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Birthday Concert for Pope Benedict XVI [DVD Video]
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But the real surprising treat here is a fantastic performance of the Dvorak 9th Symphony "From the New World" under the baton of young conductor Gustavo Dudamel. Dudamel and the Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra hold nothing back in the way of power or artistry here. This young conductor has a bright bright future, and I had the feeling I was witnessing some history here. This work, amidst the striking architecture of Pope Paul VI Audience Chamber presents us with an memorable image. This Dvorak 9th is the very best that I have ever heard.
All the great music and the historic occasion of the concert make this disc well worth acquiring.
This DVD records His Holiness' 80th birthday Concert in April 2007.
The programme, so it says, was chosen by the Holy Father himself.
The focus rightfully go to the two young musicians, but a considerable share of the camera also goes to the Orchestra itself.
Hilary Hahn, the violin sensation from Curtis Institute who has in recent years yielded classical music's brightest stars (Hahn, Juan Diego Florez and Lang Lang),spends no time here to prove her impeccable virtuoso. Her delivery is clean and precise; her tone full and sumptuous. At times one yearns for a slightly less focused tone colour, especially in the slow second movement. The camera's focus on the predominantly female woodwind section of the Orchestra blends in well with the visual impact on Hahn, tastefully attired in a silk embroidered gown. The cadenzas are all Hahn's, showing her great respect for the occasion and love for the Pontiff. They are all rather long, but show off her virtuosity to great advantage. The star conductor, Venezuela sensation Gustavo Dudamel had a job competently done by giving the necessary orchestral backing in a way no more and no less.
The showtime for the conductor comes in the second half. Dvorak's New World Symphony is passionately rendered, with the piece suiting the young star's conducting style to a T.
The audience's elation is obvious, and the Concert ends in a high point with the Gabrieli's brass composition.
When we saw this DVD become available, filmed at the Vatican on April 16, 2007, we knew we would love to relive the experience of seeing such a magnificent place. The concert is in celebration of Pope Benedict XVI's 80th-birthday celebration and it incorporates words from our Holy Father saying thanks to all.
Violinist Hilary Hahn and conductor Gustavo Dudamel of Venezuela delight us through great music, and we find that anyone watching this DVD will enjoy the superb rendition of classical music. A must see!
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The Pope, Hilary, and Mozart in a single package. Can't imagine how it could get better.Published 10 months ago by James Roquemore
I love Benedict XV1. A fitting tribute to a humble Pope. Dudamel is simply an excellent conductor and I love Dvork's New World.Published on August 2, 2013 by bisdak
this DVD really is special --sample it on youtube. My teenaged G'kids will watch and listen with me--enjoying calling out each instrument and "helping" conduct! Read morePublished on May 27, 2013 by rudydot
This DVD cotains a recital by Hilary Hahn and a symphony performance. Both are as good as any musical event recorded for DVD can be. Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Tony Marquise Jr.
The most wonderfull music (DVORAKs 9.th. symphony "from the new World") with the wonderfull Orchestre and the most wonderfull conductor in the World: GUSTAVO DUDAMEL.Published on February 22, 2012 by poul
I loved the music selections for this concert. Dudamel is really something to watch - so much enthusiam and passion for the music. Excellent musicians all around. Read morePublished on April 21, 2010 by Skye