a huge success. And with good reason too. --The Wholenote

One hopes millions will tune in to hear this miraculous score excitingly performed on PBS. --David Shengold

Customer Reviews

And what's more, I can experience it over and over.
J. Schiavone
Dudamel is in top form in this excellent new DVD, a great souvenir from an amazing evening at the Hollywood Bowl.
Sean Hickey
It's been said that Verdi's Requiem is simply an opera on a religious text, and Gustavo Dudamel seems to agree.
Jim D.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Schiavone on April 15, 2014
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I was fortunate to have been present for the August 13 performance at the Bowl. Dudamel's interpretation swept me off my feet. With the superb resources at his fingertips--the LA Philharmonic, the LA Master Chorale & 4 top-notch soloists--he brought out details of Verdi's score that I had not previously noticed while molding an over-arching unity in all the movements. It felt more like a new composition than the Verdi warhorse it's reputed to be. After the performance, I wondered if it was really as marvelous as I seemed to experience it. The DVD confirms it for me. And what's more, I can experience it over and over. I agree with the other review that Dudamel displayed not flamboyance but a mature and measured approach. It was really "Verdi's" Requiem.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Warren Harris on January 26, 2014
Format: DVD
This DVD captures Gustavo Dudamel conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a performance of Verdi’s Requiem Mass at the Hollywood Bowl on August 13th & 15th of 2013. And I must day, I am darned envious of those people that got to see this performance live, as the recording is simply spectacular.

The performance features Juliana DiGiacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor), and Hdebrando D’Archangelo (bass). All of the soloists do an incredible job, but special mention must go to Michelle DeYoung for her captivating vocals and the sheer delight that is evident while she experiences the performances of her fellow soloists. This is music making as a group, and the results are stunning.

And Gustavo Dudamel – my, oh my, is he fabulous. He conducts the piece with his hands (as opposed to a baton), so as to be able to “get his fingers” into every part of the piece, as he explains in the “Behind The Scenes” interview extra. It is obvious that he feels the music in a very special way, and in the extra you can see how he expresses this to the orchestra and how they respond. The result is amazing music that is both operatic and symphonic – it quite simply doesn’t get any better than this. And the fire and brimstone of the “Dies irae” is as wonderful as the “Requiem aeternam” and “Libera me” sections that bring this work to a close.

If you are a Verdi lover or are a fan of Dudamel, then you absolutely must have this DVD. You won’t be disappointed. Very Highly Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jim D. on January 21, 2014
Format: DVD
It's been said that Verdi's Requiem is simply an opera on a religious text, and Gustavo Dudamel seems to agree. Conducting from memory, he relishes the dynamic and emotional contrasts of the score, and if the choir nearly disappears in the tumult when the orchestra really cuts loose, well, that's the nature of the beast. The soloists play their roles, too, the soprano rather cool and regal until her "Libera me," the tenor putting down his book to ham up the "Ingemisco." The chorus is fine, with some lovely soft singing (and good intonation in the treacherous a cappella sections), even if the sopranos are not together in their last fugal entrance. The camera work shows everything you could want to see, though the director misses a bet at the beginning of the "Tuba mirum" section: when the antiphonal brass begin their fanfares, the view cuts to the very back of the Bowl--only if you know what you're looking for can you spot the extra players (however, they are nicely spaced in the sound recording). Subtitles just appear when the text is first sung, and do not distract by appearing on each repetition. As an extra, Dudamel is interviewed about the work and shown rehearsing it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By SWHunter on August 3, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I just got done listening to/seeing this performance and I gotta say I was tempted to hit the fast forward button and push through a lot of it but I stuck with it and I have to say it's not a performance I'd ever go back to. I even re-listen to a number of sections to be sure.
Let's be honest: the sound is not good. It is clear, undistorted and bright but so equalized throughout that I found myself turning up the volume for the loud parts and turning it down for the soft parts. Bursts like Rex tremendae and Sanctus are so leveled acoustically they just don't make much of the impact I would hope for. I'm putting the blame for this on the sound engineering not on Masetro Dudamel who on second thought should have rung in on how his recording was engineered.
Let's face it except for Ildebrando D'Arcangelo who is completely in his element and does have the right voice for this music the rest of soloist are quite good to not acceptable. Julianna Di Giacomo has a lovely voice and brilliant top but is a bit over parted. I found an exquisite except of her singing from Mendelssohn's Elijah on her website. I hope she finds her way into lighter repertory rather than stripping her gears on heavy Verdi which she seems to be doing already. At her best, and this is a compliment, she reminds me of the young Pilar Lorengar. As for Vittorio Grigolo who sings with taste and sincerity I only wish he would learn the great Mozart roles. In this performance he struggles mightily for volume which often fails him and seems quite relieved when the performance is over and he can unbutton his tux jacket and show how svelte he is. Michelle DeYoung saddens me because it is a genuine voice of ample size who knows what the music is about.
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