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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,383 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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, Opera News

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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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3 of 3 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 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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars great performance of Gustavo Dudamel at Hollywood Bowl December 30, 2013
At the traditional Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles conductor Gustavo Dudamel performed the operatic Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi. Without baton he seems to be almost the musicians even closer. The Los Angeles Philharmonic follow him almost blind and the star cast of singers - including Vittorio Grigolo and Ildebrando D'Arcangelo - fits perfectly into the overall picture. In the bonus section of these DVD Dudamel explains his relationship with the Bowl and Verdi's Requiem. Overall, very well done. To be recommended.
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