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on 14 November 2013
The first hour of this outdoor concert in Red Square is devoted mainly to Verdi, with indifferent results considering the amount of hype heaped on: "Truly the concert of a lifetime . . . . musical magnificence . . ." This is baloney. Aside from the Rigoletto aria "Cortigiani, vil razza dannat" that concludes the opening hour of European arias where Hvorostovsky comes alive and gets fierce, the performances are merely competent. Fortunately, the concert comes to a conclusion with 35" of Russian music, including the final scene from Eugene Onegin where dramatic involvement infuses the singing but the impact is lessened by the singers being immobilized in their assigned places on stage. The final 12" of the concert are the most successful, given over to folk songs awash in lovely sentimentality: "Dark Eyes" and "Moscow Nights". Such folk songs should have been the backbone of the concert and things would have jelled better musically and in terms of establishing connections to the audience. The orchestra is more like a summer band than an orchestra and the choir is victimized by the generally poor accoustics that only acquit themselves well with the two soloists. The visuals are generally sharp and crisp, even without Blu-Ray, and the panorama of Red Square and the city beyond are soothing and agreeable as darkness descends. The elaborate camera trackings of near and far across the vast spaces are formulaic and not integrated into the musical experience. Anna Netrebko has put on weight and become sedentary, hampering her stage presence and her voice has lost its miraculous lustre. Hvorostovsky carries most of the concert by himself, but overall nothing even approximates the "musical magnificence" boasted of in the hype. Overall, this is a standard, nuts and bolts concert, far from exceptional. What remains in the memory are the final 12" of traditional Russian favorites that owe as much to the nostalgic content of the songs themselves and their secure place in the Russian soul, as to Hvorostovky's superb charisma and fine contribution from the stage during these 12".

Fortunately there IS an unforgettable and standout concert to be enjoyed with Domingo, Villazon + Netrebko at her very best and it's been described as "the rare kind of concert that gives rise to myths": Domingo/Netrebko/Villazon: The Berlin Concert [DVD] [2006]. It's in a superlative class all by itself. It exceeds all expectations and it will LAST for all time.
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on 5 May 2014
Wonderful DVD!! Wonderful repertoire! They are both really stars! and they have a very good rapport between them also! Very very entertaining for all the fans!!!
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on 23 March 2015
Excellent concert
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on 18 February 2014
This is a wonderful concert performed by two of Russia's best operatic singers. Lots of Verdi to celebrate his bicentenery, but other composers feature to make this a varied and enjoyable concert.The singing is superb from beginning to end. Lovely encores too with the crowd in Red Square joining in. Lovely!
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on 24 September 2015
Enjoyed the concert and filmed in Red Square.
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on 27 December 2013
Anna Netrebko will never let you down since everything she has done always excellls in every possible way. In this concert the performance is outstanding. A must for any opera lover.
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on 14 January 2014
Before purchasing this item I decided to watch it on Sky Arts TV. In the first hour of Verdi recitals there were 7 x 5 minute breaks for ads. Any sense of continuity were lost. Given that this was scheduled for 2 hours 35 minutes on tv I would suggest the concert only lasted half of the allotted time - the ads just kept coming. So my exercise was ruined by an extremely poor effort by Sky. Actually, it was appalling. That first hour was not very dynamic. Throw in the chorale parts for Nabucco and Il Travatore and it all was an unconnected mish-mash. This was Dmitri Hvorostovsky's first major concert. He seemed to blossom ( although his attire left cause for concern ) as the evening went on. Netrebko has lost something. Given I have watched this, not in its entirety, on Sky first, I am not persuaded to purchase until I can see it in full.
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on 31 October 2014
great job!
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on 23 November 2013
This would have to rate as one of the most enjoyable concerts I have had the pleasure of watching and listening to. Both Dimitri and Anna were in superb voice. It must have been a bit distracting for them to be looking into the glare of the setting sun.(Probably this is a rarity in Moscow!!)Both the artists and the audience seemed to be enjoying the occasion. The choir and the orchestra were excellent as well. The picture and sound on Blu-ray was exemplary.Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
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on 15 December 2013
I am new to opera and classical.I cannot find anything negative to say about this concert.loved the duets and the orchestal solos.All in all great music great voices 10 out of ten
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