- Performer: Europa Chorakademie
- Orchestra: Orchestra of the Americas
- Conductor: Plácido Domingo
- Composer: Giuseppe Verdi
- Audio CD (July 14, 2009)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Label: Glor Classics
- ASIN: B001M0K2LO
- Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,022,115 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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Verdi, G.: Messa da Requiem
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Verdi wrote the Requiem in 1874 to mark the first anniversary of the death of Alessandro Manzoni, the grand old man of Italian literature. In view of the dramatic nature, colorfulness, and "Italianism" of the work, it was soon dubbed a "spiritual opera." Even those who were not opera fans spoke ambiguously of "Verdi's best opera." The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, a world-class multicultural orchestra that brings together young musicians from North & South America, is conducted here by Plácido Domingo. The vocal parts are performed by prominent soloists together with the EuropaChorAkademie under the leadership of Joshard Daus. DVD is playable in all regions; approx. run time 39 minutes.
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Placido Domingo takes a fast, mostly lightweight approach as a conductor. This performance fits easily onto a single disc, and that without the usual cut that has made single disc recordings of this work viable.
This is not a great performance, but it is more than passable. Gallardo-Domas IS the weak link among the soloists, but hardly as bad as the other reviewer makes out.
Her essentially lyrical instrument is overpowered by some of the climaxes and there are some unpleasant sounds, but she phrases well and basically has the measure of the music. The other soloists are just fine.
The amateur chorus and orchestra bring guts and enthusiasm to their work. Don't expect the Vienna Philharmonic, but these two groups have an energy that one sometimes misses in professional performances.
The sound recording is excellent.
There is an interesting bonus DVD that has four short documentaries. One about the festival that spawned this performance, one about the chorus, one about the current performance, and one about the same festival's performances of L'ENFANCE DU CHRIST by Berlioz.
This would not be a primary recommendation for a Verdi REQUIEM, but it is not bad.