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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly the best visual recording of Verdi's Requiem
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...
Published 12 months ago by George Thanos Assimakis

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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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. When I purchased this BR what I thought was that it is impossible to do a bad performing with such a quartet of soloists and with La Scala forces. Barenboim is unable to create tension from the very beginning. Soloists are ok, nothing spectacular, with Harteros...
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding but with insane sound dynamic range, 5 Nov 2013
This review is from: Verdi: Requiem (Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
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 repeat that.
The reason that I am writing this review is to emphasize one aspect that was not mentioned by others and that is the sound dynamic range. If you have an acoustically insulated room and you like to listen at concert hall sound level then this disc is perfect for you. If on the other hand you have neighbors then you have to decide whether to turn the volume down and lose the bass singing (in part) or turn it up to hear it and let the neighbors rush in to find out what is going on
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!, 9 Sep 2013
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Jonas Kaufmann makes me buy any work he is involved with. What a set of lungs! But add to that the cast on this, and Barenboim conducting and you get what you expect. Wonderful performance!
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but I had hoped for a little better, 10 Sep 2013
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John Chandler (Melbourne, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Verdi: Requiem (Teatro Alla Scala Di Milano) [Blu-ray] [2013] [Region Free] (Blu-ray)
I compared this carefully with the magnificent old Karajan on DVD and the recent Maazel on Blu from Venice. Considering its age and by today's standards the Karajan still has excellent sound and all the soloists are outstanding, Ghiaurov particularly so. The video is very weak however and it was not that difficult to look to both Blu-ray discs for a modern preference. That was not as easy as I thought it might be however. The picture on this new Decca is quite dark and skin tones suggest most of the performers had spent a week on the beach! The camera work tried to be too clever with many close-ups that in my view were just too close. This resulted in areas of the screen either being out of focus or moving in and out of focus and I found this close-up addiction a bit tiring. Maazel has a more pastel colour balance and some lovely views of the San Marco Basilica. Barenboim conducts rather frenetically and produces wonderful sound whereas Maazel is superficially rather laid back but he gets some fine sound too. The soloists here are pretty good, the ladies especially so. If only one could add in Ghiaurov and the slim-line Pavarotti! Both Maazel and Karajan have quite strong voice pickup, here the orchestra was more dominant, particularly in the case of the bass.
The subtitles here are limited and do not include the original Latin which is available on Maazel and Karajan. Maazel tells us his version is sung in Russian, Karajan and Barenboim describe Latin as Italian. Such inaccuracy is just slack!
For a video record of this work many may well want to stick with Karajan or even the Abbado but on balance I would probably give the finger to either of these Blu-ray discs as despite their faults the picture quality is vastly better than the Karajan. The ladies might take me to this one more often but Maazel has a better bass and a more attractive video presentation and the performance is pretty good too. This performance for me was let down by the video shortcomings, the poor mic setting for the bass and many potential buyers will be put off by the limited range of subtitles.
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4 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars boring, 20 Oct 2013
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It is really difficult to bore with one of the most beautiful works of sacred music, and Daniel Barenboim does. When I purchased this BR what I thought was that it is impossible to do a bad performing with such a quartet of soloists and with La Scala forces. Barenboim is unable to create tension from the very beginning. Soloists are ok, nothing spectacular, with Harteros watching to the cameras all the time, Garança without low notes, Kaufmann haughty, and Pape doing very well (as he usually does)
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