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Verdi & Wagner: The Odeonsplatz Concert - plus arias by Massenet; Ravel: La Valse / Rolando Villazon, Thomas Hampson. Yannick Nézet-Séguin [Blu-Ray]

Notes & Reviews:

A special outdoor "event production" with star tenor Rolando Villazón and Thomas Hampson. Conducted by upcoming star conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin. The program includes popular arias, mostly from Verdi and Wagner.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 111 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): PCM Stereo, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Chinese, Korean


Fantastic concert recording featuring two amazing operatic voices!
This recording features the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Yannick Nézet-Séguin, as well as the two amazing voices of Thomas Hampson (baritone) and Rolando Villazón (tenor), along with some stunning scenery from Odeonsplatz in Munich. But of course, it is the music that is paramount, and with these gentlemen and this orchestra on stage the experience (even though recorded) is captivating indeed.

The disc (gorgeous in blu-ray) opens with Verdi’s “Les Vepres siciliennes” overture from Don Carlos, and it is immediately clear that both the orchestra and the conductor are prepared to bring forth the best music that they can bring on this day. Thomas Hampson appears on the third piece (“Ce breuvage pourrait…Vision fugitive”), and as always with Mr. Hampson, it is treat to just sit back and let his wonderful baritone voice wash over you. Mr. Villazón appears next in “Ah! Tout est bien fini” and he sings with a living force that is distractingly captivating.

Next we get to hear Maurice Ravel’s “La Valse”, and I found myself marveling at how good this orchestra and its maestro really are. Following that are selections from Wagner, gorgeously performed as the sun went down. And then back to Verdi where track 11 from Don Carlo “E lui Desso l’infante…” was the duet that just stole the show. I have no doubt that, had I been observed while watching, my jaw dropped during the performance of this piece. It was *amazing*.

There encores are featured from Verdi’s “Il corsaro”, and each is wonderful in and of itself. Bravi’s must also be extended to the chorus for doing remarkable work throughout the entire recording – when they are called upon, they are there and most certainly up to the high bar that Maestro Nézet-Séguin and the two soloists have set for the performance. Start to finish, this is a wonderful musical experience.

The liner notes are all to brief, but they do convey a sense of the atmosphere that was present when the recording was made. But it is the music and voices contained herein that matter, and for those listeners that enjoy the music making of Mr. Nézet-Séguin, Mr. Hampson, or Mr. Villazón, this disc is sure to delight. It is wonderful, and I strongly recommend it.

Submitted on 12/10/14 by KlingonOpera 
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