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Verdi: Messa Da Requiem (2013)

Gustavo Dudamel , Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra , Michael Beyer  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Ildebrando D'Arcangelo, Vittorio Grigolo, Michelle DeYoung
  • Directors: Michael Beyer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Classical, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: Latin
  • Subtitles: Chinese, English, French, German, Korean, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: C Major
  • DVD Release Date: November 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,876 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews


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, Opera News

Product Description

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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing interpretation of Verdi’s Requiem!!! January 26, 2014
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's sacred opera January 21, 2014
By Jim D.
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's Requiem: The Video Confirms It 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a shot! January 15, 2014
Despite of the general remarks of Dudamel's interpretations being sometimes too flamboyant, his reading of the Verdi Requiem is truly mature and balanced. This spiritually elevated interpretation is a milestone in Dudamel's conducting career. Furthermore, the singer cast is fabulous; I do especially find the Master Chorale really powerful and precise. Nice addition for every Verdi Requiem enthusiast's collection!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Okay not Really Good August 3, 2014
I like Dudamel's interpretation and the singers are all in fine voice however the sound could be much better. It is uneven and comes thru muffled in parts especially when the chorus is being drowned out by the orchestra. I also did not like Vittorio Grigolo's over emoting during "Ingemisco". The Requiem may be operatic but it is not an opera and does not need the theatrics. Had the same problem with Angela Gheorghiu in another DVD version. In a piece like this the singers should not be calling attention to themselves.

This is an okay performance with well-known soloists who are vocally good. But it pales when compared to the Price/Cossotto/Pavarotti/Ghiaurov DVD conducted by Von Karajan. That is the epitome of Verdi Requiem performances.

I did like the behind the scenes insight from Duhamel but overall this DVD is only okay not great or even really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi's Requiem al fresco August 2, 2014
For those distracted by the new screens and speakers at the `newly refurbished' Hollywood Bowl and for that reason elected not to attend the summer of 2013 performance of Verdi's operatic Requiem, this DVD is worth investigating. Courtesy of PBS who decided to air it for the public there likely will be more orders for the DVD as the performance now out of the headlines is solid and a fine evening for both conductor Gustavo Dudamel and his mighty forces.

The Hollywood Bowl ambience is captured rather well in this DVD as there are frequent shots of the stage form the top rows of the extensive Bowl benches: the Bowl is, we are informed in the added information to the performance the largest outdoor amphitheater for music in the United States. The natural acoustic this fabled site is now in the hands of acousticians and video manipulators so the old reverence of classical music in the outdoor evening is altered. But the new additions to the mechanics of the Bowl do offer the viewer some interesting views of the faces (and bodies) of the conductor, the four soloists, the members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Master Chorale. It makes for a nice viewing experience.

Dudamel elected to dispense with the baton and as a result his expressive hands are more available for molding the various moods and expressions the work requires. His overall concept is sound, architecturally correct, and given the fact that rehearsal time is limited for Hollywood Bowl performances, the result was a might and a touching Requiem Mass.
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