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Verdi: Requiem (Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free]

Daniel Barenboim , Jonas Kaufmann    Exempt   Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Daniel Barenboim, Jonas Kaufmann, Elina Garanca, Anja Harteros, Rene Papé
  • Producers: Teatro alla Scala
  • Format: Classical, DVD-Video, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Decca
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Sep 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Daniel Barenboim conducts this version of Verdi's choral piece recorded at the Teatro all Scala, Milan, in 2012. The production was Barenboim's first as Music Director of the Milanese theatre and features performances by Jonas Kaufmann, Anja Harteros, Elina Garanca and René Pape.

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NOTICE: Polish Release, cover may contain Polish text/markings. The disk DOES NOT have English audio and subtitles.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect!... 6 Oct 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I already had Berliner Philharmoniker 2002 Abbado's version of this superb Requiem, with Gheorgiu, Barcellona, Alagna, Constantinov, Swedish Radio Chorus and Orfeón Donatiara. Great Job indeed and I'll never regret the purchase. At the time I faced it as a Five Star Work.

Though after listening this extraordinary Baremboim version, I felt unconfortable repeating that classification. Baremboim deserves more...or Abbado deserves less...?
I always feel dishonest and unfair when I start comparing versions but in this case I should be unfair if I wouldn't!
With all Respect for the excellence of Abbado's Direction, the unquestionable quality of Berliner Philharmoniker and Eric Ericson Chamber Choir fine performance, there was a kind of 'Magic Trick' when "Dies Irae" exploded from the Coro and Orchestra of Teatro Alla Scala! A Powerfull Moment! And a sequence of Powerfull Moments would follow it...

The Soul of the Composer is perfectly reflected in Baremboim's eyes and body language, and the strength of his Command has no discussion!
Another high point was the choice of the Singers and their superb Performances!
Today it should be insane to quest Kauffmann's Performing and there's no way to compare Alagna with Him! Today, Jonas Kauffmann is the owner of a Masterclass vocal technique and of a unique Timbre ! No rival in the Horizon...
I like The Mezzo Daniela Barcellona but listening to Elina Garanca is Heaven! Garanca Vocal Warm and Performing Quality has few rivals...
The same with Bass Julian Constantinov and René Pape. Constantinov is a good Performer but a little agressive for my taste and seems to be in trouble sometimes while Pape, is calm and expressive, has a velvety Timbre and doesn't strugle to breathe...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I was fortunate enough to have had obtained a ticket for this performance at La Scala in Milan at the end of August of 2012. Surprisingly enough it was quite easy to do so on the internet. When I came out, I was simply living in a different world. A world full of Verdi’s melodies! This was for me a unique experience.
Finally this performance has come out on Blu-ray and I pre-ordered it from Amazon. Having watched it on some very high-end equipment, I was reminded of how superb that performance had been.
Daniel Barenboim conducts the score with great affection and feeling. The chorus and orchestra of La Scala certainly live up to their name, simply outstanding. As for the soloists, Anja Harteros sings beautifully, with great easy and superb tone of voice. Elina Garanca is up to her usual superb standards. She sings with a superb voice, with character, pathos and plenty of feeling. Jonas Kaufmann sings very powerfully, fills the theatre with his voice that resounds in that immense space. Rene Pape sings in somewhat a softer tone to what I am used to. His voice is perhaps not as deep as some basses of the past like Boris Christoff, but still very expressive.
The high definition recording gives a very clear and crisp image with very rich colours and wonderful views of the theatre. The sound is also first rate, but unfortunately, I cannot but compare it with the live experience, which can never be equalled. I highly recommend this disc.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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From hushed enunciation of "Requiem" from the Scala chorus to the quiet sublime ending, this is a performance of great power and beauty. Barenboim coaxes wonderful singing and playing from the Scala forces and is joined by, quite frankly, the best soloist team available today. Having heard and admired all four soloists live in performance, it is an absolute pleasure to encounter them at their considerable best in this performance. Anja Harteros and Jonas Kaufmann, who recently sang superbly in the Munich IlTrovatore are ably matched by Elena Garanca and Rene Pape in quite simply the finest performance of this work, I have ever heard.

This is marvellous and recommended highly. If the possibility of 6 stars existed they would be well deserved.

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Barenboim's Verdi Requiem 3 Sep 2013
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This was an issue I anticipated with great expectations; as soon as it was announced I pre-ordered the Blu-ray, hoping that it would displace my favourite video performance, Abbado's DVD on EMI. In short, it hasn't managed to achieve that difficult task, but hasn't left me too disappointed.
Seeing Barenboim conducting makes it clear to all that he is thoroughly in command, and has moulded the performance to his own ideals, being alert to every change in tempo and dynamics. His chorus is well drilled; I would have preferred a little more sound from the basses, probably because theirs is the part I have been accustomed to singing. As a whole the chorus responds well to Barenboim's direction.
The line-up of soloists had my mouth watering, save for the soprano Anja Harteros who was a new name to me. She, however, soon endeared herself to me and became my preferred soloist; all in all it is an excellent quartet. Elina Garanca sings beautifully as always, but not as animatedly as her companions, and I would have liked more power in her lower register. Rene Pape is sonorously solemn and Jonas Kaufmann puts his operatic all into a heartfelt Ingemisco.
The performance, then, satisfied me - even thrilled me in parts.
Perhaps it was to Decca's disadvantage that I had just been enjoying Dudamel's Mahler 8th symphony on blu-ray, a production that impressed me on many counts but especially for the stunning high resolution pictures and natural surround sound. The introduction to the Verdi shows traffic passing in front of La Scala, and I immediately noticed some jerkiness in the movement. This continues throughout; not disastrously but enough to catch my eye.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Requiem
I have always treasured Giulini’s 1964 reading of Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem (with his dream team of soloists: Schwarzkopf – Ludwig – Gedda -- Ghiaurov) and perhaps used it as a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Gerhard P. Knapp
5.0 out of 5 stars AWE INSPIRIING
To get soloists of the calibre shown here in such a stage and under such a conductor as Barenboim was bound to be fantastic. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Martin Fierro
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful experience
Four great soloists, inspirational conductor and orchestra matched with superb sound and picture quality make this release a truly wonderful experience.
Published 5 months ago by mrs valerie lightbody
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Faults: missing subtitles in the original language (Latin), and the bass Rene Pape is at a lower level. Read more
Published 6 months ago by marco
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime
Powerful, sublime, moving, emotional. Barenboim gets so much out of the music and musicians (singers and orchestra). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
This version of Verdi's Capolavoro has all the credentials to be expected: top tier soloists, an orchestra and chorus of the highest calibre and Daniel Barenboim conducting with... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Zog
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding but with insane sound dynamic range
I enjoyed this Blu ray edition greatly regarding performance, sound, picture and soloists quality. I agree to to what most of the viewers wrote about its excellence and will not... Read more
Published 8 months ago by N.Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars Verdi Requiem
I have seen performances which are its equal but I imagine that this will become a digital / HD icon. Read more
Published 8 months ago by operatic
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting and Moving Requiem.
What could be better than seeing and hearing this piece performed on his centenary, at La Scala, in Verdi's homeland? Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bruce
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
It is really difficult to bore with one of the most beautiful works of sacred music, and Daniel Barenboim does. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Juan
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