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5.0 out of 5 stars A truly spectacular celebration, 16 April 2012
This review is from: Celebracion - 2010 Opening Night Concert [DVD] (DVD)
I saw this concert on Sky Arts and had to have a copy of this DVD right away! It was the centrepiece of a grand family celebration as we caught our breath between lunch and dinner. It really put us in the mood for black tie partying. Get the champagne chilled and prepare to be enthralled by this wonderful celebratory concert by the Los Angles Philharmonic and top bel canto tenor Juan Diego Florez. The audience in evening dress in the beautiful concert hall were roused to several standing ovations by the captivating programme that brought us some of the best in opera by Rossini, Donizetti and Verdi (enjoyed as much in the concert hall as at the opera) and Latin American song and dance favourites. This is a must if you have Florez's charming Latin American CD or Fiesta by Dudamel and the Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra. To watch the vocal pieces in concert performance with subtitles was a joy. The close ups were a privilege you don't get in the concert hall, Dudamel's facial expressions and dancing postures on the podium embody the music precisely.

Programme: Overture to The Thieving Magpie, Aria from La Cenerentola, Overture to Semiramide, Aria from Semiramide, La Flor de la canela (arranged by Florez who wrote songs and performed in bars as a teenager, so good we reprised it twice), Granada, Huapango (you'll want to dance to this), Jurame (the romantic bolero), Alma llanera, Danzon No 2 (premiered in Mexico in 1994 this is wildly popular and a real showpiece for the orchestra), Encores: Aria "Ah mes amis" (Florez' party piece, yes, the one with the nine high C's), Canzona 'La donna e mobile'.

The concert ends with an explosion of streamers, utterly magnificent in every way. There is a nice insert booklet about the music. This DVD would make a wonderful gift for any special occasion.
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