- Actors: Leonard Bernstein, Martina Arroyo, Joséphine Veasey, Plácido Domingo, Ruggero Raimondi
- Directors: Humphrey Burton
- Producers: Oliver Smith, Schuyler G. Chapin
- Format: Classical, Color, DVD-Video, NTSC
- Language: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Universal Music Canada
- Release Date: Feb. 28 2006
- Run Time: 93 minutes
- Average Customer Review: Be the first to review this item
- ASIN: B000E3LCWI
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #140,689 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Bernstein in London: Verdi Requiem (1970)
In the grandeur of St. Paul's Cathedral, Leonard Bernstein conducts the London Symphony Orchestra in a performance of Verdi's Requiem that marks Placido Domingo's first appearance with the Maestro. In an introductory note, Mr. Bernstein dedicates this performance to victims of war and opression: "Let us remember them all and meditate on our own salvation, here on earth." Soloists: Martina Arroyo. Soprano, Josephine Veasey, Mezzo-Soprano, Placido Domingo, Tenor, Ruggero Raimondi, Bass, The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
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The four soloists are Arroyo, Veasey, Domingo, and Raimondi. Their singing is delicious, equally dramatic and devout. The young Domingo comes soaring in at the beginning of the Kyrie, his clarion voice sending shivers down the spine. Veasey's rich, warm mezzo voice speaks to the listening heart and blends well with Arroyo in their duet. Arroyo's "Libera me" conveys both hope and terror without overdramatization or any loss of musical control. Raimondi is not quite at the same high level of the others: he covers and forces his voice somewhat, but it doesn't really matter, since it is clear that he knows what he is singing and that he wants to honor it fully.
The London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus cannot be faulted and indeed must be highly praised. I doubt that there is another orchestra and chorus in all of Europe that performs more consistently well than they did and do. Bernstein's conducting style can often seem overly dramatic in the concert hall, but in a space as large as St. Paul's it comes across as necessary and even reverent. He clearly lives the music and the text as he leads this performance.
The DVD is a transfer of a performance filmed in 1970 and released in 1992 on VHS, but the images are clear and the sound is excellent. And the price is right. Don't hestitate to purchase a copy: performances of Verdi's Requiuem don't come any better than this.
The orchestra was fantastic and the chorus was fair.
I was disappointed in that during the climax of Arroyo's last solo (Libera) the camera was not focused on her while she soared those beautiful high notes. I own several Verdi Requiems and this has been a problem in each. Who wants to see where they are singing or hear the rest of the chorus accompany them up to those heights. We want to see them hit those notes (alone) that "reach into the heavens".
Well worth the purchase!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The dvd at its price is a bargain...thanks to Amazon for making it available.