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Henry Fogel
Fanfare, May 2014

This is a probing, sensitive, beautifully proportioned performance of Verdi’s Requiem.

What Dudamel manages here is an ideal balance between the devotional and the theatrical, between the intimacy and tenderness of much of the score and the fire and drama also present. And, most importantly, he unifies those elements into a whole that has a logical shape and inevitability despite encompassing extremes. It is a noble, deeply felt, profound performance, one worthy of standing with some of the finest.

One of the performance’s strengths is that the soloists and the chorus do not just sing the notes of their music. They are singularly effective at articulating the words and communicating their meaning.

As for the solo singing, it is at a very high level. The orchestral playing is superb, with some beautiful woodwind solos. The rehearsal and interview footage is particularly valuable, as it shows just how deeply Dudamel thinks about this music, and about how to lead it. © 2014 Fanfare Read complete review

Ralph V Lucano
American Record Guide, May 2014

…Dudamel leads a well-prepared, thrilling Verdi Requiem. The choral singing is splendid: full-bodied, flexible, responsive to the words. The orchestra plays superbly…The camera is always where you want it to be, aimed at the appropriate instrument or soloist. © 2014 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide

Chris Morgan
Scene Magazine, March 2014

It’s appropriate that this performance of Giuseppe Verdi’s iconic funeral mass should be conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, whose youthful vigor and stylistic aplomb gives this 140-year-old requiem a millennial polish. Dudamel’s mission is aided by singers Juliana DiGiacomo (soprano), Michelle DeYoung (mezzo-soprano), Vittorio Grigolo (tenor) and Hdebrando D’Archangelo (bass), a quartet of formidable ability and presence. The Los Angeles Orchestra and Chorus are no slouches either, and the singers and instrumentalists bring their best to the performance, as this impressively engineered recording demonstrates…Dudamel…doesn’t disappoint, and neither does this DVD. © 2014 Scene Magazine Read complete review

Janos Gardonyi
The WholeNote, January 2014

Young Dudamel’s idea of bringing Verdi’s Requiem into the open air, to an unlikely venue with questionable acoustics was a risky undertaking…but somehow it came off surprisingly well and turned out to be a huge success. And with good reason too.

Young he may be yet he is not a showman, but a very serious, dedicated and astute musician. He conducts the entire mass without a score and without a baton, using his hand gestures…not at all easy when controlling the vast forces at his disposal. Using carefully maintained slow tempi ensures every detail is moulded to perfection, but he never lets the tension sag…He is also fully aware of the tremendous dramatic aspects of the work…

There is a fine quartet of soloists, each having their memorable moment: Juliana Di Giacomo is heartbreaking in “Libera me,” the part actually written first where the soprano reigns supreme; Michelle DeYoung shines eternal light in “Lux Aeterna.” Vittorio Grigolo is certainly no easy-going Duke of Mantua…but deeply moving in his tenor solo at “Ingemisco”and Ildebrando D’Arcangelo, with his very suitable name, is a seasoned veteran in the basso role who provides a solid foundation to the numerous solo assemblies Verdi had always excelled in writing. © 2014 The WholeNote Read complete review, December 2013

What is particularly interesting in the DVD of Gustavo Dudamel conducting Verdi’s Requiem is Dudamel himself. The excellent chorale is a big reason for the interpretation’s success, and the soloists are quite impressive, too. The fervent delivery of soprano Julianna DiGiacomo and strong vocal contrast of mezzo-soprano Michelle DeYoung are a pleasure throughout. Bass Ildebrando D’Arcangelo…uses his voice skillfully and with restraint, producing a very effective performance. © 2013 Read complete review

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